"I have had the opportunity in the last couple weeks to
take a fresh look -- or a first look -- at a number of Python
development environments. While it will probably take a lot to sway
me from a tried-and-true "favorite text editor, plus command-line"
approach to Python development, interest in more comprehensive
integrated development environments (IDEs) for Python is evident on
Python discussion sites.
My overall impression of Python IDEs leads me to a somewhat
surprising conclusion. Perhaps some general principle underlies
this, or perhaps it is merely chance. In general, I find the free
tools quite a bit better than the commercial ones that cost