[Tutor] Recommended Python Compiler

Wolfgang Maier wolfgang.maier at biologie.uni-freiburg.de
Mon Jul 31 09:22:01 EDT 2017

On 07/31/2017 02:53 PM, Chris Warrick wrote:
> On 31 July 2017 at 14:45, Wolfgang Maier
> <wolfgang.maier at biologie.uni-freiburg.de> wrote:
>> 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).
> IDLE is one step up from Notepad. Which makes it a pretty terrible
> editor. It even lacks line numbers, which is an elementary feature,
> and a necessity for debugging (tracebacks!)

- Displays current line number in lower right corner
- Has a goto line number option
- Lets you right-click line numbers ,emtioned in tracebacks, then jump 
right there

Have no intention to start a but-whatever-ide-is-better-debate

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