Which to buy?

I've been using and enjoying PyCharm (modulo the occasional bug).  As I understand it, PyCharm is essentially IntelliJ stripped of capabilities.  Is that correct?  Will IntelliJ eventually get al the work that's gone into PyCharm and if so, how soon?

I tend to move around between languages and having one IDE I like that can handle them all would be very nice and probably worth the price differential, but if I'm going to move backward in Python capability, IntelliJ is probably a non-starter.

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Hello Ted,

Pycharm is a standalone IDE for Python coding, however IntelliJ IDEA has python plugin. Both of them Pycharm and plugin are built using the same codebase, the only diffrence that PyCharm has simpler UI for creating Python/Django/GAE projects. As far as IntellIJ IDEA and PyCharm has different release cycles, plugin can be a little bit behind PyCharm because of compatibilities issues. However if you need cross language Jython-Java integration you should definitely choose IntelliJ IDEA.

Best regards,

Oleg

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Oleg,

Can you clarify this topic more? I've got an older license for IntelliJ IDEA that could be upgraded to version 9 (as best I can tell) for $150.. not too far off from the $99 price (with coupon) for PyCharm when it releases.

Is the python plugin for IntelliJ available now or is it something that will release along with PyCharm?

-jbl

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Hello, Jason,

Can you clarify this topic more? I've got an older license for IntelliJ IDEA that could be upgraded to version 9 (as best I can tell) for $150.. not too far off from the $99 price (with coupon) for PyCharm when it releases.

Is the python plugin for IntelliJ available now or is it something that will release along with PyCharm?

Python plugin is available now for IntelliJ IDEA 9 http://plugins.intellij.net/plugin/?idea&id=631 and of course it will be available for further versions as well.

I think version for IDEA 9 won't be updated anymore. We are going to publish version for IDEA X once it is goes public beta.

And if you purchase PyCharm, you'll get one year of free updates, even to major versions.

Regards,

Oleg

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Hello Oleg,

Just to clarify, because I'm not sure I get this right. Do both the Python plugin for IntelliJ IDEA and PyCharm have the same functionality? Especially, does Python plugin give us a Django support?

Thanks,

Marcin

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Yes, they have the same functionality because they are built using the same code base, the only differenct is that PyCharm has simplified GUI for creating projects/configuring python interpreters.

Both of them do support Django.

Regards,

Oleg

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