On Wed, 2014-05-28 at 22:55 +1000, Chris Angelico wrote:
> On Wed, May 28, 2014 at 9:46 PM, Greg Schroeder <gmschroe...@gmail.com> wrote:
> >> > Please suggest, if we have any free ide for python development.
> >
> > Anything that writes text is fine.
> > I recommend the standard text editor for your OS (Notepad if you use
> > Windows, Textedit on Mac, whatever is on your GNU/Linux distro by
> > default) unless you know exactly what you don't like about it.
> No. Don't use Notepad for anything! It's easy enough to get a better
> editor. Among its other faults, Notepad:
> 1) Has problems with LF line endings (they vanish, and you have hugely
> long lines)
> 2) Puts three junk bytes onto the beginning of a file that it
> considers saved as UTF-8
> 3) Doesn't understand coding cookies, and will happily save something
> in a different encoding like CP-1252 (which it calls "ANSI")
> 4) Guesses encodings on load, giving rise to the famous "Bush hid the
> facts" trick - although this is unlikely to be a problem with
> something of decent size
> 5) Has issues with large files - or at least, it did last time I
> tried; this may no longer be true with Windows 7/8
> Default text editors on the Linux distros I've used have been far
> better, but still less than ideal. With Debian Squeeze, I got a gedit
> that bugged me in several ways, which is what pushed me onto SciTE.
> You can certainly start coding with gedit, though. The issues that I
> had with it were relating to heavy-duty usage that I do, where I'm
> basically spending an entire day delving into code and moving stuff
> around. These days, though, I'd rather have one editor on both the
> platforms I use (Windows and Linux, each in multiple variants), as it
> allows me to share configs and comfortable keystrokes. There are
> plenty of cross-platform editors to choose from.
> So, I agree with your analysis, as regards gedit ("know exactly what
> you don't like about it"). If it doesn't bug you, use it. But if
> Notepad doesn't bug you, *still don't use it*, because it's like
> driving a car that isn't structurally sound. It might not be you that
> gets hurt by it... or it might not be for quite a while that you see
> the problems... but the pain will happen.
> ChrisA
Well, learn something new every day. Any gripes against vim with some


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