JetBrains frees Python editor

JetBrains offers a community version of its PyCharm Python IDE

JetBrains is offering an open source version of its PyCharm Python IDE

JetBrains is offering an open source version of its PyCharm Python IDE

Although already known for being easy to use, the Python programming language has gotten another boost in usability thanks to a new free graphical editor from development software provider JetBrains.

JetBrains has split the latest edition of its PyCharm Python IDE (integrated development environment) into two editions, the paid professional edition and a new free community edition.

JetBrains hopes that individuals who are new to Python, or who are learning to program with Python, could use the community edition of PyCharm. The community edition is also suited for coding lightweight applications and writing administrative scripts.

The free edition of PyCharm comes with the typical functionality a developer would want from a modern IDE, including syntax highlighting, code completion, error recognition and code search.

Those who use Python in production settings, and require advanced functionality, would find the professional edition of PyCharm more appropriate.

The professional version of PyCharm 3.0 includes new features such as a tool to detect duplicate code, the ability to run a local terminal within the IDE, improved recognition of Python code for code completion, as well as support for Python modules and frameworks such as SQLAlchemy, Pyramid, and Web2py.

Developer Guido van Rossum released the first edition of Python in 1991 as alternative to low-level languages such as C or C++ that would be easier to use, and produce code that would be easier to read.

An open source, general use dynamic language, Python has since grown to be widely used for building Web applications and scripting system administration tasks. When used with the Numpy library, Python is also becoming widely used in numerical data analysis.

In its latest ranking of the world's most popular programming languages, developer tools company Tiobe estimated Python to be the eighth most widely used overall.

The professional edition of PyCharm 3.0 starts at US$99 for individual developers. The community edition can be downloaded at no cost from the JetBrains site.

Joab Jackson covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Joab on Twitter at @Joab_Jackson. Joab's e-mail address is Joab_Jackson@idg.com

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Development toolsopen sourceapplication developmentJetBrainssoftware

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Joab Jackson

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Essentials

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?