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I am new to python development and I want to know what kinds of tools people use for python development. I went to Python website and found several tools.

  1. Automated Refactoring Tools
  2. Bug Tracking
  3. Configuration And BuildTools
  4. Distribution Utilities
  5. Documentation Tools
  6. Integrated Development Environments
  7. Python Debuggers
  8. Python Editors
  9. Python Shells
  10. Test Software
  11. Useful Modules
  12. Version Control

What else do I need? Also, which software is used in daily base? I know version control software and bug tracking software are used almost everyday by developers. Which software is used less often?

Also, I will use GUI interface for Python. What kind of widget toolkits do you recommend? I know there are GTK+ and Qt.

posted Jun 23, 2013 by anonymous

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The Python wiki at http://wiki.python.org/moin/ has a lot of info on most of your subjects. I've included links to there for some of your items below.

All your items below also have commercial products available but I an not familiar with any so all me comments below pertain only to free tools.

  1. Automated Refactoring Tools
    I wish.
  2. Bug Tracking
    This is not really Python specific so any bug tracking tool you want to use will work. There are several written in Python. The Python (cpython) project uses one called Roundup.
  3. Configuration And BuildTools
  4. Distribution Utilities
    http://wiki.python.org/moin/DistributionUtilities
  5. Documentation Tools
    The most popular documentation tools for Python projects is Spinx, probably because the Python documentation itself is build with Spinx. see also http://wiki.python.org/moin/DocumentationTools
  6. Integrated Development Environments
    http://wiki.python.org/moin/IntegratedDevelopmentEnvironments
  7. Python Debuggers
    Python comes with a builtin debugger called pdb. There are also a number of other add-on debuggers like pydb. See also: http://wiki.python.org/moin/PythonDebuggingTools
  8. Python Editors
    Any editor for programming is fine. This is mostly personal taste and experience. It is a frequent topic of discussion here so a web search should turn up some info.
  9. Python Shells
  10. Test Software
    Python comes with modules that will assist you in writing your own tests, most notable unittest and doctest. There are a number of third party modules too: See http://wiki.python.org/moin/UnitTests
  11. Useful Modules
    The main repository for public Python modules is PyPi: See https://pypi.python.org/pypi
  12. Version Control
    Git and Mercurial (hg) seem to be the two most popular "modern" VCS used by Python developers with Bazaar (bzr) right behind them. There was a discussion here very recently on that subject, see https://groups.google.com/d/topic/comp.lang.python/MD4Oqq9GJiQ/discussion

This really depends on what kind of development you will be doing and who else you will be doing it with. A minimal development environment is a shell, python interpreter, and an internet connection.

Python comes with a GUI toolkit called tkinter. The other major GUI toolkit is wxPython although it is not yet
available for Python3. See also http://wiki.python.org/moin/GuiProgramming

answer Jun 23, 2013 by anonymous
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