Question or problem about Python programming:
I know that there is a “Microsoft Visual C++ Compiler for Python 2.7” but is there, currently or planned, a Microsoft Visual C++ Compiler for Python 3.4 or eve Microsoft Visual C++ Compiler for Python 3.x for that matter? It would be supremely beneficial if I didn’t have to install a different version of visual studio on my entire lab.
How to solve the problem:
Unfortunately to be able to use the extension modules provided by others you’ll be forced to use the official compiler to compile Python. These are:
Visual Studio 2008 for Python 2.7.
Visual Studio 2010 for Python 3.4.
Alternatively, you can use MinGw to compile extensions in a way that won’t depend on others.
See: https://docs.python.org/2/install/#gnu-c-cygwin-MinGW or https://docs.python.org/3.4/install/#gnu-c-cygwin-mingw
This allows you to have one compiler to build your extensions for both versions of Python, Python 2.x and Python 3.x.
For the different python versions:
Visual C++ |CPython -------------------- 14.0 |3.5 10.0 |3.3, 3.4 9.0 |2.6, 2.7, 3.0, 3.1, 3.2
Source: Windows Compilers for py
Also refer: this answer
Visual Studio Community 2015 suffices to build extensions for Python 3.5. It’s free but a 6 GB download (overkill). On my computer it installed vcvarsall at
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 14.0\VC\vcvarsall.bat
For Python 3.4 you’d need Visual Studio 2010. I don’t think there’s any free edition. See https://matthew-brett.github.io/pydagogue/python_msvc.html