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Installing VSCode in Anaconda Navigator on MAC Catalina

Installing VSCode in Anaconda Navigator on MAC Catalina

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Hello,
I need some help.
 In the Python Bootcamp Capstone project, we are instructed to set up a new Anaconda Navigator environment and install VSCode.  I have set up the new env and started Anaconda Navigator 1.9.12 but, VSCode does not show up as a tile in the navigator.   I have tried the suggestion to install it using pip (found by searching this Q&A section) and, that was “successful” but VSCode  still does not appear in the navigator.   Giles’ video instructions involve starting VSCode from Anaconda navigator so, following his instructions is now not possible.
BTW : One thing I didn’t do was start the Conda prompt as administrator because, its not clear how to do that on a Mac.  Is that what I have done wrong?
Below I have copied the result of using pip to do the install.  I did this in a Conda window started from the navigator with the capstone environment.  It looks like it installed but, how do I start the Visual Studio app?

pip install vscode-dl

Collecting vscode-dl
  Downloading vscode_dl-1.0.2-py3-none-any.whl (22 kB)
Collecting requests-cache
  Downloading requests_cache-0.5.2-py2.py3-none-any.whl (22 kB)
Requirement already satisfied: python-dateutil in ./opt/anaconda3/envs/capstone/lib/python3.8/site-packages (from vscode-dl) (2.8.1)
Requirement already satisfied: PyYAML in ./opt/anaconda3/envs/capstone/lib/python3.8/site-packages (from vscode-dl) (5.3.1)
Requirement already satisfied: requests in ./opt/anaconda3/envs/capstone/lib/python3.8/site-packages (from vscode-dl) (2.24.0)
Requirement already satisfied: six>=1.5 in ./opt/anaconda3/envs/capstone/lib/python3.8/site-packages (from python-dateutil->vscode-dl) (1.15.0)
Requirement already satisfied: certifi>=2017.4.17 in ./opt/anaconda3/envs/capstone/lib/python3.8/site-packages (from requests->vscode-dl) (2020.6.20)
Requirement already satisfied: idna<3,>=2.5 in ./opt/anaconda3/envs/capstone/lib/python3.8/site-packages (from requests->vscode-dl) (2.10)
Requirement already satisfied: chardet<4,>=3.0.2 in ./opt/anaconda3/envs/capstone/lib/python3.8/site-packages (from requests->vscode-dl) (3.0.4)
Requirement already satisfied: urllib3!=1.25.0,!=1.25.1,<1.26,>=1.21.1 in ./opt/anaconda3/envs/capstone/lib/python3.8/site-packages (from requests->vscode-dl) (1.25.10)
Installing collected packages: requests-cache, vscode-dl
Successfully installed requests-cache-0.5.2 vscode-dl-1.0.2

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Ok so, as soon as I posted this, I found an answer that worked online.
Go to this page and follow the install instructions https://code.visualstudio.com/docs/setup/mac
Then stop and re-start Anaconda navigator and VSCode will now be visible as a tile.  No need to install it, you just need to launch the app from the navigator and all will be good.
I hope that helps someone else..

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Further update.  It looks like current VSCode 3.4.2 isn’t compatible with the latest version of Python python=3.8.
So, my solution was to create a new environment using python 3.6 like this:
conda create -n capstone36 python=3.6 anaconda
conda activate capstone36  
In Anaconda navigator, use this environment to start the Visual Studio app.  (in my case I also had to select the environment from the list at the bottom left of the app)
Finally, I tried Giles’ code 
import numpy as np
import cv2
and got it to run without errors.