Choosing a Python IDE. what is your Pythonish recommendation? I do not know what to choose.

Antonio Caminero Garcia tonycamgar at
Fri Jan 6 03:46:27 EST 2017

On Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 12:32:19 PM UTC-8, fpp wrote:
> > On Thu, Jan 5, 2017 at 12:12 PM, Chris Clark <chris.p.clark at>
> > wrote: 
> >> I want an IDE that I can use at work and home, linux and dare I say
> >> windows.
> >> Sublime, had to remove it from my work PC as it is not licensed.
> >> Atom, loved it until it slowed down.
> >> VIM, ok the best if you know vi inside out.
> >> Any JAVA based IDE, just slows up on work PC's due to all the
> >> background stuff that corporates insist they run.
> >> Why can not someone more clever than I fork DrPython and bring it up
> >> to date.
> >> Its is fast, looks great and just does the job ?
> I'm suprised no one in this rich thread has even mentioned SciTE :
> Admittedly it's closer to an excellent code editor than a full-blown IDE.
> But it's very lightweight and fast, cross-platform, has superb syntax 
> coloring and UTF8 handling, and is highly configurable through its 
> configuration file(s) and embedded LUA scripting.
> It's also well maintained : version 1.0 came out in 1999, and the latest 
> (3.7.2) is just a week old...
> Its IDE side consists mostly of hotkeys to run the interpreter or 
> compiler for the language you're editing, with the file in the current 
> tab.
> A side pane shows the output (prints, exceptions, errors etc.) of the 
> running script.
> A nice touch is that it understands these error messages and makes them 
> clickable, taking you to the tab/module/line where the error occurred.
> Also, it can save its current tabs (and their state) to a "session" file 
> for later reloading, which is close to the idea of a "project" in most 
> IDEs.
> Oh, and it had multi-selection and multi-editing before most of the new 
> IDEs out there :-)
> Personally that's about all I need for my Python activities, but it can 
> be customized much further than I have done : there are "hooks" for other 
> external programs than compilers/interpreters, so you can also run a 
> linter, debugger or cvs from the editor.
> One word of warning: unlike most newer IDEs which tend to be shiny-shiny 
> and ful of bells and whistles at first sight, out of the box SciTE is 
> *extremely* plain looking (you could even say drab, or ugly :-).
> It is up to you to decide how it should look and what it should do or 
> not, through the configuration file.
> Fortunately the documentation is very thorough, and there are a lot of 
> examples lying around to be copy/pasted (like a dark theme, LUA scripts 
> etc.).
> Did I mention it's lightweight ? The archive is about 1.5 MB and it just 
> needs unzipping, no installation. May be worth a look if you haven't 
> tried it yet...
> fp

Interesting thanks for the link. There are a huge diversity when it comes to IDEs/editors. Now I have more than enough options. 

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