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Basic development tooling selected
Basic development tooling selected

Published: 2012-04-19 in Development

We have finished the selection for our basic development tooling. The main programming language will be Python. Next, our choice for the development environment goes to the Eric IDE. Finally, for code revision management we will use Merurial.


Python programming language

We have chosen the Python programming language for several reasons: For many scientific projects it is the language of choice, and as a result, a large amount of scientific extensions are available. Besides that, Python is an interpreted language, which helps in rapid prototyping and testing. Finally, Python does not force the OO-paradigm onto the developer, but it is there if you need it.

We expect Python to be a solid choice for the development of the ASTRID system. However, every programming language has its weak points as well. For example, Python is an interpreted language, which means it is not especially fast in execution. During the initial development phase, we will evaluate Python specifically in this regard (among other things).


Eric IDE

Eric IDE is clearly one of the more mature and functional development tools for Python development. It also has native support for QT4, a windowing toolkit and application framework.

Mercurial code revision management

After evaluating several other options like Bazaar and GIT, we finally settled on Mercurial for it's straightforward operation and setup, but not in the least also because of the availability of a very functional desktop-client (TortoiseHG).


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