[Tutor] Best Python Editor

Tom Green xchimeras at gmail.com
Sat Jun 13 13:48:45 CEST 2009

For Windows check out PyScripter.  Its IDE is similar to Borland Delphi and
I find it very easy to use.  Whatever works for you would be "best" for
you.  PyScripter is FREE and I would highly recommend it for people who are
new to Python or people with programming experience that are used to
programming in a IDE.

T. Green

On Sat, Jun 13, 2009 at 6:52 AM, Dave Angel <davea at ieee.org> wrote:

> Eddie <eddie9139 at gmail.com> wrote:
>  Hi guys,
>> What would you regard as the best free Python editor to use on Windows
>> for a new guy? Searching Google i see that there is quite a few out
>> there and is "VIM" the best one to go with?
>> Regards
>> Eddie
> This is such a common question on the python forums it ought to be in a
> FAQ, and maybe it is.
> VI and EMACS are the two "standard" Unix editors, going back decades.
>  Somebody used to the flexibility of either of those two, who is now stuck
> on Windows, would naturally not want to give up any of the "customizability"
> of these.  And people have posted macros for each to automate some of the
> things you'd like for Python, such as auto-indent.  VIM is an editor in that
> heritage.
> Somebody who's used Windows for 20 years, however, might expect that
> Ctrl-S, Ctrl-F4, Alt-F4, etc. have standard meanings.  So they might be more
> comfortable in an editor that starts with the Windows interface, and builds
> on it.   I use metapad for many things, though not for Python.  Others use
> Notepad++.
> Next question is whether you want an IDE.  The ability to single-step in
> the debugger, locate and fix a problem in source, and start again, in a
> single environment is appealing.  When I have a stack trace showing in the
> debugger, I can use the debugger to locate the source at any level of that
> stack without having to explicitly load the file and jump to the specified
> line number.  And no risk that the same file is already loaded into some
> other editor and I'm going to lose changes if some are made one place and
> some another.  And of course, it's nice to have a locals window, a globals
> window, a watch window, ...
> People that do not like an IDE cite the advantage of using a single editor
> for several programming languages, for word processing, and for web design.
>  If such an editor is highly programmable, that would seem very good as
> well.
> So then it comes down to opinion.  I use the (not-free) Komodo IDE.  There
> is a free Komodo-Edit with most of the same features, but I really don't
> know what subset it includes.  It is programmable with many canned add-ins,
> or you can customize it yourself with recorded macros and with scripts in
> Python or (I think) Javascript.  Its addin technology is related somehow to
> Firefox, and I think it used a lot of the Mozilla code in its engine.  The
> default UI is very familiar to people with Windows experience, though I
> don't know how it works on Mac and Linux
> http://www.activestate.com/komodo/    Komodo IDE
> http://www.activestate.com/komodo_edit/   opensource Komodo Edit
> http://www.activestate.com/komodo_edit/comparison/    comparison between
> the two
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