2.0 RC

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Reviewed:  3 reviews
Downloads: 41581
Change Set: 18aeb9c6d406
Released: Sep 9, 2013
Updated: Sep 9, 2013 by Ptools
Dev status: Beta Help Icon

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Release Notes

We’re pleased to announce the release of Python Tools for Visual Studio 2.0 RC. Python Tools for Visual Studio (PTVS) is an open-source plug-in for Visual Studio which supports programming with the Python language. PTVS supports a broad range of features including CPython/IronPython, Edit/Intellisense/Debug/Profile, Cloud, HPC, IPython, and cross platform and cross language debugging support.

QUICK VIDEO OVERVIEW
For a quick overview of the general IDE experience, please watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNNAOypc6Ek&hd=1.

CHANGES SINCE 2.0 BETA
1) Many bug fixes. Please see this link for full list: http://aka.ms/Yddlkc
2) Performance improvements: for example Project load times.
3) Intellisense improvements, especially for packages with compiled modules such as numpy and PyQt

CHANGES SINCE 1.5 RTM
There are a number of exciting improvements in this release compared to 1.5RTM, many based on your feedback & suggestions. Here’s a summary:

Debugging
• New - Mixed-mode debugging for Python and C++: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvJaKQ94lBY
• Remote cross-OS debugging for Windows, Linux and MacOS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTluEosS4Ts

IDE
• New – “Python Environments”: Please refer to the documentation or this video for an overview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1bk7t9YDkE
• Virtual Env support: easily and quickly create silo’d environments for installing packages in your project.
• Associate different environments with your Project and quickly switch between them.
• Various Intellisense improvements. Please refer to the documentation or this video for an overview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFxRSV9cucM
• New reformat code command

Cloud
• Publish Django applications to Windows Azure Web Sites – in addition to the already existing publish to Cloud Service you can now quickly publish a site to Windows Azure Web Sites. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7A7VNnsA_8
• Various bug fixes to the Azure SDK for Windows, Linux and MacOS.

General
• New - Survey/News feature. This experimental feature will periodically push News items such as “We just posted a new video on Python Debugging: <link>”, or mini surveys such as “Which version of Python do you use most often?”. You are in full control of this feature and can turn it off permanently. No user identifiable information is collected.
• New - Starting with VS2013, we’re happy to announce that PTVS is “in the box”. This means when you install Visual Studio, there is a an existing “Python” download link which will direct you to the latest PTVS installer.
• Various other smaller improvements

New “PTVS Integrated” package
• If you don’t have VS already, you can install PTVS and VS with a single click using the “Integrated” packaged. This gives you a complete and perpetually free Python IDE based on VS 2013.


For a list of known issues for this release, please see each feature's docs.

We’d like to thank the following people who took the time to report the issues and feedback for this release:
akirkby, AngellusMortis, aperception, ardakkolcak, ArmedGuy, ArtScott, atilev, azapotylok, bbusacker, bde_fft, bfcondon, bkilian, bosmart, bveldkamp, cfu, cpitcla, Crazometer, cvolzke, d2walter, delind, denfromufa, detly, Drmanac, fwkz, gennadiy_d, golubdr, indra_k, jamescoder, JandalDoe, jmfrank63, joxn, MarkBerryman, mattme, mcdevitts, meanim, miloslavbeno, mmclark, mstampfer, newfound, Nirmal4G, noam0101, ooplex, pasmocko, paweljasiniski, salbright, shoejunk, soyiharu, spaun2002, SuperKronos, tffung, VadimC, willum070.

And the following devs who sent us pull requests:

donre, nahnhnahk, sharwell, Vilhelmenator.

Reviews for this release

     
Have been using Python tools for 3 weeks with visual studio 2012 update 3. Currently I am using Cpython and Django packages. I was up and running in 30 minutes. Installing packages in the virtual environment is easy and the whole design is well thought out. I have not seen any problems or crashes. Maybe some intelli-sense missing during package loading. However this fixes itself after a minute.
by leramirez55 on Oct 14, 2013 at 12:39 PM
     
Installed on VS 2012 Prof. Upd 3 I had to install twice after upgrading from 2.0 beta. But after that it works well and is very promising.For development I only use CPython so I didn't try Ironpython. Intellisense works for most packages in a virtualenv and is very fast. The only flaw I can see until now is that the debugging of a Flask application only works with a remote debug connection.
by seyhbold on Sep 26, 2013 at 9:30 AM
     
I started using the RC and ran into several issues: first is that it took my CPU for a ride for an hour+ Microsoft.PythonTools.Analyzer.exe maxed out the CPU. Searching the forums it seems this has to do with refreshing the db, and it getting confused by .pyd files. Next annoying thing is that the breakpoints are not getting hit. Third, VS has crashed once so far.
by fd97207 on Sep 21, 2013 at 4:47 AM