[Tutor] IDE for Python

Alan Gauld alan.gauld at btinternet.com
Thu Oct 7 18:23:10 CEST 2010

"Juan Jose Del Toro" <jdeltoro1973 at gmail.com> wrote 

> In your experience what is the best IDE for Python?

In my experience its vim and a couple of command shells.
But that's to do with 
a)what I use Python for and 
b) many years experience using vim 
It may not work for you (and you could substitute emacs 
for vim if your fingers 'speak' emacs).

> I've used SPE and IDLE, 

These are chalk and cheese. 
If you just want to write a few basic scripts then IDLE is 
a good choice. SPE is better if you want tov do GUI work
or bigger projects.

> I've also seen people using Eclipse 

PyDev on Eclipse is great if you already use Eclipse or if you 
are doing multi-language projects - and have a big modern PC...

> but which one do you recommend?

Whatever best matches what you are trying to do and your 
existing experience. And that may be more than one!


Alan Gauld
Author of the Learn to Program web site

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