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Alternatives to Spyder

PyCharm, Jupyter, Anaconda, Atom, and Visual Studio are the most popular alternatives and competitors to Spyder.
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What is Spyder and what are its top alternatives?

It is a powerful scientific environment written in Python, for Python, and designed by and for scientists, engineers and data analysts.
Spyder is a tool in the Integrated Development Environment category of a tech stack.
Spyder is an open source tool with 6.8K GitHub stars and 1.4K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Spyder's open source repository on GitHub

Top Alternatives to Spyder

  • PyCharm

    PyCharm

    PyCharm’s smart code editor provides first-class support for Python, JavaScript, CoffeeScript, TypeScript, CSS, popular template languages and more. Take advantage of language-aware code completion, error detection, and on-the-fly code fixes! ...

  • Jupyter

    Jupyter

    The Jupyter Notebook is a web-based interactive computing platform. The notebook combines live code, equations, narrative text, visualizations, interactive dashboards and other media. ...

  • Anaconda

    Anaconda

    A free and open-source distribution of the Python and R programming languages for scientific computing, that aims to simplify package management and deployment. Package versions are managed by the package management system conda. ...

  • Atom

    Atom

    At GitHub, we're building the text editor we've always wanted. A tool you can customize to do anything, but also use productively on the first day without ever touching a config file. Atom is modern, approachable, and hackable to the core. We can't wait to see what you build with it. ...

  • Visual Studio

    Visual Studio

    Visual Studio is a suite of component-based software development tools and other technologies for building powerful, high-performance applications. ...

  • IntelliJ IDEA

    IntelliJ IDEA

    Out of the box, IntelliJ IDEA provides a comprehensive feature set including tools and integrations with the most important modern technologies and frameworks for enterprise and web development with Java, Scala, Groovy and other languages. ...

  • Android Studio

    Android Studio

    Android Studio is a new Android development environment based on IntelliJ IDEA. It provides new features and improvements over Eclipse ADT and will be the official Android IDE once it's ready. ...

  • Xcode

    Xcode

    The Xcode IDE is at the center of the Apple development experience. Tightly integrated with the Cocoa and Cocoa Touch frameworks, Xcode is an incredibly productive environment for building amazing apps for Mac, iPhone, and iPad. ...

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    Powerful refactoring
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    Virtualenv integration
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    Git integration
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    Support for Django
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    Multi-database integration
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    VIM integration
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    Vagrant integration
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    In-tool Bash and Python shell
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    Docker
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    Plugin architecture
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I have been working with software development for 12 years, but I am just beginning my journey to learn to code. I am starting with Python following the suggestion of some of my coworkers. They are split between Eclipse and IntelliJ IDEA for IDEs that they use and PyCharm is new to me. Which IDE would you suggest for a beginner that will allow expansion to Java, JavaScript, and eventually AngularJS and possibly mobile applications?

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I am a QA heading to a new company where they all generally use Visual Studio Code, my experience is with IntelliJ IDEA and PyCharm. The language they use is JavaScript and so I will be writing my test framework in javaScript so the devs can more easily write tests without context switching.

My 2 questions: Does VS Code have Cucumber Plugins allowing me to write behave tests? And more importantly, does VS Code have the same refactoring tools that IntelliJ IDEA has? I love that I have easy access to a range of tools that allow me to refactor and simplify my code, making code writing really easy.

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    Export to python code
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    Best web-browser IDE for Python
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    LaTex Support
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    Can you provide me full list of companies Who uses Jupy
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    The negative aspect comes when you want to streamline your productive system or does CI with your anaconda environment: - most tools don't accept conda environments (as smoothly as pip requirements) - the conda environments (even with miniconda) have quite an overhead

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    I am learning Python coding and doing lots of hands on python problem. I like the feel of Jupyter notebook but I have concern will that slow my computer performance. Will PyCharm or Jupyter or Atom-IDE is good for python coding?

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    Anaconda

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        Guillaume Simler

        Jupyter Anaconda Pandas IPython

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        The negative aspect comes when you want to streamline your productive system or does CI with your anaconda environment: - most tools don't accept conda environments (as smoothly as pip requirements) - the conda environments (even with miniconda) have quite an overhead

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        Atom logo

        Atom

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          Open source
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          Modular design
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          Hackable
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          Beautiful UI
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          Github integration
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          Backed by github
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          Built with node.js
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          Web native
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          Community
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          Packages
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          Cross platform
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          Multicursor support
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          Nice UI
        • 5
          TypeScript editor
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          cli start
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          Simple but powerful
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          Open source, lots of packages, and so configurable
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          Chrome Inspector works IN EDITOR
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          Snippets
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          Awesome
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          Code readability
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          Smart TypeScript code completion
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          It's powerful
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          Well documented
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          "Free", "Hackable", "Open Source", The Awesomness
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          works with GitLab
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          full support
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          vim support
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          Split-Tab Layout
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          Consistent UI on all platforms
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          User friendly
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          Hackable and Open Source
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          Made by github. YAY
        CONS OF ATOM
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          Slow with large files
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          Slow startup
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          Most of the time packages are hard to find.
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          Cannot Run code with F5
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          Can be easily Modified

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        Jerome Dalbert
        Senior Backend Engineer at StackShare · | 13 upvotes · 438.4K views

        I liked Sublime Text for its speed, simplicity and keyboard shortcuts which synergize well when working on scripting languages like Ruby and JavaScript. I extended the editor with custom Python scripts that improved keyboard navigability such as autofocusing the sidebar when no files are open, or changing tab closing behavior.

        But customization can only get you so far, and there were little things that I still had to use the mouse for, such as scrolling, repositioning lines on the screen, selecting the line number of a failing test stack trace from a separate plugin pane, etc. After 3 years of wearily moving my arm and hand to perform the same repetitive tasks, I decided to switch to Vim for 3 reasons:

        • your fingers literally don’t ever need to leave the keyboard home row (I had to remap the escape key though)
        • it is a reliable tool that has been around for more than 30 years and will still be around for the next 30 years
        • I wanted to "look like a hacker" by doing everything inside my terminal and by becoming a better Unix citizen

        The learning curve is very steep and it took me a year to master it, but investing time to be truly comfortable with my #TextEditor was more than worth it. To me, Vim comes close to being the perfect editor and I probably won’t need to switch ever again. It feels good to ignore new editors that come out every few years, like Atom and Visual Studio Code.

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        Julian Sanchez
        Lead Developer at Chore Champion · | 9 upvotes · 355.3K views

        We use Visual Studio Code because it allows us to easily and quickly integrate with Git, much like Sublime Merge ,but it is integrated into the IDE. Another cool part about VS Code is the ability collaborate with each other with Visual Studio Live Share which allows our whole team to get more done together. It brings the convenience of the Google Suite to programming, offering something that works more smoothly than anything found on Atom or Sublime Text

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        Visual Studio logo

        Visual Studio

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          Plug-ins
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          Documentation
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          Made by Microsoft
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          JetBrains plugins (ReSharper etc.) work sufficiently OK
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          Productivity Power Tools
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          I develop UWP apps and Intellisense is super useful
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          The Power and Easiness to Do anything in any.. language
        CONS OF VISUAL STUDIO
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          Bulky
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          Made by Microsoft
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          Sometimes you need to restart to finish an update
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          Only avalible on Windows
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          Too much size for disk

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        • Source Control: Git
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        Maria Naggaga
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        .NET Core is #free, #cross-platform, and #opensource. A developer platform for building all types of apps ( #web apps #mobile #games #machinelearning #AI and #Desktop ).

        Developers have chosen .NET for:

        Productive: Combined with the extensive class libraries, common APIs, multi-language support, and the powerful tooling provided by the Visual Studio family ( Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code ), .NET is the most productive platform for developers.

        Any app: From mobile applications running on iOS, Android and Windows, to Enterprise server applications running on Windows Server and Linux, or high-scale microservices running in the cloud, .NET provides a solution for you.

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        IntelliJ IDEA

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          Code refactoring support
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          Best java IDE
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          Database/Code integration
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          More than enough languages for any developer
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          Typescript support
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          Multicursor support
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          Reformating Code
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          Intuitive
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          Command-line tools
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          Android Integration
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          Vim support
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          Full support
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          Task managers
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          Its fake intellisense is better than real IntelliSense
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          Clean UI
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          Open source
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          Column Selection Mode
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          So modernised
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          Efficient, one Stop solution
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          Just works
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        CONS OF INTELLIJ IDEA
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          Very slow
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          Bad for beginners
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          UI is not intuitive
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          Not nearly as many tools to integrate as vs code
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          Constant reindexing
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          Needs a lot of CPU and RAM power
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          Built in terminal is slow
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          Ruby is a plug in
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          Pesky warnings increase with every release
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        Andrey Kurdyumov

        I use Visual Studio because it provides me best default configuration for development. Less choice helps me concentrate on the product. In a sense it is iPhone of software development for me. When my laptop broke, I just download latest version of VS and start coding without any configuration. For sure it has best editor in terms of perceived responsiveness. Could not say the same for IntelliJ IDEA unfortunately.

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          Android studio is a great tool, getting better and bet
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          Google's official android ide
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          Intelligent code editor with lots of auto-completion
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          Its powerful and robust
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          Easy creating android app
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          Amazing Layout Designer
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          Great Code Tips
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          Keyboard Shortcuts are Amazing Out of the box
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        CONS OF ANDROID STUDIO
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        Julien DeFrance
        Principal Software Engineer at Tophatter · | 8 upvotes · 338.8K views

        As a Engineering Manager & Director at SmartZip, I had a mix of front-end, back-end, #mobile engineers reporting to me.

        Sprints after sprints, I noticed some inefficiencies on the MobileDev side. People working multiple sprints in a row on their Xcode / Objective-C codebase while some others were working on Android Studio. After which, QA & Product ensured both applications were in sync, on a UI/UX standpoint, creating addional work, which also happened to be extremely costly.

        Our resources being so limited, my role was to stop this bleeding and keep my team productive and their time, valuable.

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        Sezgi Ulucam
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