Speno's Pythonic Avocado 21.1.2004


My so called development environment.

I wanted to talk about my development environment for Python. I do all my main development under MacOS X, but deploy to other UNIX systems. I write all my code using Vim . I don't use syntax coloring, nor do I use folding. Sometimes I'll use a split buffer when I'm feeling daring. Smiley

I make heavy use of PyChecker to check my code before running it. I really love it because it catches all of the stupid mistakes I make.

Like many python programmers, I spend a lot of time typing small code snippets directly into the python interpreter just to test things. This is amazingly useful. Beyond using tab-copletion with readline, I like to have my python history saved between sessions, so I use this in my .pythonrc file:

import rlcompleter import atexit import os import readline from pydoc import help # Make TAB complete stuff readline.parse_and_bind("tab: complete") # Save our interpreter history between sessions historyPath = os.path.expanduser("~/.pyhistory") def save_history(historyPath=historyPath): import readline readline.write_history_file(historyPath) if os.path.exists(historyPath): readline.read_history_file(historyPath) atexit.register(save_history) # clean up del os, atexit, readline, rlcompleter, save_history, historyPath

I didn't write those history saving bits myself. They were found on the net. Score! I've recently tried using IPython, an enhanced interactive python shell. I haven't switched over to it yet, but I think it's @edit command is really cool.

When it comes time to debug, I'm a big fan of just using print statements. Beyond that, I like to use 'python -i' to inspect the state of variables in the interpreter, and rarely I'll use 'pdb.run()' to run code under the debugger.

That's basically it. Nothing fancy, but the job gets done.

Take care.

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