New to python, do I need an IDE or is vim still good enough?

Tim Chase python.list at
Thu Dec 27 22:25:38 CET 2012

On 12/27/12 14:01, mogul wrote:
> Do I really need a real IDE, as the windows guys around me say I
> do, or will vim, git, make and other standalone tools make it the
> next 20 years too for me?

Coding Python (and before that C, Pascal, and even some VB in there)
using vi/vim has worked for about 10 of the last 15 years of my
career.  Most VCS concepts carry over, even if the exact technology
changes:  I started off with zipfiles, then an unfortunate dance
with VSS & CVS before finding Subversion, then Mercurial, and now
git.  So time spent with git won't be lost.

Some like the hand-holding of a full-blown IDE, but I prefer to get
intimate with the code and stick to a text editor.

> Oh, by the way, after 7 days I'm completely in love with this
> python thing. I should have made the switch much earlier!

Alas, one of the worst parts about programming in Python is that I
now find it hard to go back to any of the other languages that I
know. :-)


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