While learning python, one question I had was, which python IDE to use? There are many options but being a Java developer I wanted to have something like Eclipse and it turned out that there is a plugin for eclipse which can be used for Python development with the auto-suggest, run, debug and many other features.
The plugin for eclipse is called PyDev and it's very easy to configure.
Note: I work on a windows machine, so all the instructions are around a windows machine.
- Get Python:
- Download the recent version of python from python.org.
- Run the setup file (python-
.msc) and follow the install insrtuction.
- Once the installation is complete, set the windows environment variable to point to the python installation folder.
- Right click on "My Computer".
- Select "properties".
- Click on the button "Environment Variables" under the tab "Advanced".
- Add the path of python installation to the PATH variable, in my case its "D:\Python27\".
- Go to dos command line and type the command ">python", if it takes you to the python command line, then it works.
- Get Eclipse and install the PyDev plugin.
- Install the plugin.
- Configuration of Eclipse.
- From eclipse menu, open Window -> Preferences.
- Look for PyDev -> Interepreter - Python.
- Click on new and add the python.exe.
- For windows, it was under the python installation i.e. d:\python27.
- For linux, find it by running the command >which python
And all done, you are good to go... Play with python in eclipse.
Also check out my new post on Python-pip tool.