Chapter 3. Your Development Environment
This chapter provides an overview of the text editors, integrated development environments (IDEs), and other development tools currently popular in the Python edit â test â debug cycle.
We unabashedly prefer Sublime Text (discussed in âSublime Textâ) as an editor and PyCharm/IntelliJ IDEA (discussed in âPyCharm/IntelliJ IDEAâ) as an IDE but recognize that the best option depends on the type of coding you do and the other languages you use. This chapter lists a number of the most popular ones and reasons for choosing them.
Python does not need build tools like Make or Javaâs Ant or Maven because it is interpreted, not compiled,1 so we do not discuss them here. But in ChapterÂ 6, weâll describe how to use Setuptools to package projects and Sphinx to build documentation.
We also wonât cover version control systems, as these are language-independent, but the people who maintain the C (reference) implementation of Python just moved from Mercurial to Git (see PEPÂ 512). The original justification to use Mercurial, in PEPÂ 374, contains a small but useful comparison between todayâs top four options: Subversion, Bazaar, Git, and Mercurial.
This chapter concludes with a brief review of the current ways to manage different interpreters to replicate different deployment situations while coding.
Just about anything that can edit plain text will work for writing Python code; however, choosing the right editor can save ...
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