New to python, open source Mac OS X IDE?

Philip Semanchuk philip at
Wed Jan 28 00:23:35 CET 2009

On Jan 27, 2009, at 6:06 PM, joseph.a.marlin at wrote:

> Greetings! I've heard enough raving about Python, I'm going to see for
> myself what all the praise is for!
> I'm on a Mac. I use Netbeans for Java, PHP, and C if needed. Do you
> even use an IDE for Python?

Some people do; I don't.

> Any recommendations on open source Python environments?

I don't like single-use environments; I work frequently in Python, C,  
SQL, HTML, etc. and I prefer a general programmer's editor rather than  
switching applications based on which language I'm using. For that  
reason I can't give you any advice on Python-specific environments. My  
favorite open source editor on OS X that groks Python is jEdit. I,  
however, use the non-open source TextMate. It's very programmable and  
has a lot of user-contributed goodies. The community around it has  
somewhat of an open source ethic even if the main application is not.

You could also use XCode which isn't open source, but it is free.

HTH and welcome to Python

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