Microsoft makes available test build of Python plug-in for Visual Studio 2010

Microsoft makes available test build of Python plug-in for Visual Studio 2010

Summary: Microsoft has posted to its Codeplex repository site a test build of Python Tools for Visual Studio, a free, open-source plug-in for VS 2010.

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Microsoft has posted to its Codeplex repository site a test build of Python Tools for Visual Studio, a free, open-source plug-in for VS 2010.

The add-in, developed by Microsoft's Technical Computing Group, "enables developers to use all the major productivity features of Visual Studio to build Python code using either CPython or IronPython and adds new features such as using High Performance Computing clusters to scale your code," according to the Codeplex page for the project. "Together with one of the standard distros, you can turn Visual Studio into a powerful Technical Computing IDE (integrated development environment), the site adds.

PTVS, as it is known for short, is not a Python distribution, as Microsoft notes. Instead it works with existing Python and IronPython ones.

(Last year, Microsoft decided not to continue developing IronPython and IronRuby as Microsoft products, and made the code bases available to the community.)

Microsoft is delivering Beta 1 in conjunction with PyCon, which kicked off on March 7. The first beta includes support for core IDE features and debugging and profiling. Beta 2, due in summer 2011, will add Azure and the "Big Data" support via an Azure implementation of Google's MapReduce (according to reader "pnewhook").

Update: Microsoft officials said the original timetable descriptions were off. Here's what's coming, as of Beta 2: Support for Cloud Computing (the ability to run compute-intensive Python code in Azure); and support for Dryad (large-scale, data intensive parallel programming using Python code).

The target release to manufacturing date for PTVS is fall 2011, according to the Web page.

(Thanks to Microsoft's @jon_perera for the pointer to PTVS.)

Topics: Software Development, Microsoft

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  • Definitely not Google's MapReduce

    Cool. It's a shame they're only partially developing iPy but at least they're not afraid to show off something if it's useful.
    Mary Jo, they plan to support the Map/Reduce paradigm on Azure, definitely not supporting Google's MapReduce (that's a name for it's patented implementation)
    pnewhook
    • So MS is calling

      MapReduce on Azure "Big Data"? Who developed the implementation? Thanks for the info! MJ
      Mary Jo Foley
      • Microsoft MapReduce = Dryadlinq

        @Mary Jo Foley You may have actually stumbled on a future Azure feature. Dryadlinq is Microsoft's Map/Reduce implementation but right now, it's only available for Windows HPC (which is super expensive to get started on). Dryadlinq was officially released along with TPL dataflow and, more importantly, Sho. Sho is built on IronPython, so it's probably safe to say the guys working Sho had some involvement in this project and Azure integration. Sho has mentioned azure integration for a while, but nothing concrete.
        pnewhook
  • RE: Microsoft makes available test build of Python plug-in for Visual Studio 2010

    Fortunately for me, I don't use this product.
    james347
    • RE: Microsoft makes available test build of Python plug-in for Visual Studio 2010

      @james347

      if you don't use these effing product then why are you on here trolling?
      Viper589
      • Message has been deleted.

        betelgeuse68
      • RE: Microsoft makes available test build of Python plug-in for Visual Studio 2010

        @Knix96 No, you are the troll!
        james347
    • Fortunately for us you do not use this product

      @james347
      as it will save us from having to read yet another series of false statements from you.
      :|
      Tim Cook
      • RE: Microsoft makes available test build of Python plug-in for Visual Studio 2010

        @Mister Spock Stop typing, it hurts my eyes.
        james347
    • RE: Microsoft makes available test build of Python plug-in for Visual Studio 2010

      @james347

      Sorry James this is for developers, I'm afraid you don't make the IQ requirement.
      tonymcs@...
      • RE: Microsoft makes available test build of Python plug-in for Visual Studio 2010

        @tonymcs@... I am flagging this as SPAM!
        james347
    • same here

      @james347
      I've never needed VS crap. It's not even properly supported, it's just some failed M$ project dumped as 'open source' on a site $hilling for them and their advertising $$$.
      Linux Geek
  • Wow ! Way to go VS2010

    I didn't get most of the Azure mumbo-jumbo but python tools for my favorite IDE is exciting for sure. Cheers !!
    gourab.mitra
  • Fall 2010?

    I take it you mean fall 2011, and not 2010 (at least, that is what it says on the website)
    arknu