When comparing Spyder vs Paw, the Slant community recommends Paw for most people. In the question“What are the best developer tools for Mac OSX?” Paw is ranked 7th while Spyder is ranked 24th.
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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 Enables to write consistent code
Pylint integration enables to check the code for PEP8 style guide and detect errors.
Pro Powerful autocompletion
Spyder's autocomplete features are made possible by a library called rope which gives Spyder powerful autocompletion.
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 Helps you to use documentation
Pro Intuitive interface
Pro Relatively lightweight
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
Pro Multiple environments
Pro Dynamic values
Pro Many extensions
Pro Option to create a new API
Pro Beautiful native app
It is much more convenient than using a chrome extension. It uses minimal resources on my Mac.
Pro Quickly filter json response
Paw supports filtering using key path, JSONPath and jq.
Pro Regular updates
The app is regularly updated with corrections and new features.
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.
Con Consumes a lot of memory
If you're working with large data, especially arrays, another IDE should be considered as spyder uses at least 200-300Mb of memory.
Con Restricted and unstable Web-View
Con Proprietary, closed source software
Not free and open source.