Normally I program in Java, but recently I needed to write a quick program, and I turned to my favorite language for such tasks, Python. I hadn’t used Python for a while, so I’d forgotten how much I like the language — terse, clean syntax, and an elegant design.

But I’m still looking for a good IDE for writing Python programs in Windows — a text editor and the command line just don’t cut it for me. Currently, I’m keeping my eye on four environments. Two of them, DrPython and ActiveGrid IDE, are standalone, and the other two, Pydev and TruStudio, are built on Eclipse, which I use for Java programming.

I also came across a free text editor called PSPad. While I’m a fan of TextPad, you can never know too many text editors.

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