Thursday, April 01, 2010

Eclipse Pydev support for Django coming

I'm a big fan of aptana's free Pydev IDE for Eclipse. It does all the stuff a Python developer could wish for: code completion, hover explanations, click to show declaration, debugging and much more.

If you set the source in Eclipse to http://pydev.org/nightly you'll get a peek at what's coming, especially for Django developers. You will be able to make a Django project without needing the command line tools:

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You get to choose basic settings such as the database from a nice GUI:

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There's menu items for common tasks such as creating an app within a project and syncdb:

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Great stuff Fabio!

Screen shot 2010-04-02 at 1.17.41 PM.pngYou end up with a useful start point without any typing.

I often run up a little Django project just to try something out, and I find myself copying and pasting the same old settings stuff to make the project portable.

Eclipse and Pydev is a big part of my daily life, this week I visited a friend working in Python in straight BBEdit (a fine editor), the other great hope is that TextMate 2 ever comes out and can have smarts like real code completion added in somehow. (Maybe Alan's busy on the port to iPad?)

Update

No sooner than I posted this, than the Django support in Pydev has been released so you don't need to use nightly.

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