Python in Visual Studio Code – August 2019 Release
We are pleased to announce that the August 2019 release of the Python Extension for Visual Studio Code is now available. You can download the Python extension from the Marketplace, or install it directly from the extension gallery in Visual Studio Code. If you already have the Python extension installed, you can also get the latest update by restarting Visual Studio Code. You can learn more about Python support in Visual Studio Code in the documentation.
In this release we made improvements that are listed in our changelog, closing a total of 76 issues including Jupyter Notebook cell debugging, introducing an Insiders program, improvements to auto-indentation and to the Python Language Server.
Jupyter Notebook cell debugging
A few weeks ago, we showed a preview of debugging Jupyter notebooks cells at EuroPython 2019. We’re happy to announce we’re officially shipping this functionality in this release.
Now you’ll be able to set up breakpoints and click on the “Debug Cell” option that is displayed at the cell definition. This will initiate a debugging session and you’ll be able to step into, step out and step over your code, inspect variables and set up watches, just like you normally would when debugging Python files or applications.
This release includes support for an easy opt-in to our Insiders program. You can try out new features and fixes before the release date by getting automatic installs for the latest Insiders builds of the Python extension, in a weekly or daily cadence.
To opt-in this program, open the command palette (View > Command Palette…) and select “Python: Switch to Insiders Weekly Channel”. You can also open the settings page (File > Preferences > Settings), look for “Python: Insiders Channel” and set the channel to “daily” or “weekly”, as you prefer.
Improvements to auto-indentation
Update: due to a large number of requests, we reverted the changes to auto-indentation that were made in the August release. We are still working on addressing the issues, so stay tuned for these improvements in future releases!
Improvements to the Python Language Server
We’ve added new functionality to “go to definition” with the Python Language Server, which now takes you to the place in code where a variable (as an example) is actually defined. To match the previous behavior of “go to definition”, we added “go to declaration”.
We’ve also made fixes to our package watcher. Before, whenever you added an import statement for a package you didn’t have installed in your environment, installing the package via pip didn’t fix ‘unresolved imports’ errors and a user would be forced to reload their entire VS Code window. Now, you no longer need to do this – the errors will automagically disappear once a new package is installed and analyzed.
Other Changes and Enhancements
We have also added small enhancements and fixed issues requested by users that should improve your experience working with Python in Visual Studio Code. Some notable changes include:
- Add new ‘goto cell’ code lens on every cell that is run from a file. (#6359)
- Fixed a bug in pytest test discovery. (thanks Rainer Dreyer) (#6463)
- Improved accessibility of the ‘Python Interactive’ window. (#5884)
- We now log processes executed behind the scenes in the extension output panel. (#1131)
- Fixed indentation after string literals containing escaped characters. (#4241)
We also started A/B testing new features. If you see something different that was not announced by the team, you may be part of the experiment! To see if you are part of an experiment, you can check the first lines in the Python extension output channel. If you wish to opt-out from A/B testing, disable telemetry in Visual Studio Code.