[Tutor] Recommended Python Compiler

Wolfgang Maier wolfgang.maier at biologie.uni-freiburg.de
Mon Jul 31 08:45:20 EDT 2017

On 07/31/2017 03:31 AM, Mats Wichmann wrote:
> since this all opinions :), I don't think idle is worth bothering with. for editor that can do ide like things, consider atom (free, get a bunch of plugins) or sublime text (not free). for a full ide, pycharm is great (community edition free). for a lightweight ide to get started, i liked thonny when i trialed it at somebody's request, but do look at that wiki page, tons of choices there.

As you're saying, it is all about opinion here so let me defend IDLE 
here. There may be more powerful IDEs than IDLE, but it takes you a long 
way (far beyond beginner/scripting level) and, of interest if you are 
ever writing Python code on a Windows machine, typically comes installed 
together with the Python interpreter there, so you will find it on many 
machines (even ones you are not allowed to install other software on).


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