[Tutor] Python Editors (particualrly Vim)

Gabriel Farrell gsf at panix.com
Wed Sep 21 18:55:40 CEST 2005

Uh oh, looks like you're begging for an editor war. 

That said, I'm in the vim camp.  It can do everything you specified
for all of the languages you mention (well, I'm not sure about
collapsible code...web search...aha![1]).  After using it for four
years, I'm still learning new tricks (see, for example, this page I
found today on indentation[2]).

vim's extendable with python scripts, but a lot of what you need for
coding is already built in.  I find most of my info either in the help
manual that comes with it (:h) or at vim.org.


[1] http://www.dgp.toronto.edu/~mjmcguff/learn/vim/folding.txt
[2] http://www.vim.org/tips/tip.php?tip_id=83

On Wed, Sep 21, 2005 at 02:00:20PM +0100, Ed Singleton wrote:
> 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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