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Data Science with Python in Visual Studio

Jonathan Wood

12 Jun , 2017  

Yep, you read that right. Visual Studio isn’t the first thing you think of when you hear “data science”, but that may just change soon. In Visual Studio 2017 they have included several tools together where you can do Python, R, and F# data projects for analysis and visualizations.

In this post we’ll go over how to use Python that you can get with Visual Studio and all the tools that you can use that comes with it.

Installing the Tools

First thing’s first, you need the tools before you can use them. You can go this with Visual Studio Community Edition, which is free to use, so no MSDN subscription or anything is required to get started.

When you run the downloaded installer, just make sure you check the Data Science and Analytical Applications section:

Visual Studio Install

After installing, you now have access to quite a few more project templates to choose from.

Project Templates

That’s a good amount! Let’s go through a bit of each of the Python and R templates and see what all they give us.

Python Projects

Here’s what the current list of Python templates look like.

Python Templates

That’s a lot of templates! A few of them are from the web side, such as Flask, Django, and Bottle, but not too much left.… Read more

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Rust, Python, Go Among Most Valued Languages in Developer Survey


28 Mar , 2017  

Stack Overflow has released results of its 2017 Developer Survey, and they paint an interesting picture of stack overflow developer surveythe languages developers love and abhor.

Developers are crushing on Mozilla’s Rust, which earned top honors as the most-loved programming language among the 64,000 coders worldwide who answered the annual survey by Stack Overflow, a social network and job board. Respondents also enthusiastically embraced Python, calling it the language they most wanted to work with in the coming year.

Want to earn big bucks as a developer? Learn Google’s Go or Scala. The two topped the list of best-compensated programming languages in the United States, with experts earning an average of $110,000 a year. Worldwide, developers skilled in Clojure—a Lisp dialect—earned the most, averaging out at $72,000 per year. Dev ops specialist and machine learning specialist were the most lucrative specialties.

JavaScript continues to be the most widely-used language, followed by SQL and Java. As for languages developers would rather not be using, more than 88 percent said they “dread” working with Visual Basic 6, followed by VBA and CoffeeScript.

While the overwhelming majority of developers said they were highly satisfied with the career paths, most also felt they were underpaid.… Read more

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