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Good free python IDE

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Hi, I am wanting to start learning python, can I get some recommendations for a good free IDE. I use eclipse for my java work and would like to know if something similiar exists for python development. Thanks

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There's always IronPython for VisualStudio, if that's your cup of tea.

For lighter "scripting" languages, I personally like e-TextEditor, which is a clone of Mac's TextMate. It isn't free, but it's worth the $30 or whatever I paid for it.

And, of course, you'll get tons of good recommendations from people who actually use python a lot. I've seen this very question asked numerous times on GameDev.

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I too support Vim, but it's an editor that takes a while to learn. I mean, the default mode of operations doesn't allow you to edit! You have to press i to go into insert mode, then start typing, and it's escape to get back into normal mode.

A friend of mine uses Emacs, which I think has similarities, but doesn't have the mode system.

But, people use tools like Vim and Emacs because they're very powerful. And by getting plugins for Vim, which most are installed just by putting in the plugin folder, it becomes even more powerful!

I'd only suggest Vim if you're willing to take the time to be more efficient with it that a normal editor. Also, if you're willing to spend time googling tips on how to use it even better.

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I was using PyScripter for while, but I've switched to Eclipse + PyDev. Python 3.0 was crashing PyScripter for some reason. Instead of hastling with figuring out why, I just switched over.

If you're already using Eclipse for Java the nabbing up PyDev for doing Python programming as well with Eclipse makes sense.

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