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

Tim Johnson tim at
Sun Dec 30 01:38:40 CET 2012

* Grant Edwards <invalid at invalid.invalid> [121229 10:02]:
> On 2012-12-27, mogul <morten.guldager at> wrote:
> > 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,
> No.
> > or will vim, git, make and other standalone tools make it the next 20
> > years too for me? 
  I've been using vim for 12 years now. And it works pretty good for
  me as an "IDE". I've written a lot of vimscripts to make vim
  better do my bidding and made generous use of contributed scripts.

  I see no reason to think that I would be more productive using
  anything else, but that is just me.

  Along the way, I did use emacs as well and ended doing quite a bit
  of elisping.

  Elisp does have the advantage of asynchronously running the
  interpereter inside of the editor.... Just one thing that I
  wouldn't mind seeing in vim.....

  I do find vim a bit more nimble than emacs, but each to his/her
  own. It's wonderful to have all of the choices.

  They'll take away my vim when they pry it from my cold, dead
tim at tee jay forty nine dot com or akwebsoft dot com

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