Setting up Visual Studio Code

These instructions are also covered in this YouTube video.
In MAS2008 (Scientific Computing) we will use the Visual Studio Code integrated development environment as the primary way to interact with Python. This has many advantages:
VS Code is already available on the university's open access PCs. However, some additional setup is needed before it can be used for MAS2008. The main point is that VS Code can be used for many different programming languages, and we need to tell it that we want to use it for Python and Jupyter notebooks. This is done by installing some extensions. You can stop at this point if you want. However, you could also take the following steps to suppress some useless and annoying messages.