A lot of people are looking into using Python in computer science education these days. Of course a lot of people are also using Visual Studio for Visual Basic or C# or even F# and it would be nice to use the same IDE for Python as well. The learning curve for an IDE is not something that really adds value to learning a new programming language. So I thought I would share the following from a recent announcement of the release to manufacturing of version 1.0 of the Python Tools for Visual Studio software.

  • Support for CPython & IronPython (and Pypy and Jython)
  • World-class intellisense, Browsing, Find All refs, Refactor, …
  • Integrated REPL, including support for MSR’s Sho and the IPython REPL
  • Advanced local & remote Debugging, including Attach scenarios
  • Profiling with A/B comparison
  • Support for HPC clusters, MPI programming model & cluster Debugging
  • Interactive parallel computing via IPython
  • And it’s Free & Open Source!

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Here are a couple of videos on Python Tools for Visual Studio (more on YouTube):