[Tutor] While learning Py: To IDE or not to IDE?

Brian van den Broek brian.van.den.broek at gmail.com
Sun May 20 23:44:03 CEST 2012

On 20 May 2012 23:04, "boB Stepp" <robertvstepp at gmail.com> wrote:


> Goals: Learn Python. While learning Python, learn all of the good
> C.Sc. stuff that I should have learned the first go-around, Learn Java
> and C/C++. Reevaluate.


> Finally to the question: With the stated goals above, would it be
> better to invest time now at the front-end in learning a powerful IDE,
> or am I better served, while learning Python, to stick with IDLE and
> the shell and worry about an IDE later? I am willing to invest time
> now on learning an IDE if it will save me time overall. IF it would be
> beneficial now to learn an IDE, then it begs the question as to
> whether I should search for the best IDE for Python, then later the
> best one for Java, etc., or, instead, look for the best one that can
> handle all of the languages I plan to learn and use.
> Thanks for any guidance you can provide!
> --
> Cheers!
> boB

Hi boB,

These are close to religious questions :-)

With you polyglot agenda, I would say you would be much better off to learn
a powerful multipurpose editor well than to try to find the best of breed
of each class of special purpose tool.

There are three basic choice: emacs, vi or vim, and everything else. There
is widespread, though not uniform, consensus that The One True Editor is
one of emacs and vi. After that, the rest is flamewars.

I am an emacist, myself. But some of my best friends are vimists.

Good luck,

Brian vdB
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