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Hi! You can try Komodo edit which is pretty good. http://www.activestate.com/komodo-edit Or Boa-constructor http://boa-constructor.sourceforge.net/ Or geany http://www.geany.org/ For some basic scripting I would recommend Komodo edit.
Komodo does seem to be a pretty good editor, but it is not free, they just do a free crippled version that has a home page trying to get you into the whole activestate thing and it always took forever to actually open on the Windows XP machine I put it on. I use Linux, so I've got about 20 free editors to pick from. I didn't really like Komodo, but it did work nicely once it finally fired up. What OS are you using crestideac?
You can always dual-boot Ubuntu or something, then you get a free editor and a free OS full of hackability.
whats this about dual-boot ubuntu? i have a mac could i use it with my mac?
There are dozens of free editors for Windows as well. http://notepad-plus-plus.org/ http://www.jedit.org/ Among others. These aren't specifically for Python, though IDLE, which comes with Python, has both an editor and integrates much like the Matlab editor does with Matlab.
Ah, you're on a Mac. I'm not sure if you'd really want to dual-boot Linux. Macs are pretty good as it is. There must be some quality eds for Mac, I just can't recommend one. Have you looked at IPython? It might be of some interest to you if you're using matlab. It's a really cool bit of kit in general. I use it everyday.
There's a GUI version of emacs for Mac. It's a pretty geeky editor, but you seem like a pretty geeky guy :)
Ummm, just download IDLE since that is the free editor provided for python it would seem to fit your requirements.
Doesn't Mac come with an editor anyway? What on earth are you guys paying for?
Did you find what you were looking for crstrideac? I wondered how you got on. I thought Apple would provide a decent editor. I know Microsoft only offer Notepad, but then, they think Paint is doing it for graphics. I just thought Apple would do something for the premium.
Many Mac users pay for TextMate, because it fits very well into the flow of things. Myself, I use MacVim on mac. But it's got a hell of a learning curve.
Idle does a decent job but if you're going to be programming over the long term? Have you learned http://macvim.org/OSX/index.php? Nice b/c it is quite powerful and has context sensitivity for the various programming languages including Python.
PS: Shadowfiend is quite right about the learning curve. Just do the included tutorial and, in a few days, you'll be glad you did.
I think it's just a matter of looking through the options then. It seems like you have to get a bit technical or pay for some GUIness. It'd probably be nice to have both available.