When comparing Kdevelop with kdev-python vs Spyder, the Slant community recommends Spyder for most people. In the question“What are the best Python IDEs or editors?” Spyder is ranked 8th while Kdevelop with kdev-python is ranked 12th. The most important reason people chose Spyder is:
Spyder's autocomplete features are made possible by a library called [rope](https://github.com/python-rope/rope) which gives Spyder powerful autocompletion.
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Pro Real-time static analysis
Kdevelop has a pretty powerful and sophisticated implementation of static analysis for Python. It's capable of pretty good type inference, tracking types and the expected groking of inheritance trees.
Pro Excellent syntax highlighting
Kdevelop has very smart syntax and semantic syntax highlighting.
Pro Blazingly Fast
PyCharm is amazing and easily the most feature option out there. But KDevelop is faster and has all the features needed for python develop. Opening new files, moving from file to file, code and syntax checks, everything happens instantly.
In the end the speed is what won me over to use KDevelop, when code is in my mind I don't want to wait on my IDE.
Pro Best Vim Bindings in an IDE
Most IDEs have very limited vim bindings, but KDevelop runs on the Kate editor. Kate is one of the most robust editors in the Linux world and is subsequently very functional. The Vim bindings are very close to complete with very few holes.
Pro Powerful autocompletion
Spyder's autocomplete features are made possible by a library called rope which gives Spyder powerful autocompletion.
Pro Free and open-source
Released under the MIT license.
Pro Graph plotting support
Spyder can plot graphs and provide the list of all variables.
Pro Has cross platform support - Linux, Mac, and even Windows
Spyder (formerly Pydee) has support for all of the major operating platforms - Linux, Mac, and even Windows.
Pro Relatively lightweight
Pro Helps you to use documentation
Pro Intuitive interface
Pro Enables to write consistent code
Pylint integration enables to check the code for PEP8 style guide and detect errors.
Pro Has support for Vim bindings via plugin support
Aside from being an open sourced, actively developed IDE, vim key-binding support is also available. If you remember Pydee - this is it, albeit with a new name.
Pro Good GitHub project
Pro Excellent variable explorer
Dynamic variable explorer with editor and visualizer
Pro Completely Python
Con Works with no problems only on Linux
KDevelop is an IDE for the KDE platform. Even though it's cross-platform, it's mostly targeted at Linux systems and the versions for other operating systems are highly experimental.
Con Not beautiful
The default theme is not beautiful. And there are not many themes.
Con The documentation is poor when it comes to debugging
Not a lot of information about debugging is available in the documentation.