Microsoft’s participation in the 2016 Python core sprint

From September 5th to the 9th a group of Python core developers gathered for a sprint hosted at Instagram and sponsored by Instagram, Microsoft, and the Python Software Foundation. The goal was to spend a week working towards the Python 3.6.0b1 release, just in time for the Python 3.6 feature freeze on Monday, September 12,…

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Using CPython’s Embeddable Zip File

On the download page for CPython 3.5.1, you’ll see a wide range of options. Not all of these are well explained, especially for Windows users who have seven (seven!) choices. Let me restructure the Windows items into a more feature-focused table: Installer Initial download size Installer requires internet? Compatibility x86 web-based installer Very small Yes…


How to deal with the pain of “unable to find vcvarsall.bat”

Python’s packaging ecosystem is one of its biggest strengths, but Windows users are often frustrated by packages that do not install properly. One of the most common errors you’ll see is this one: As far as errors go, “unable to find vcvarsall.bat” is not the most helpful. What is this mythical batch file? Why do…