Python Tools for Visual Studio

Python Tools for Visual Studio
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Sample Chapters
  • Learn how you can take advantage of IDE for debugging and testing Python applications
  • Enhance your efficiency in Django development with Visual Studio IntelliSense
  • Venture into the depths of Python programming concepts, presented in a detailed and clear manner

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 122 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : April 2014
ISBN : 178328868X
ISBN 13 : 9781783288687
Author(s) : Martino Sabia, Cathy Wang
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Application Development, Open Source

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to PTVS
Chapter 2: Python Tools in Visual Studio
Chapter 3: Day-to-day Coding Tools
Chapter 4: Django in PTVS
Chapter 5: Advanced Django in PTVS
Chapter 6: IPython and IronPython in PTVS
  • Chapter 1: Introduction to PTVS
    • Step-by-step installation and configuration
    • PTVS tools overview
      • The Python Environments window
      • Python Interactive
    • Visual Studio panels with PTVS
    • Summary
  • Chapter 3: Day-to-day Coding Tools
    • Project handling
      • Solution
      • Project
      • Specifying Python environments
      • Defining Search Paths
    • Refactoring
    • Debugging
      • Using breakpoints
      • Utilizing watch entries
    • Summary
  • Chapter 4: Django in PTVS
    • Django project template and tools
      • Installing a Python package
      • Running the application
      • IntelliSense in Django templates
    • Setting up and managing a database for a Django project
    • Setting up the admin interface
    • Creating a new Django application
    • Deploying a Django project on Microsoft Azure
    • Summary
  • Chapter 5: Advanced Django in PTVS
    • Library management
    • The Fabric library – the deployment and development task manager
    • South – the database deployment library
      • Why use South with Django
      • Installing South
      • Schema migration with South
    • Summary

Martino Sabia

Martino is an inquisitive developer with close to 30 years of coding background. Throughout his years of working with different platforms and languages, he has always focussed on finding new and creative ways of using different technologies. Based in Italy, Martino spent his career in various startup companies, from junior developer to software architect, and now as a project lead for Deltatre. He works on consumer-facing heavy-traffic websites and media streaming platforms in the sports industry.

Cathy Wang

Cathy Wang is a user-experience designer who specializes in service design and experience strategy. She has worked on many cross-channel projects, and has served as design lead for enterprise services in fields from Telecom to public sectors around the globe. Cathy has worked for world-class design agencies bringing complex visions to life. In her free time she builds web projects and apps. She is infinitely curious about new technologies and the variety of experiences they bring.

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What you will learn from this book

  • Gain valuable insights on how to use IntelliSense with Python
  • Discover how to navigate code and objects with relative ease in REPL and code panel tools
  • Configure a set up for Django development and library management
  • Familiarize yourself with hosting a Django app on Azure
  • Learn all about project handling and the debugging process with PTVS
  • Understand about various project types in PTVS with basic examples

In Detail

Python Tools for Visual Studio is a free and open source plugin for Visual Studio from Microsoft. It enables developers to use all the major productivity features of Visual Studio in their projects. The powerful integrated code navigation and code completion tools (IntelliSense) in PTVS empower developers to significantly speed up the coding process.
PTVS provides a unique IDE for either Python or IronPython languages, taking advantage of the .NET framework in plain Python projects.

This book provides a detailed insight into Python tools in Visual studio to help Python developers implement a more productive and efficient workflow.

Starting with the installation and configuration of PTVS, you will be familiarized with the various tools and panels available. Throughout the book, you will learn about how to speed up coding sessions with handy tips on refactoring and debugging. Moving on towards IntelliSense and the project setup, you will also learn about how PTVS does project handling, and how you can use Python environments for your project.

You then round off things by delving into Django development and library management in Visual Studio to gain advanced knowledge on Django web development for web applications.


This is a hands-on guide that provides exemplary coverage of all the features and concepts related to PTVS.

Who this book is for

The book is intended for developers who are aiming to enhance their productivity in Python projects with automation tools that Visual Studio provides for the .Net community. Some basic knowledge of Python programming is essential.

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