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

TommyVee xxxxxxxx at
Fri Dec 28 02:09:20 CET 2012

"mogul"  wrote in message 
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I'm new to python, got 10-20 years perl and C experience, all gained on unix 
alike machines hacking happily in vi, and later on in vim.

Now it's python, and currently mainly on my kubuntu desktop.

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 

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

/mogul %-)

I'd say start with IDLE.  I wouldn't exactly consider it an "IDE", but it 
gives you a decent Python-oriented editor.  For me it handles 95% of what I 
need to do (for more ambitious projects, I use PyScripter on the Windows 

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