Although it's not necessary to use a Python IDE for Python development (any good programmer's editor will do) an IDE does help a lot, especially if you are doing Python development all day, every day.
The following IDEs have very good reputations:
- WingIDE is a commercial product and has an extremely solid reputation. It is cross-platform, although it requires X11 on Mac OS X.
- Komodo is another cross-platform commercial product with very good reviews, and it doesn't require X11 on Mac OS X.
- SPE is free and highly-recommended by many Python users.
- There are Python plug-ins for various generic IDEs, including:
- ScrIDE is a free multi-language IDE for Mac OS X. It supersedes PyOXIDE, from the same author.
The Python Wiki has a long list of Python editors and IDEs, although having such a long list without any rating system makes it difficult to find what you are looking for.
Some good, free text editors:
Another good editor that I learned of recently is Editra. It's currently under heavy development and in alpha, but it shows a great deal of promise. It's licensed under the GPL, written entirely in Python, and cross-platform on Windows, OS X, and Linux. It's primarily a text editor at this point, but with its extensible plugin system it could easily become an IDE. It already has a code browser plugin, for example. A project to watch. --Rmunn 22:21, 23 September 2008 (UTC)