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developerWorks: Review of Python IDEs

Dec 18, 2003, 05:30 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Mertz)

"Although I use a number of computers on a daily basis, running OS/2, Linux, FreeBSD, and once every great while Windows, I find that I do an increasing proportion of my work on my PowerBook laptop; I really like the fact that I have a Unix core underlying a polished GUI--and perhaps I like even more that I can write articles like this one at a local cafe. In my experience, a large proportion of the Python developers I chat with use this same platform. One of the best things about developing on such a Unix-like/X11 environment is that every Python application I create works without changes once uploaded to my Linux-based Web servers or distributed to Linux-based desktop users. (Unfortunately, in my experience, Linux-based laptops still lag behind OS X ones).

"I should start with another confession. Even though I have tried out many IDEs for many programming languages, over the years, I always seem to return to using 'favorite text editor plus command-line' when I actually want to get something done. It is hard to sell me on form builders, code repositories, structured application templating, code wizards, and all those other things Then again, I wrote a book about text processing--not about GUI development--and most of the programming work I have done in my life has been far closer to the former than to the latter..."

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