Trying out PyCharm python IDE

I got a 30-day free trial copy of pycharm, and it’s pretty amazing so far. I’m usually an emacs user but I’ve struggled with making things easier in terms of testing and deployment.

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At work I’m running emacs and a console with multiple tabs just to be able to develop django apps. When i was coding common lisp, scheme and even C/C++ i could stick to a single emacs session.

I’m also getting tired of having to write custom functions to do what I want.

I’m not sure if pycharm is free/open source but the cost isn’t too bad: $100 for a personal license, free for free/open source software developers, $200 per developer at a company. If it’s good enough I’ll ask for a company license. Other developers at work are using Vim, Sublime 2 and some other text editors.

The problematic part for me is that I had a remote virtual machine that ran Ubuntu Server to replicate the environments we deploy to. This requires mapping a local folder to the remote folder in PyCharm. Running commands remotely is also a pain with that setup (or maybe the commands I was running were broken?)

So I’m resigning myself to developing locally on my Ubuntu machine. I do not need a virtual machine because my machine is as close to the deployment environment as possible already. All other developers are using mac os x and there are just too many differences between gnu/Linux and os x; it makes sense for them to run things in a virtual machine.

Even if I don’t switch to pycharm, my time with emacs will be more fun. Constantly transferring files back and forth over ssh/sftp is slow and tedious.

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