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Feb162018

Visual Studio Code Now Part of Anaconda Python Platform, Microsoft Ships Visual Studio Preview 15.6 Preview 5

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Python, the most popular dynamic languages for software development offer developers Anaconda—the development platform that provides 6 million users with a streamlined Python environment on Windows, Mac or Linux.

Microsoft is committed to helping Python anywhere and on any platform already had releases, including: an official Python extension for VS Code, Python support in Azure Machine Learning Studio and SQL Server, and Azure Notebooks.

Now on Thursday, Microsoft has started including its free and cross-platform code editor “Visual Studio Code” in the Anaconda distribution of Python.

The Microsoft Python Extension for Visual Studio Code can easily be installed at the same time as Anaconda, “providing a great editing and debugging experience for Python users, with special features tailor-made for Anaconda users,” the company said.

Further, Microsoft notes, Python Extension for Visual Studio Code is actively developed in GitHub repository, and its creator is now working full time on the extension, with the rest of Python core developer team. “It’s the most downloaded extension on the VS Code marketplace with over 6 million downloads to-date, and a 4.7/5.0 rating,” writes Microsoft.

You can download Anaconda 5.1 over here, while the Visual Studio Code Python is available on GitHub.

In addition, Microsoft also has shipped Visual Studio Preview version 15.6 Preview 5, that includes the Preview SDK Build 17095 as an optional component.

As part of new features, C++/WinRT headers and cppwinrt compiler (cppwinrt.exe) are now included in the Windows SDK.

To get it working, after installing Windows Insider Preview SDK, just start the Visual Studio Developer Command Prompt and run the compiler in that environment.

“The compiler comes is handy if you need to consume a third-party WinRT component or if you need to author own WinRT components with C++/WinRT.”

To experience the new Preview, you can download the Visual Studio 2017 Preview HERE.

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