Wing Python Improves VI Mode
Written by Kay Ewbank   
Monday, 19 November 2018

An updated version of the Wing Python IDE has been released with improvements to VI mode and the ability to create new virtualenvs from the project menu.  The Wing Python IDE has an intelligent editor and debugger and the creators say it makes interactive Python development fast, accurate, and fun.

Wing comes in three versions. Pro is a paid-for version aimed at professional programmers. In addition to the debugger and intelligent editor, it offers code inspection and navigation features, project management with version control, remote development, unit testing, refactoring, and an API for extending the IDE in Python.

Wing Pro works with Django, Jupyter, PyQt, Blender, Maya, and other other frameworks for web, scientific, UI, animation, and game development.


Wing Personal is a free Python IDE for students and hobbyists. It omits the more advanced features of Wing Pro but provides a simplified debugger and editor, limited code inspection and navigation features, and project management. There's also Wing 101, a very simplified Python IDE designed for teaching beginning programmers.

Improvements to the 6.x line start with better multi-selection in the editor, so you can select matching occurrences of text one at a time, or within the current block, function, method, class, or file. Once multiple selections are made, edits are applied to all of them.


Remote development is another area to have been improved, so you can work on code that is stored on a remote host or device in the same way that you work with code stored locally. 

Other improvements that came in with release 6 include recursive debugging, support for Python 3.6 and 3.7, and the ability to create a new virtualenv from the New Project dialog.

Support has also been added for Vagrant, Jupyter, Django 1.10+ and 2.0, and Windows Subsystem for Linux. There's improved support for matplotlib and Raspberry Pi development.

The most recent update has improvements to VI mode. Wing now implements VI mode inner/all text object operations such as ciw and das, and exits VI insert mode when jk is typed rapidly.


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