How to execute Python code from within Visual Studio Code

Visual Studio Code was recently released and I liked the look of it and the features it offered, so I figured I would give it a go.

I downloaded the application from the downloads page fired it up, messed around a bit with some of the features ... and then realized I had no idea how to actually execute any of my Python code!

I really like the look and feel/usability/features of Visual Studio Code, but I can't seem to find out how to run my Python code, a real killer because that's what I program primarily in.

Does anyone know if there is a way to execute Python code in Visual Studio Code?

You can add a custom task to do this. Here is a basic custom task for Python.

        "version": "0.1.0",
        "command": "c:\\Python34\\python",
        "args": [""],
        "problemMatcher": {
            "fileLocation": ["relative", "${workspaceRoot}"],
            "pattern": {
                "regexp": "^(.*)+s$",
                "message": 1

You add this to tasks.json and press CTRL + SHIFT + B to run it.