In order to develop the code for your robot, we recommend that you use a code editor. A code editor (rather than a plain text editor) will make it easier to develop your code and help you catch errors sooner.
Choosing an Editor
There are lots of code editors to choose from. Several are freely available for Python and support features which will make it easier to develop your code.
Some features to look for are:
Syntax highlighting makes it easier to see the overall structure of a program without needing to read every word.
Code completion offers suggestions of what you might want to type and can offer a way to explore what features an API offers.
Interactive debugging allows stepping through code one statement at a time, examining the results as you go.
Integration with tools known as “linters” which can help check that your code is well formed without running it (a process formally known as “static analysis”).
Here are some common Python editors:
- VSCode with the Python extension
- Sublime Text