Microsoft now ships Python with SQL Server

justin walters walters.justin01 at
Sat Apr 22 11:24:08 EDT 2017

On Sat, Apr 22, 2017 at 5:05 AM, Steve D'Aprano <steve+python at>

> 19/python-in-sql-server-2017-enhanced-in-database-machine-learning/
> Quote:
> We are excited to share the preview release of in-database analytics and
> machine learning with Python in SQL Server. Python is one of the most
> popular languages for data science and has a rich ecosystem of powerful
> libraries.
> Starting with the CTP 2.0 release of SQL Server 2017, you can now bring
> Python-based intelligence to your data in SQL Server.
> The addition of Python builds on the foundation laid for R Services in SQL
> Server 2016 and extends that mechanism to include Python support for
> in-database analytics and machine learning. We are renaming R Services to
> Machine Learning Services, and R and Python are two options under this
> feature.
> /quote
> --
> Steve
> “Cheer up,” they said, “things could be worse.” So I cheered up, and sure
> enough, things got worse.
> --

Does this mean Python is now Enterprise™?

Nah, in all seriousness though; this is good new I think. I'm all for
Python becoming
even more wide spread.

Although I've never used MS SQL, I'm glad people who do use it for work now
have an easy to
understand language to perform analytics with.

It's also great news that they are defaulting to Python 3.5.

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