Anaconda for your Image Processing, Machine Learning, Neural Networks, Computer Vision development environment using VS Code

Python is a great language and I will not go into explaining why it is so. Here is a brief setup for your development environment in case you are tinkering with computer vision problems and looking at learning neural network on your windows laptop.

Anaconda3 5.0

64 bit Download: https://www.anaconda.com/download

Install Anaconda with the default options.

  • Anaconda Navigator is a great place to look at your environment and activate them as per your need.
  • In case you want to have a Python 2x and 3x environment side by side, then you can create them in navigator. Here I have a base(root) setup with Python 3.6 and an additional Python 2.7 environment.
  • In order to use a particular environment you can click on that environment in the navigator or go to the Anaconda prompt and execute the following command
"(base)C:\Users\Karma>activate Py27"
  • To deactivate use
deactivate
  • To create a new environment use the following command:
(base)C:\Users\Karma>conda create -n Py27 python=2.7 anaconda

Anaconda-Navigator

Whenever you want to use a particular environment just go to the environments section and activate it. This will setup your python with the packages and version as configured in that environment.  In the screenshot above I have tensorflow in my base environment while its always better to have a separate environment for this.

In case you are using Cmder like me then go for this:

Considering where you have installed your Anaconda
> C:\Anaconda3\Scripts\activate.bat C:\Anaconda3
or
> C:\Users\Karma\Anaconda3\Scripts\activate.bat C:\Users\Karma\Anaconda3
> conda info --envs
> conda activate py27
> conda deactivate

Lets try to use package manager “conda” for the setup.

Run the following installation command on Anaconda Command Prompt which will open up showing prompt as (C:\Anaconda3) C:\Users\Karma>:

In order to find packages, you should look at the Anaconda repository ( https://anaconda.org/anaconda/repo )

# Adding the menpo channels and install opencv
conda install -c https://conda.binstar.org/menpo opencv
conda config --add channels menpo
conda install -c menpo opencv

# or directly use conda-forge
conda install -c conda-forge opencv

# Install packages
conda install numpy
conda install scipy
conda install matplotlib

# List packages
conda list

OpenCV

If the OpenCV installation did not go through then we can use the pre-built windows binaries maintained by,

Christoph Gohlke at https://www.lfd.uci.edu/~gohlke/pythonlibs/#opencv

Download File: You can remove these modules by using “pip uninstall <package>”

(base)λ pip install opencv_python-3.4.0-cp36-cp36m-win_amd64.whl
Processing c:\users\karma\downloads\opencv_python-3.4.0-cp36-cp36m-win_amd64.whl
Installing collected packages: opencv-python
Successfully installed opencv-python-3.4.0
(base)λ pip install opencv_python-3.4.0+contrib-cp36-cp36m-win_amd64.whl
Processing c:\users\karma\downloads\opencv_python-3.4.0+contrib-cp36-cp36m-win_amd64.whl
Installing collected packages: opencv-python
Successfully installed opencv-python-3.4.0+contrib

In my case I used SIFT and SURF implementations which were made available in the contrib packages.

Now, that we have packages set, lets test it out on the python interpreter interface,
Use the following commands on the python CLI.

import numpy as np
import cv2

TensorFlow

Instructions: https://www.tensorflow.org/install/install_windows

To install this package with conda run:
conda install -c conda-forge tensorflow

Version changes based on the repository you are trying to download from.

I typically use VS Code but if you like smooth scrolling go for Sublime.

In VS Code I use ms-python.python, tht13.python extensions to simplify my workspace.

VSCode-Python

Debugging is critical to work with any kind of code. So here is some configuration to get you started here.

  • Verify that the workspace settings.json file has the right python path
"python.pythonPath ": "C:\\Anaconda3\\python.exe"
  • Add a launch.json in your project .vscode folder with the following values
{
   "name": "Python",
   "type": "python",
   "pythonPath":"${config:python.pythonPath}", "request": "launch", "stopOnEntry": true, "console": "none", "program": "${file}", "cwd": "${workspaceFolder}", "debugOptions": [ "WaitOnAbnormalExit", "WaitOnNormalExit", "RedirectOutput" ] }
This will get you setup for debugging and here is how the debug interface would look like when you have put the breakpoints and stepped through the code.
VSCode-Python-Debug

Good Luck.

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Eclipse can get naggy and here are some fixes

 

1. Make changes to the plugins that gets loaded at the startup/shutdown

Preferences -> General -> Startup and Shutdown -> Deselect all plugins

2. Modify the eclipse.ini file to have a larger memory allocation

Use the following content in your eclipse.ini

 

-startup
plugins/org.eclipse.equinox.launcher_1.3.0.v20130327-1440.jar
--launcher.library
plugins/org.eclipse.equinox.launcher.win32.win32.x86_64_1.1.200.v20130807-1835
-product
org.eclipse.epp.package.jee.product
--launcher.defaultAction
openFile
--launcher.XXMaxPermSize
256M
-showsplash
org.eclipse.platform
--launcher.XXMaxPermSize
256m
--launcher.defaultAction
openFile
--launcher.appendVmargs
-vm
C:/Program Files/Java/jdk1.8.0_91/bin/javaw.exe
-vmargs
-Dosgi.requiredJavaVersion=1.6
-Xverify:none
-Xmn128m
-Xms1024m
-Xmx1024m
-Xss2m
-XX:PermSize=512m
-XX:MaxPermSize=512m
-XX:+UseParallelGC