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Im new to python, Im trying to use vscode as external editor but it really sucks at being intuitive for a beginner...

1) Im trying to add the hou.module so I can see the functions but It doesnt show the functions:

my settings.json looks like this:

    "python.autoComplete.extraPaths": [ "C:\\Program Files\\Side Effects Software\\Houdini 18.0.287\\houdini\\python2.7libs\\Hou.pyc" ],

(I tried without the [] brackets too) 


2) Also when I edit a .py Code tells me: Linter flake8 is not installed. And when I click Install is says: There is no Pip installer available in the selected environment. 

Can someone help?

Im using:
Windows 10
Houdini 18
VS Code v 1.41.1
Python v 2.7.15 64-bit


Edited by makah21803

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Not sure if you got this working yet or not, but I am using the following and it works well for me.


    "python.autoComplete.extraPaths": [
        "C:\\Program Files\\SideFX\\Houdini18.0.356\\houdini\\python2.7libs",
    "python.autoComplete.preloadModules": [
    "terminal.integrated.env.windows": {
        "PYTHONPATH": "C:\\Program Files\\Side Effects Software\\Houdini18.0.356\\houdini\\python2.7libs;E:\\_unity\\_projects\\Python_Unity\\Library\\PackageCache\\com.unity.scripting.python@2.0.0-preview.6\\Python\\site-packages",
        "PATH": "${env:PATH};C:\\Program Files\\Side Effects Software\\Houdini18.0.356\\bin"
    "python.pythonPath": "C:\\Python27\\python.exe",
    "[python]": {},
    "terminal.integrated.shell.windows": "C:\\WINDOWS\\System32\\wsl.exe",


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