I see many beginning programmers on this site have as many problems with the overwhelming features of popular IDE's as the do with learning a programming language, so I don't recommend starting out with a full-featured IDE. I also think it is important to understand the basics of putting a program together before relying on automation.
Personally, I use a programmer's text editor (jedit.org if you must know) and the command line. JEdit has a plugin that provides Python code completion if one desires that feature.
Also, Python has a free, "native" IDE, IDLE and there are others that are a little more fully-featured, like Eric that may also warrant a look.
I use Sublime Text, thought the free community edition of PyCharm seems nice too.
The Automate book uses IDLE. IDLE is perfectly fine for writing simple scripts, and it's also the same on Windows, Mac, and Linux (and comes installed with the Windows Python installer).
One thing I like about Python's simple syntax is that you can get away with not using a full-featured IDE with autocomplete. Whenever I do Java or Android development, I *have* to use an IDE just to keep track of all the boilerplate. With Python, an IDE is nice but not necessary.
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