[python-committers] MSDN Subscriptions/Renewals

Jim Baker jim.baker at python.org
Wed Aug 15 12:33:14 EDT 2018


Thanks again for helping here!

Two additional experience stories on why MSDN is valuable for those of
working on the Python language:

   - Some of us otherwise don't run Windows devices, but would like to
   support Windows, across potentially a range of versions and natural
   languages — and their encodings. In particular, we have used MSDN to ensure
   that Jython runs quite reasonably well on Windows. (This was a big focus in
   the Jython 2.7.0 release in fact, and continues to be the case.)
   - I also used an Excel download from MSDN to verify that Jython code
   going against Apache POI (https://poi.apache.org/) worked correctly with
   both Windows and Excel; and therefore was able to write up this experience
   with Josh Juneau for an article in the Nov/Dec 2015 issue of Java Magazine.

- Jim

On Wed, Aug 15, 2018 at 9:18 AM, Steve Dower <steve.dower at python.org> wrote:

> On 15Aug2018 0650, Brian Curtin wrote:
>> This will give you access to Microsoft's Developer Network, which
>> includes access to things like Visual Studio and Windows licenses that we
>> can use for working on Python.
> Just to clarify one thing: you don't need a special license to get Visual
> Studio Community Edition to work on Python, even within a big company -
> it's free for open source work, and has everything we need.
> But request the MSDN Subscription anyway. It looks good to have a lot of
> demand coming from the Python community :) (plus it should include a chunk
> of Azure time if you need VMs, and probably some VSTS bonuses these days
> though I haven't checked that).
> Thanks for everyone's work on Python!
> +1, and thanks Brian for continuing to coordinate this!
> Cheers,
> Steve
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