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…


Publish to Azure in Visual Studio 2017

This week, those of you using Visual Studio 2017 RC will be getting an update notification. This is a refresh of RC, with a whole lot of improvements and fixes (based on your feedback), and a selection of features that didn’t quite make the initial RC release. For Python support, we’ve largely focused on bugfixes….


Creating Apps from Templates: Cookiecutter in Visual Studio “15”

Cookiecutter is a popular Open Source templating engine that lets experts easily create highly customizable templates to help other users get started on a project. We have brought it to Visual Studio to reduce the time and effort it takes to stand-up apps, prototype experiences that integrate different services, or try out new frameworks. Now users can search,…


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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Python lambda expressions unleashed

Carl Kadie, Ph.D., is a research developer in Microsoft Research/TnR working on Genomics. Lambda expressions provide a way to pass functionality into a function. Sadly, Python puts two annoying restrictions on lambda expressions. First, lambdas can only contain an expression, not statements. Second, lambdas can’t be serialized to disk. This blog shows how we can…

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