To use TM1py samples, you do not have to have a development environment, you can just edit the script in a text editor or in jupyter and then run the script. But if you want to dig deeper into the Python language, having a development environment will make your life easier.
Why do you need a development environment?
- If you want to explore the TM1py code.
- See the TM1py scripts in multiple windows.
- Edit and run your scripts in the same interface.
- Code-completion and syntax highlightning.
PyCharm is likely the best IDE for Python. It offers intelligent code completion, on-the-fly error checking and heaps of other features. It allows you to save time and be more productive. IntelliJ offers a free Community Edition of PyCharm:
Once downloaded and installed with the default settings, you just need to locate the folder where you have downloaded the TM1py samples:
You are now good to go!
The following video will give you a quick tour to the PyCharm main features: