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What was going on in February 2023 around Python in the Azure ecosystem?

Here are some of the things that I came across in February regarding Python in the Azure ecosystem:

  1. In a blogpost about the State of the Azure SDK 2023 [24], the Azure SDK team has announced the launch of a monthly Azure SDK Community Standup.

    [The SDK Team's] goal is to create a space where developers can come together, share their experiences and knowledge, and discuss the latest developments in the Azure SDK ecosystem. [...] Join us every second Tuesday of the month from 11:00 AM to noon Pacific Time (UTC-8) to learn, collaborate, and grow with the community. Check out the recording of our premiere standup!

  2. New Python versions have been released.

  3. Azure Functions support for Python 3.10 is GA. [21]

    You can now develop functions using Python 3.10 locally and deploy them to all Azure Functions plans.

  4. Azure SDK for Python - February 2023 Releases [20]

  5. Developing Azure Functions using the v2 programming model for Python | Azure Friday [19]

    Gavin Aguiar and Shreya Batra join Scott Hanselman to discuss the v2 programming model for Azure Functions using Python.

    • Comprehensive overview over the simplified v2 programming model and how quick deployments can be done through Visual Studio Code.
  6. Announcements of the latest beta release of the Azure Text Analytics client libraries for Python [18]. The blog post highlights Python samples for these features:

    • Abstractive summarization
    • Named entity recognition (NER) resolutions
    • Dynamic classification
    • Healthcare FHIR bundles with document type
    • Automatic language and script detection


    If you follow the example along:

    • you may need to create the cognitive services account in the right region, otherwise you might be seein errors like this when attempting to run the code: {'code': 'InvalidRequest', 'message': "Job task: 'AbstractiveSummarization-0' failed with validation error: Document abstractive summarization is not supported in the region {Your-Region}. The supported regions are North Europe, East US, UK South."}
    • you may need to request access at if the service is part of a gated public preview feature.
  7. Azure Developer CLI (azd) includes new templates for Python [14].

  8. Not really a February update but a reminder:

    On 31 March 2023, [Microsoft] will be retiring support for Azure SDK libraries which do not conform to [their] current Azure SDK guidelines.

    Azure Updates[12]

  9. February 2023 release of the Python and Jupyter extensions for Visual Studio Code are now available [11].


# Title URL Accessed-On
11 Python in Visual Studio Code – February 2023 Release 2023-02-03
12 Update your Azure SDK libraries by 31 March 2023 2023-02-06
13 Python - Deprecated Libraries 2023-02-06
14 Azure Developer CLI (azd) – February 2023 Release - Python Templates 2023-02-09
15 Azure Samples - Deploy a Python (Flask) web app with PostgreSQL in Azure 2023-02-09
16 Azure Samples - Deploy a Python (Django) web app with PostgreSQL in Azure 2023-02-09
17 HTTP API powered by FastAPI with Azure Functions and APIM 2023-02-09
18 Announcing the new beta release of Azure Text Analytics libraries 2023-02-10
19 Developing Azure Functions using the v2 programming model for Python - Azure Friday 2023-02-11
20 Azure SDK for Python (February 2023) 2023-02-14
21 Generally available: Azure Functions support for Python 3.10 2023-02-21
22 Python 3.10.10 final 2023-02-23
23 Python 3.11.2 final 2023-02-23
24 State of the Azure SDK 2023 2023-02-23
25 Introducing Azure SDK [February 2023] - Azure SDK Community Standup 2023-02-23

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