Python extension for Visual Studio Code version 0.9.0 now available

We’re excited to announce our first update to the Microsoft Python extension for Visual Studio Code. In this release, we’ve added additional support for conda environments and fixed numerous bugs in the editor and debugger. Support for Conda Environments Conda environments are now automatically detected from the Anaconda root location. You also have the option…

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North Bay Python 2017 Recap

Last week I had the privilege to attend the inaugural North Bay Python conference, held in Petaluma, California in the USA. Being part of any community-run conference is always enjoyable, and to help launch a new one was very exciting. In this post, I’m going to briefly tell you about the conference and help you…


What’s new for Python in Visual Studio 2017 15.6 Preview 1

Today we have released the first preview of our next update to Visual Studio 2017. You will see a notification in Visual Studio within the next few days, or you can download the new installer from visualstudio.com. In this post, we’re going to take a look at some of the new features we have added…


Don Jayamanne, creator of the Python extension for Visual Studio Code, joins Microsoft

I’m delighted to announce that Don Jayamanne, the author of the most popular Python extension for Visual Studio Code, has joined Microsoft! Starting immediately, Microsoft will be publishing and supporting the extension. You will receive the update automatically, or visit our Visual Studio Marketplace page and click “Install”. Python has a long history at Microsoft,…

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Idiomatic Python: functions versus classes

In Python, everything is an object. Compared to Java which forces you to code everything in an object-oriented programming style but still has the concept of primitive types which are not objects on their own (although Java 5 added autoboxing to help hide this discrepancy), Python has no primitive types which aren’t objects but provides the…

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Python updates in Visual Studio 15.4 Preview 1

It’s been a while since we last posted, and we’ve been hard at work on new features for Python in Visual Studio 2017. Today, the first preview of the next update has been released, which you can install from visualstudio.com or by updating your existing Preview install. In this post, we’ll briefly discuss the new…


PyData Seattle is next week!

Next week, we’ll be hosting PyData Seattle 2017 at Microsoft. Several hundred attendees, speakers and teachers will converge on our main conference center for three days of talks, tutorials, and other fun. What is PyData? PyData is a regular conference that occurs all around the world multiple times every year. With a focus on data…


PyCon US 2017 wrap-up

Last week we took our Python team on the road to PyCon US 2017, which was held in Portland, Oregon, USA. PyCon is our best opportunity for our engineers to meet the broad range of people who make up the Python community. We love the chance to hang out at our booth, meet and chat…


Come visit us at PyCon US 2017!

With PyCon US 2017 happening later this week, we wanted to let you know what we will be up to at the conference! To start, thanks to our platinum sponsorship this year, we are going to have a booth in the exhibit hall. This will provide you a place to come if you have any questions…


Python support is now stable in Visual Studio 2017

Today we have released our next update to Visual Studio 2017, and it’s the one you’ve been waiting for. As of today, the Python development and Data Science and Analytical Applications workloads are stable and ready for production use. You can read our post on the Visual Studio blog for an overview of what is…