How do I actually take advantage of Emacs as a Python IDE? A quick google search turned up this: Enigma Curry blog post. This post is somewhat beyond me, and makes me a bit scared to try to configure my Emacs to to work with Python. But I now feel like doing anything else would be wimpy. I guess there’s also IDLE, which provides a GUI for Python development – and it’s a standard part of the Python system. But Emacs is cooler, right?
It turns out that if I want to customize Emacs for Python, I’m going to have to find and edit a file called .emacs. It says that this file should be in the $home_directory, along with a directory called .emacs.d. I found the .emacs.d directory, but not the .emacs file. I am missing something obvious, still unsure what I’m doing wrong.
Okay, I just created a .emacs file from one I found online – and I now have a working .emacs file. The one I’ve got right now has a black background and a different font. Now to make it do Python stuff. I’m following a tutorial that can be found here (Setup Perfect Python Environment – Sunshine and Rain of a Developer). I’m starting off by downloading several packages: python-mode.el , pymacs0.24 , auto-complete.el, yasnippet.el, rope and ropemacs.
Later the same night… I have finally got my very first emacs configuration file. Here it is (.emacs):
(add-to-list 'load-path "~/.emacs.d/") (add-to-list 'load-path "~/.emacs.d/plugins") (require 'auto-complete) (global-auto-complete-mode t) (require 'yasnippet-bundle) (load-library "init_python")
I had to do the whole thing twice too, because I messed up somewhere along the way, and nothing was working at all. But honestly, I don’t fully know what all this is going to do for me in the end. Hopefully make my life easier!
Oh, one more note – I had to install Pymacs along the way. At least, I had a problem, thought installing Pymacs would fix it, installed Pymacs, and it may or may not have fixed the original problem.