When comparing Wing IDE vs IDLE, the Slant community recommends Wing IDE for most people. In the question“What are the best Python IDEs or editors?” Wing IDE is ranked 8th while IDLE is ranked 27th.
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Pro Exceptionally responsive support
Pro Checks for errors in the source code
Pylint has a static analysis tool integrated which checks the source code for any potential errors and bugs.
Pro Built-in debugger
Wing IDE provides local and remote debugging.
Pro Totally programmable keystroke shortcuts
Pro Totally worth the price -- it's a steal, in fact.
Pro Super-flexible macro capabilities
Pro Debugging in threads
Pro Customizable plug-ins if desired.
Pro Sometimes simple is best
For short scripts, a heavyweight IDE just gets in the way. It's also easier for beginners to understand.
Pro Written in pure Python/tkinter
You can dig in and change how it works.
Pro Included in standard Python distributions
You probably already have it.
It has one.
Con High entry price
Price is starting from $39 per user for the most basic configuration.
Con No Tabbing for Files or Shell instances
Idle's Interactive Python Shell and the Python Text Editor are separate window applications. Many would expect them to be unified together within a single window. To create a python program file, or module, the user first opens Idle (It's Interactive Shell), then the user goes to [File] and [New File] to open the Idle Text Editor. Plus, every time a new python file is opened, a new instance of Idle runs separately. So, there are no tabbed modules. That's clumsy approach that adds the complexity of juggling around many Idle instances.