Visual Studio Code Introduction


Visual Studio Code is a programmer’s text editor written by Microsoft. It is a lightweight but powerful source code editor which runs on your desktop and is available for Windows, Mac and Linux. It comes with built-in support for JavaScript, TypeScript and Node.js and has a rich ecosystem of extensions for other languages (such as C++, C#, Python, PHP) and runtimes. It works on Mac, Linux and Windows.

You code with IntelliSense which has completions for variables, methods, and imported modules. It has streamlined debugging, it has linting, multi-cursor editing, parameter hints, and other powerful editing features. You can browse your source code quickly using peek and navigate to definition. Also you can speed up your release cycle with Git support inside your editor.

There is a Getting Started web page with useful information including links to instructional videos.

You can customize the editor in three ways: Tools and Languages, secondly Keyboard Shortcuts and thirdly Colour Themes.

Atom is another good option.

Extensions

Auto Close Tag and Auto Rename Tag are two useful extension, both written by Jun Han.

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