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…


Python tools in your language

This week we’ve released a preview of the next update to Visual Studio. It has all of the improvements that were released recently in VS 2017 Update 1, and also the earliest previews of VS 2017 Update 2. For Python support, probably our most significant update is that we are now available in all fourteen…


Interactive Windows in VS 2017

Last week we announced that the Python development workload is available now in Visual Studio Preview, and briefly covered some of the new improvements in Visual Studio 2017. In this post, we are going to go into more depth on the improvements for the Python Interactive Window. These are currently available in Visual Studio Preview,…


Released: Python support in Visual Studio 2017

Today is launch day for Visual Studio 2017, and you can see all the info and join the live event at launch.visualstudio.com. But over in this corner of our world, we are announcing something special. As you likely know, once software is officially released, it normally gets less frequent updates. For those of us who…