I’m going to share with you my top 10 favorite Python tools for programmers. This isn’t an easy task since there are literally thousands of Python package that you can download for free on the internet. Therefore, how do you decide which among those tools are essential? Which is just overkill and which are just filler? In order to figure this out, we’ll compare a few popular tools and their features.
Beautiful Soup: Beautiful Soup is a free web-based data extraction tool that allows you to extract structured data from any HTML based document. You simply run the program and it will walk you through the code that creates your document. It makes it easy to write unit testing and validates HTML code.
XHTML/XHTML+RSS: XML is the foundation of the internet. Most websites today make use of some form of XML, whether it’s to add a new menu option, create search engine results, or embed video. However, one of the more annoying problems of modern web design is that it’s difficult to read text from a website when it’s using a lot of fancy graphics. Luckily, XHTML+RSS comes to the rescue. If you have a website that uses XHTML and wants to make it look a bit more modern, adding some XML tags and a small snippet of code can make all the difference.
curses Emulator: If you’re using a terminal-based command line interpreter like curl, Python’s curses implementation is indispensable. Basically, curses lets you emote as if you were using a command line interpreter. This means that you can display anything on your terminal like variable names, codes, and anything else you’d normally get around by executing a program on your computer.
Easy Python Interface: Writing a Python program is pretty easy, especially compared to other languages. However, writing a program that will “talk” the language back to you (with Python) isn’t always so simple. Thankfully, there are many excellent open source libraries that make writing programs much easier. Xylon, for example, takes the hassle out of writing a program by providing an extremely easy to use interface for any Python programmer. You can even download this library and install it on your computer.
Web Inspector: This tool is very useful for debugging and navigating a website. You’ll be able to see exactly where your website’s navigation links are, what links are broken, and how much data is being transferred at any given moment. It’s a great web inspector for beginners.
Beautiful Theme: If you want to really customize your web inspector, you can easily do so by installing themes. There are hundreds of themes available for just about every type of web project. You can even get a custom theme if you so desire. Most people simply install a default theme, but if you want a beautiful theme that only a developer would use, you can install it separately.
These are the most important items on the list. By eliminating items two through three, you will be able to narrow down your search so that only the top ten tools will be accessed. Even if you only found one or two items, it’s a big step towards eliminating all the junk out there. So which one should you use? The top ten Python Tools for programmers is undoubtedly the most powerful and necessary for the job.