It'll help with the numerical stack, but only a little. The devs involved have largely figured it out already and I can't provide a good Fortran compiler or BLAS library, which is what they need.

It'll be much more valuable for the small packages that have one vital C extension - currently those are basically unusable without a wheel or a compiler. Many DB and XML packages seem to fall into this category. It also works for Cython, so anything that uses Cython should work with just these compilers.

Cheers,
Steve

Top-posted from my Windows Phone

From: Christian Heimes
Sent: 9/27/2014 7:19
To: python-dev@python.org
Subject: Re: [Python-Dev] Microsoft Visual C++ Compiler for Python 2.7

On 26.09.2014 20:01, Steve Dower wrote:
> Hi all,
>
> (This is advance notice since people on this list will be interested. Official announcements are coming when setuptools makes their next release.)
>
> Microsoft has released a compiler package targeting Python 2.7 (i.e. VC9). We've produced this package to help library developers build wheels for Windows, but also to help users unblock themselves when they need to build C extensions themselves.
>
> The Microsoft Visual C++ Compiler for Python 2.7 is available from: http://aka.ms/vcpython27

Awesome! :) Thanks a lot, Steve!

Is it possible to compile extensions from Python's numerical stack such
as NumPy, SciPy and SciKit, too?

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