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Developer JetBrains is well-known for their sophisticated IDEs (integrated developer environments), but their tools usually cost money to use. That is not always the case, however. The company has recently released a new version of their PyCharm IDE in two different flavors, one of which is entirely free.

Aimed at helping developers create scripts and applications using the Python The 5 Best Websites To Learn Python Programming The 5 Best Websites To Learn Python Programming Over the past decade, the Python programming language has exploded in popularity amongst programmers in all areas of coding. From web developers to video game designers to in-house tool creators, many people have fallen in... Read More programming language, PyCharm is now offered in a Professional Edition (starting at $99 for a personal license), as well as in a Community Edition which anyone can download and just use to their heart’s content under the free and open-source Apache 2 license.

As can be expected, the paid Professional edition has quite a few bells and whistles the Community edition lacks: It features Web development features for easier editing of JavaScript, CoffeeScript, HTML, and CSS; it also makes it easier to work with Python frameworks such as Django and Google App engine; and supports advanced features such as remote debugging. The Community edition is still plenty powerful in its own right. Most importantly, it features JetBrains’ intelligent code editor with its auto-indentation, code completion, and refactoring features.

If you’re just getting started with Python development, or are looking for something with a bit more oomph than your text editor, downloading PyCharm’s Community edition is a great way to see if an IDE is the right tool for you.

  1. Cristian Viorel P
    September 29, 2013 at 6:59 am

    I wonder how sublime text stands against this. Definitely need to try :).

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