Visual Studio Code Editor is a full-featured Integrated Development Environment for developers/quants and it comes with an integrated code editor, debugger, extensions, and a variety of other tools to help developers write, debug, and test their code.
Visual Studio Code Editor comes with an intuitive and user-friendly interface. VS Code supports syntax highlighting, autocompletion, and code snippets for Python, which can help quants write code more efficiently and accurately.
To set up VS Code Editor for a Python environment, you’ll need to follow these steps:
Install Python: If you haven’t already, you’ll need to install Python on your computer. You can download Python from the official website (https://www.python.org/downloads/). While Installing ensure that you enable the PYTHONPATH environmental variable
Install VS Code: You’ll need to download and install Visual Studio Code from the official website (https://code.visualstudio.com/).
Install the Python Extensions
Install Python, Pylance & Jupiter extensions from the extensions section on the left tab
Selecting the Python Interpreter
To Select the Python interpreter: Press
Ctrl+Shift+P (Windows) or
Cmd+Shift+P (Mac) to open the VS Code command palette. Then, type “Python: Select Interpreter” command and select the appropriate interpreter from the list.
Now goto Terminal ->New Terminal this will open the command terminal inside VS code editor and install the python libraries numpy,pandas etc as shown below
Now VS Code is all set to kick start your quant trading journey. More interesting tutorials lined up on python. Stay tuned. Do comment if any exclusive python tutorials needs to be covered.