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Idiomatic Python: boolean expressions

You might think that boolean expressions -- most frequently used as conditional guards which are the the bit of code that tests whether an or statement should execute -- are a fairly straight-forward concept and that there isn't really anything subtle to them at all. And while the general concept is simple, there are some idiomatic practices...

How to deal with the pain of “unable to find vcvarsall.bat”

Python's packaging ecosystem is one of its biggest strengths, but Windows users are often frustrated by packages that do not install properly. One of the most common errors you'll see is this one: (image) As far as errors go, "unable to find vcvarsall.bat" is not the most helpful. What is this mythical batch file? Why do I need it? Where ...

Implementing a code of conduct for all of our open source work

When working in the open source world it is very important that everyone feels welcome and safe. External contributors to a project need to feel welcome so that they want to contribute to the project. Since contributing to open source is an inherently social event due to the fact that there will be interactions through issues, code reviews, ...

Azure Python SDK 2.0.0rc2 is out! Why it’s a major step for Azure with Python.

My name is Laurent and I recently moved from France to join the Python team at Microsoft. Along with the rest of our team, I am responsible for maintaining the Azure Python SDK, and we are glad to announce the 2.0.0 RC2 version! This is a major step for Python on Azure and the product of several teams collaborating in Microsoft to establish a...

What do your users really think? Using Text Analytics to understand GitHub Issue Sentiment

(image) Ever get the feeling your users aren't that happy with your project? We all get those issues that are real downers on our repository. So I thought, let's take these issues and make something fun. Using the Text Analytics Service and the WordCloud Python package, we can make some pretty pictures out of otherwise negative comments. I ...

Idiomatic Python: comprehensions

We're lucky to have a few people on our team who have been programming in Python for quite a while (I myself have been using the language now for over 15 years). Over the course of time we have picked up various idioms for programming in Python that may not be obvious or widely known for various reasons. To help share some of this knowledge we...

Python 3 is Winning Library Developer Support

(image) https://notebooks.azure.com/library/rJUgQ81mnpo In 3 months, Python 3 will be better supported than Python 2. Are you using Python 3 for your development? It has been out for 7+ years at this point. So, if you aren't using it, why not? Since December of 2008, the initial release of Python 3, it seems the new version of Python has ...

PyCaribbean 2016

Last week I attended the first ever PyCaribbean conference, organised by the local community and held in Santo Domingo, the capital city of the Dominican Republic. Conferences like PyCaribbean are an opportunity for Python developers and enthusiasts to come together and meet, network, discuss, and generally enjoy being part of a global ...

Microsoft and Project Jupyter

(image) Jupyter, formerly IPython, is more than just an execution environment for  Python, R, and many other languages. With code, markdown, inline graphics, and more features, it provides a convenient, browser-based canvas for prototyping, collaborating, and sharing ideas. This environment has been embraced by the community and for good...

Talking with Python: Fabrikam Pizza Shack

Today, we're going to start the next multi-million-dollar pizza chain. You might think that the first thing we need to make pizza is a pizza oven and the ability to make toast without burning it, but who ever became a millionaire by following the "conventional" approach? Instead, we're going to start with the ordering system. The days when ...