As an aspiring developer, I am always looking for the best integrated development environment (IDE). Recently, I have developed an interest in Python programming, and there are many IDE’s from which to choose. The challenge presents itself at choosing the best IDE. Since selecting the right one most likely depends on the platform on which it is run (Linux or Windows).

At the lowest point, a good IDE should have the following features:

• Cross-platform — this means that it should run on Windows, Linux, Mac OS and other operating systems

• Autocomplete function — it prompts the user for possible completions to code as they type.

• Debugging — allows the user to correct his code within the program

• Line numbering — has a line number for each line in the file. It is important during debugging because errors and tracebacks refer to a line number.

• Indentation — the IDE knows what ident level your code needs to be at and it either deletes or adds the spaces accordingly

• Code templates — this allows a user to create and use templates for some sections of code. It saves you from typing and remembering the code.

• Source control support — refers to programs such as git, mercurial, or CVS that keep track of the changes in your code. This feature allows a user to manage source control from within your IDE.

• Unit Testing — this means testing individual pieces of code.

  • Syntax highlighting

However, it is true that, whether you are writing one script or multiple scripts for a big project, an Ideal IDE will speed up your development time and it is advisable to use one.