This is very basic - watched the 1st two lectures, doin well, but, what Code Editor ought I use. Is IDLE a code editor/ does it come on Mac? Can I just use terminal?/ Please, instructions for an idiot would be best. Thanks.
MIT 6.00 Intro Computer Science (OCW)
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you can use terminal on a mac
type in python and it should work =)
ndani is right, you can use any text-editor, and run the code on the command line.
But if you want to be as close to the course as possible, you can use IDLE. I think it comes with Python (at least for Linux, I don't know for OSX).
Moreover, IDLE has a debugging tool which may (or not) help you. But it has also strange behaviors sometimes and when it happens you have to restart it.
IDLE is included with Python for Mac if you download the installer from python.org. If you use IDLE on the Mac, your coding environment will 100% match the professors in the video lectures.
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I like to use IDLE as a terminal to test code, then keep my "confirmed" code in a text editor like VIM. I'm also a big fan of MacVIM, but the learning curve is a bit greater than just using IDLE. You could substitute any text editor. Another good one is TextWrangler, although it doesn't support syntax highlighting, which is very handy.