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

Jamie Paul Griffin jamie at
Fri Dec 28 07:51:20 CET 2012

* mogul <morten.guldager at> [2012-12-27 12:01:16 -0800]:

> 'Aloha!
> 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 me? 
> 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 %-)

If these are the tools you're used to, stick with them. 

I have a tmux session with however many terminals open I need. I use the
traditional vi editor (not vim) and the python shell/interpreter as well
as the UNIX tools I need. A web browser and a separate urxvt window for
my mutt client when I need to mail a list for some help. That's it. 

The benefit of the tmux client (terminal multiplexer) is that I can see
all the screens at the same time and quickly switch between them. I
believe Linux has screen(1) which does the same thing. 

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