Choosing a Python IDE. what is your Pythonish recommendation? I do not know what to choose.
maillist at schwertberger.de
Wed Jan 4 16:09:30 EST 2017
On 04.01.2017 07:54, Antonio Caminero Garcia wrote:
> Unfortunately most of the time I am still using print and input functions. I know that sucks, I did not use the pdb module, I guess that IDE debuggers leverage such module.
pdb is actually quite useful. On my Windows PCs I can invoke python on
any .py file with the -i command line switch by right clicking in the
Explorer and selecting "Debug". Now when the script crashes, I can
inspect variables without launching a full-scale IDE or starting the
script from the command line. For such quick fixes I have also a context
menu entry "Edit" for editing with Pythonwin, which is still quite OK as
editor and has no licensing restrictions or installation requirements.
This is a nice option when you deploy your installation to many PCs over
For the print functions vs. debugger:
The most useful application for a debugger like Wing is not for
bug-fixing, but to set a break point and then interactively develop on
the debugger console and with the IDE editor's autocompletion using
introspection on the live objects. This is very helpful for hardware
interfacing, network protocols or GUI programs. It really boosted my
productivity in a way I could not believe before. This is something most
people forget when they evaluate programming languages. It's not the
language or syntax that counts, but the overall environment. Probably
the only other really interactive language and environment is Forth.
> If it happens to be Arduino I normally use a sublime plugin called Stino
> (1337 people starred that cool number :D)
Well, it is CodeWarrior which was quite famous at the time of the 68k Macs.
The company was bought by Motorola and the IDE is still around for
Freescale/NXP/Qualcomm microcontrollers like the HCS08 8 bit series.
Around ten years ago the original CodeWarrior IDE was migrated to
something Eclipse based.
When I last evaluated HCS08 vs. Arduino, the HCS08 won due to the better
debug interface and native USB support. HCS08 is still quite cool, but
when it comes to documentation, learning curve, tools etc. the Arduinos
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