Python is rapidly growing in popularity in academia. Last week Microsoft announced  Python Tools for Visual Studio – an open source (Apache) and free plug-in that turns Visual Studio into a world-class Python development environment.   Plus now there is : PyKinect, which enables writing Kinect games using Python!

The PyKinect sample is a wrapper around the Kinect SDK and enables development with the Kinect SDK directly from Python. The library presents an API which is similar to the API exposed via the Kinect SDK for C# developers. The sample includes a new template for quickly getting started creating games using PyGame with PyKinect. PyKinect is licensed under a license similar to the existing Kinect SDK. PyKinect only requires a Python implementation with ctypes – currently only Python 2.7 is supported.

Also check out the C9 video: Introducing Python Tools for Visual Studio alpha

Other information:

  • Supports CPython and IronPython
  • Python editor with advanced member and signature intellisense
  • Code navigation “Find all refs”, goto definition, and object browser
  • Local and remote debugging
  • Profiling with multiple views
  • Integrated REPL window with inline matplotlib graphics
  • Support for HPC clusters and MPI, including debugging & Profiling
  • Interactive parallel computing via integrated IPython REPL

Detailed Walk-through – IDE Features