Introducing Visual Studio Code

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Installation Begins

There is now a new choice of code editor, Visual Studio Code, where one can build and debug modern web and cloud applications. It is free and available for Linux (I find this a good reason to give Linux a try as well :)), Mac OSX and Windows. Visual Studio Code is the first code editor and first cross-platform development tool supporting OSX, Linux and Windows in the Visual Studio family.

Get yourself started here: https://code.visualstudio.com
 
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First Start

Here are the features that made me feel like I should switch to it from Sublime Text as my basic Text Editor.

  • Fast Code Editor.
  • Navigation Sidebar.
  • Syntax highlighting.
  • Always-On Intellisense.
  • Code Refactoring.
  • Great tooling support for C#, ASP.NET, Node.JS, HTML, CSS, LESS, SASS and JSON and so on.
  • Easy Integration with Package Managers and Repositories (it understands git!).

The editor is composed of a faster version of an HTML-based editor that has powered the “Monaco” cloud editor, Internet Explorer's F12 Tools and other projects. So you can just hit F12 and you have a full-blown Google Chrome kind of developer tool that is readily available for you just in case you need to inspect some element or check for any error in the console.

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Google Chrome like Developer Tools console

Nice Find/Replace window

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It also offers you git features when you open a folder with git configuration available or simply, a git repository.

If you like Auto save feature of the code editors, you're gonna love it.

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Visual Studio Code offers the following Auto Save feature:

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The Command palette has all the relevant commands available for use.

The following is the current version info:

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Beyond that, Intellisense works just great. Will be sharing more details on usage soon.