Wing IDE 3: Writing code and Navigating [ID:399] (1/2)

in series: Introducing Wing 3

video tutorial by Ian Ozsvald and Stephan Deibel, added 11/07

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Wingware's latest IDE is Wing Pro v3 (download). Here I show you how to start coding and navigating to help you answer the question 'How can Wing help me with my Python development?'.

Topics covered:

  • Display customisation - visual theme, keyboard personality, toolbar
  • Auto-complete with tab
  • Source Assistant for help text and argument guides
  • Source Browser listing active functions and variables
  • 'Find' and jump-to-definition navigation

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Looking forward to more WingIDE videos. As always these are very helpful.

Hi. I found this tutorial useful as I recently downloaded the free wing 101 ide, which I am trying to learn. Thank you!


18. Fri, 28 May 2010 14:31

great learning from you. thanks

17. anonymous Wed, 02 Dec 2009 12:20

Nice intro... I've been using Wing for a month now and this short video showed me a few more tidbits. Thx.

15. anonymous Mon, 15 Jun 2009 10:25

Great video:)

I was only watching to see if I should bother buying a license for the software, but I will watch all of the following vids as well:)

Good job, keep the python videos comming!

Ian, thanks for the introduction to this IDE. As an aside, I noticed this series doesn't appear under the "Programming Tools" category--you might want to add it there.

12. anonymous Tue, 22 Apr 2008 17:44

Review of Wing IDE 3: Writing code and Navigating

Thanks for these tutorials on wing. Wing is my favorite Pyhthon Ide. I found this series very helpful.

11. anonymous Tue, 04 Mar 2008 09:17

That was well done, thank you. I like the fact that you chose only the tool panel and source assistant as the only features to illustrate. You showed how to turn them off and on and a little of how they worked.

No, Wing IDE 3 doesn't have any refactoring capabilities yet (just global search/replace ;-).

This is something we want to add in the future.

9. anonymous Fri, 23 Nov 2007 07:17

Is there any refactoring abilities in the IDE?

We may ship with an integrated GUI builder in the future, but it's already possible to use Wing with one of the existing wx builders. Wing detects changes in files and either auto-reloads them (if unchanged in Wing) or asks to reload them (if changed in Wing) so files generated by the GUI builder are fairly easy to deal with.

Are there plans for a wxPython GUI builder? That would be a killer-feature in my opinion!


To answer the questions Jerol brought up:

The feature comparison matrix for Wing Pro, Personal, and 101 is here:

Aside from the source assistant, there are also quite a few debugger features missing in Personal. The next video will show some of those.

If you purchase Personal, you can always upgrade to Pro by paying the price difference later. Whether Pro is worth it for you is hard for me to say. You can just try both (they can be installed side by side and operate independently). We certainly have quite a few hobbyist users that have purchased a Pro license, but of course it depends on what you're doing and your budget.

Wing works with wxPython and should offer auto-completion/etc and be able to debug your code. There's a how-to here:

As always, if something doesn't seem to work as it should, please email us.


- Stephan

Hi Jerol. I'll ping Stephan @ Wing to see if he'd like to say more about the differences between Personal and Standard.

Re. wxPython - I haven't tried it but I did ask Stephan about this, he said it would work well for my (relatively simple) needs. Again, maybe Stephan can say more.

Is the price worth it? Over a year ago Stephan gave Kyran and myself a free license to Wing Pro to support our development efforts in ShowMeDo, so I didn't try the Personal version.

I do know that I'm very happy with the Wing IDE and I use it on a Windows and my Ubuntu machine regularly. I'd feel lost if I suddenly had to stop losing it now.


Seems an interesting IDE.

Hi Ian,

Congratulations on a very smooth presentation. I would like to see more about the source assistant, as that seems to be the main difference between the personal and the professional editions. There is a big price difference between the two. Is the professional edition worth it for the occasional programmer? Also, how well does it work with wxPython (since that code can get quite intricate)?


Hi Ryan, thanks for the compliment. What I quite like about working with Wingware on this project is that I too get to learn new tricks :-)

I'd only ever used Wing out-of-the-box before, it is good to know just how many config options are available!


Excellent presentation as always. I really enjoyed how to customize the "look" of Wing - I never knew you could do that.

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