IDE or Editor for Python?

I am new to the language Python. I have made some failed attempts to learn that (and Java), then I found and I couldn't possibly recommend it enough. My question is, once I take the training wheels off, what editor or IDE do you recommend I use? I've heard good things about VIM, but it seems very minimalist (something that worries me as a beginner). I'm all ears, but please give a good explanation to support your argument if you can.


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  • LipChg
    Lv 5
    7 years ago
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    Actually you have to try all those editors if you really need one. You need to find one that you are comfortable with. Everyone has different opinion. I just use Notepad++ to code my Python scripts. VIM is good in a way but depends on how you used it. It helps you worked on Unix system's Vi tools which are quite similar. Powerful if you know what you are doing especially with regular expressions.

    Anyway, no harm trying. Just find one that suits you. I don't depend on text highlighting or funky troubleshooting or fancy stuff so normal text editors will do for me.

    Hope this helps. Good luck.

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  • 4 years ago

    I love "developed" text editors. Which are enormously less then an IDE however still present things like syntax excessive lights and line numbering. I use Kate but that may be a KDE application. If you happen to rather want the whole IDE bundle I hear Eclipse has a Python plugin.

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  • 7 years ago

    Well my personal favorite is Sublime Text, as it runs incredibly fast and has some features I just haven't seen anywhere else. Not to mention it as a ton of Themes, Schemes & Plugins. Additionally it is written mostly in python so you might be able to have some fun customizing it. While it isn't technically free, it does let you try the program WITHOUT restrictions for an UNLIMITED period of time.

    Their front page gives you a good taste of what you can do with it:

    Some of the features:

    * Supported in Windows, Mac, & Linux

    * Regex searching of file(s) & folders

    * Multi-line editing

    * Line/Method/Object searching (via the Command Palette)

    * Package Control plugin manager (

    * Cheap as far as IDE's go ($70)

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  • 7 years ago

    I've used Eclipse and Wing IDE. I'd recommend either. Eclipse is better though in my opinion.

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    I like Sublime edit. I can use it on Mac, Windows, or Linux.

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