ArcGIS Python Script Debugging as it Outta Be

Setting up debugging of ArcGIS Python Geoprocessing Scripts used to be quite an exercise in frustration. 

However, with the Komodo IDE (for scripting languages like Python and Perl), I was pleasantly surprised this is now as simple as

  1. Download and Install the Komodo IDE from Active State ($300 to use after the 21 day free trial)
  2. In the IDE settings, set the User Environment Variable:
    PYTHONPATH=C:\Program Files\ArcGIS\bin
  3. Copy/paste any arguments/parameters you want to test with from the ArcCatalog/ArcToolbox command line output into the Debug Command Line Arguments

And it just works.  How come this doesn’t happen more often with software? 

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