Programmers love their tools and they love to talk about them. Plenty of questions in the Python community are similar to “What IDE should I use?”.
In this lengthy article we will take a good look at both PyCharm and Komodo, two well known IDE’s available today.
In this Python IDE comparison we will take a look at the latest versions of PyCharm and Komodo IDE. Jetbrains release PyCharm 5 this week and ActiveState followed with version 9.3 of their Komodo IDE. Both releases are quite important since Python 3.5 is now fully supported and both contain a number of cool new features.
Python IDE comparison
Writing a comparison between IDE’s is pretty damn hard. The feature set is immens compared to other software and it really takes a while before you can appreciate and fully grasp the way a feature is implemented. Throughout this review I have tried to let my personal preference out of it.
PyCharm on the other hand is a product based on the IntelliJ IDEA platform and is completely geared towards Python development. So where ActiveState developers had to make compromises to appeal to developers of various stacks, Jetbrains could just go wild and give PyCharm all features Python developers craved.
Here’s an overview of all feature’s we will be reviewing in both IDE’s. Click on the chapter to skip ahead or follow along with the next button 🙂
- Python interpreter support
- Test framework integration
- Version control integration
- Plugin and third party support