My Anaconda Navigator, with all its packages for the beginner, is working fine. I have VSCode showing on my Anaconda Navigator main menu.
My “normal” or “regular” pattern of use – at least in the next coming months – will be simply that of a beginner’s learning: type up a few lines of .py code in VSCode IDE, run, debug, correct code, and rerun. My prior life with Python has resulted in no more than 50 lines of code (including comments) in a single .py file. While I expect to progress into organizing program files for easy porting, my environment for now will be just small files of .py code: each file being a single stand-alone Python program. With the above said:
Q1 - Is it possible to launch VSCode, create/run/debug/change or add more Python code/rerun/ … without having to launch Anaconda Navigator first? For now, I wish to focus on just the VSCode IDE and not “touch” (i.e., use) Jupyter notebooks, orSpyder, etc…
Q2 - If Yes to Q1, what settings must I add/change into my VSCode environment so that the “behind the scenes” housekeeping that Anaconda Navigator has done – which is really very helpful – are also covered?
Q3 - as a beginner, I’ve noticed that the Terminal screen (bottom half) of the VSCode IDE environment is a Powershell prompt. I have also been using Powershell, and like this “IDE style”. It remains a mystery to me how VScode is made to properly “react” when the upper half is Python code, versus Powershell code. I am guessing some commands and/or settings must be activated first in order to switch from Python to Powerhsell and vice-versa. Would be grateful for some guidance on what / where to get the appropriate documentation that explains this environment in VSCode.
Thanking you in advance.