Which python IDE for school use?

for all subjects/topics not covered by the other forum categories
Post Reply
User avatar
jonb
Posts: 2152
Joined: Sat May 21, 2011 12:42 pm
Location: South Coast of England
Contact:

Which python IDE for school use?

Post by jonb » Wed Jul 26, 2017 11:40 am

Hi

I'm after recommendations for a Windows based Python IDE that my daughter can use for GCSE Computing.

I've downloaded ERIC for now, but is that fit for purpose, or is there something better / easier to learn with?

Cheers
JonB

User avatar
BigEd
Posts: 1984
Joined: Sun Jan 24, 2010 10:24 am
Location: West
Contact:

Re: Which python IDE for school use?

Post by BigEd » Wed Jul 26, 2017 12:11 pm

Did you find this review of the field?
http://pythoncentral.io/comparison-of-p ... velopment/

User avatar
davidb
Posts: 2110
Joined: Sun Nov 11, 2007 10:11 pm
Contact:

Re: Which python IDE for school use?

Post by davidb » Wed Jul 26, 2017 12:24 pm

There are a few questions out there like this on sites like Stack Overflow, so I'm sure there's no shortage of opinions about this. ;)

Eric is a bit intimidating to begin with - like many IDEs, it's really for power users.

One intriguing IDE I saw recently is Thonny which is designed for beginners. Another that I tried briefly is Spyder. The Sugar learning environment has a Python editor (since some of its components are themselves written in Python) but I don't know how good it is.

My advice is to try out a few different ones and see which your daughter prefers.

User avatar
flaxcottage
Posts: 3118
Joined: Thu Dec 13, 2012 8:46 pm
Location: Derbyshire
Contact:

Re: Which python IDE for school use?

Post by flaxcottage » Wed Jul 26, 2017 12:59 pm

Idle on the Raspberry Pi is simple to use and OK for GCSE. It is also available for Windows.
- John

Why do I keep collecting Acorn gear? I'm going to need a considerably bigger man-cave. :?

User avatar
jonb
Posts: 2152
Joined: Sat May 21, 2011 12:42 pm
Location: South Coast of England
Contact:

Re: Which python IDE for school use?

Post by jonb » Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:47 pm

I put Idle on the PC and I think my daughter is OK with it, but I'd also like to see an easy to use IDE. Idle presents like a shell / text editor. You're right about Eric - I gave up when I saw how many dependencies I had to install up front, and it does look a bit heavy.

User avatar
Elminster
Posts: 2649
Joined: Wed Jun 20, 2012 8:09 am
Location: Essex, UK
Contact:

Re: Which python IDE for school use?

Post by Elminster » Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:25 pm

Have you tried Pycharm, quiet popular. I use occassionally.

https://www.jetbrains.com/pycharm-edu/

Although I tend to just use an editor and then run via cmdline etc.

User avatar
davidb
Posts: 2110
Joined: Sun Nov 11, 2007 10:11 pm
Contact:

Re: Which python IDE for school use?

Post by davidb » Wed Jul 26, 2017 3:13 pm

The Integrated Development Environments page on the Python Wiki lists many current and historical IDEs. Another one I looked at briefly a few years ago is Ninja IDE which I may try out again just to see what it's like now.

Post Reply