[Tutor] Python Editors (particualrly Vim)

Ed Singleton singletoned at gmail.com
Wed Sep 21 15:00:20 CEST 2005


I've been trying to decide which editor to use to edit Python (on
Windows mostly).

My wishlist of features would be:

- automatic code formatting (indentation etc)
- collapsible code (to collapse def's etc)
- automatic code coloring (that's easily changeable)
- auto-completion of namespaces
- easy to run scripts from the editor (a shortcut key to run them or something)

As I also do a lot of html, css and javascript it would be cool to
have an editor that could also handle them, in which case I would want
the same features for those languages, as well as the ability to write
macros, scripts, etc in python.

Having looked at loads of editors, I've ended up looking at emacs and vim.

Emacs seems too difficult with not enough support for using the mouse.

Vim seemed better, and I get the impression that it is possible to use
python to script the editor, but I can't find much information on
using vim as a python editor on windows.

My various questions are:

What other features should I be looking for?

What would be the best editor for a beginner to start using, with a
view to the long term?

Where can I find some authoritative information about setting emacs or
vim up as a fully featured python editor?

Thanks

Ed


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