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Episode #243: Python on Windows is OK, actually

Published Tues, Dec 17, 2019, recorded Fri, Nov 8, 2019.

We all love the Python language. But it's the 200,000+ packages that actually make Python incredibly useful and productive. But installing these libraries and sometimes even Python itself can vary across platforms. In particular, Windows has had a hard time. Many of the library authors don't use Windows and so don't test their packages on that platform. Tutorial authors often start their tutorial steps by activating a virtual environment with $ source venv/bin/activate. This, of course, doesn't work on Windows. Yet, over 50% of all developers programming in Python do so on Windows.

In this episode, you'll meet Steve Dower. He works at Microsoft and is a Python core developer. He has a bunch of stats for us. But he also has tons of good news on how Python on Windows is getting much better.

Links from the show

Steve Dower: @zooba
Steve's PyCon Talk: youtube.com
appdirs package: pypi.org/project/appdirs

Michael on .NET Rocks podcast: dotnetrocks.com
Python for .NET Developer Course: talkpython.fm/dotnet

Steve Dower
Steve Dower
Steve is an engineer who tells people about Python and then gives them excuses to use it and great tools to use it with. He is a core contributor and Windows expert for CPython, and works at Microsoft making sure Python developers are well supported across Windows, Azure, and other Microsoft platforms.
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