We are pleased to announce that the February 2019 release of the Python Extension for Visual Studio Code is now available. You can download the Python extension from the Visual Studio Marketplace, or install it directly from the extension gallery in Visual Studio Code. You can learn more about Python support in Visual Studio Code in the documentation.
In this release we have closed a total of 40 issues, including a built-in Test Explorer, validation of breakpoint targets when debugging, and the ability to run any code selection in the Python Interactive window.
This release includes the ability to visualize, navigate and run unit tests through a test explorer, a feature that is commonly requested by our users. To access it, you can run the command Python: Discover Unit Tests from the Command Palette (View -> Command Palette). If the unit test feature is disabled or no test framework is configured in the settings.json file, you’ll be prompted to select a framework and configure it. Once tests are discovered, the Test Explorer icon will appear on the Activity Bar.
Run code selection in the Python Interactive window
Since adding the Python Interactive window in the October release, one of the top-requested features has been for the ability to run code selections without needing to define code cells. With this update, you can now send any code line/selection to run in the Python Interactive window using command “Python: Run Selection/Line in Python Interactive window”.
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