December 9, 2008

Python - Trying Out NetBeans IDE

I normally don't use an IDE for Python development. The majority of my day is spent inside my SciTE editor.

However, Sun recently released NetBeans IDE 6.5 for Python, and I figured I would give it a try. So far I really like it. The Python support works well. It has syntax highlighting, code complete, debugger, integrated console, etc. Overall, it is a comprehensive and nicely designed IDE.

NetBeans is a full featured development environment and supports:
Ajax | C/C++ | Databases | Debugger | Desktop | Editor | Groovy | GUI Builder | Java EE | JavaFX | Java ME | Java SE | JavaScript | Mobile | PHP | Profiler | Python | Refactor | REST | Rich Client Platform | Ruby | SOA | SOAP | UML | Web | WSDL | XML

The IDE is written in Java so I thought it would be dog slow, but it's pretty snappy to work with.

I've decided I will try it for a week and then decide whether to use it as my main dev environment.

Anyone else using NetBeans for Python development?

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