Wing IDE versus Jed

11 December 2008   4 comments   Linux

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For the impatient: Jed and Wing IDE are programming editors I use for my Python, Javascript, HTML, CSS editing. One is ultra-light, fast and simple. The other one is very feature full, commercial and slow (in comparison to Jed).

I've been using Jed now for several years on Linux. It's an "Emacs clone" 1 in that almost the same key bindings you have in Emacs work in Jed. A few weeks ago I started using Wing IDE 3.1 instead to see if I could learn to love it. I got a professional license as a gift for participating in the PyCon 2008 sprint by Wingware (the company behind Wing IDE). As of yesterday I've gone back to Jed but I haven't uninstalled Wing yet. Here are what I've learned from using both quite a bit. Note, I'm not comparing things that they both do equally well such as macros, community support and block indentation.

Wing IDE versus Jed WING IDE

Pros

Cons

Wing IDE versus Jed JED

Pros

Cons

Having played enough with both leaves me just wishing for more. I've seen the greener grass in each of them and I wish God would read this blog entry and get John E. Davis and Wingware to magically include all my "feature requests" so that each others cons are replaced by each others pros.

For the moment I'm going to keep Wing around when I need help fixing broken files that contain tabs or if I need to debug a really hard problem with a real IDE debugger.

1 It's actually not an Emacs clone. Let's just say that many concepts are modeled after Emacs. If you don't like the Emacs keybindings that's not a problem in Jed.

Comments

Lennart Regebro
The great benefit of Wing IDE is the integrated debugger. Much nicer than pdb. Especially when debugging things like Zope, as you can set new debug points without having to restart the zope server. A huge time saver.
Techno Freak
I tried them both and I have to agree with you on Wing!!! I bought Wing about a week ago and totally love it for complex 55k+ lines of code :)
Peter Bengtsson
Who do you agree with? I think I'm saying that Wing rocks but Jed rocks even more.
Marcin Kasperski
The killer feature of Wing is IMO the source assistant. Seeing full docstrings of methods/classess being used is really, really helpful. Note: this is available only in Professional version. Debugger and Debug Probe are also sweet.

Having used emacs for years I lack mostly M-!, M-X compile and C-x d - which I heavily used to grep, copy files etc.
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