Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code is a lightweight but powerful source code editor, available for Windows Mac and Linux OS. It’s a development environment for viewing, editing, building and debugging modern web and cloud applications. It’s an alternative and competitor to Atom, and Sublime Text text editors.
Like many other code editors, VS Code adopts a common user interface and layout of an explorer on the left, showing all of the files and folders you have access to, and an editor on the right, showing the content of the files you have opened.
Visual Studio Code is based on Electron, a framework which is used to deploy Node.js applications for the desktop running on the Blink layout engine. Although it uses the Electron framework, the software does not use Atom and instead employs the same editor component (codenamed “Monaco”) used in Visual Studio Team Services (formerly called Visual Studio Online).
What is the difference between Visual Studio Code and Visual Studio Community?
Visual Studio Code is a source code editor mainly utilized for debugging and experimenting. It aims to provide just the tools a developer needs for a quick code-build-debug cycle and leaves more complex workflows to fuller featured IDEs (integrated development environment) such as Visual Studio IDE. In short, Visual Studio Code is Visual Studio without the Visual, mainly used for debugging and experimenting or creating small projects. Therefore, it’s less heavy and will work on lower-end PCs.Help for Beginners: Begin your journey with VS Code with these introductory videos. The videos are designed to give you a quick overview of the various features of VS Code.
VS Code is free for private or commercial use. It’s required .Net Framework 4.5.2 or above to function properly.
- Streamlined Debugging
- Simple user interface
- Robust and extensible architecture
- Intelligent Code Completion
- Code Navigation and Refactoring
- In-Product Source Control
- Extensible and customizable.
- Git commands built-in
- Open Source
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Last Update: June 14, 2022
Current Version: 1.68.1
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Supported Operating Systems:
Windows 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10 (32-Bit, 64-Bit)
Mac OS X 10.9 or later
Developer: Microsoft Corporation
Welcome to the July 2017 release of Visual Studio Code. There are a number of significant updates in this version that we hope you will like, some of the key highlights include:
- Large file support – Improved performance for large files, no size limit on 64-bit machines.
- 64-bit Windows builds – Use your computer’s full address space with the 64-bit builds.
- Find in Markdown preview – Full search for Release Notes, Markdown preview, and Extensions.
- Auto-indent, Emmet 2.0 on by default – Source code auto-indenting and new Emmet support.
- Custom syntax highlighting – Easily adjust editor colors to your liking.
- Terminal environment variables – Preconfigure the Integrated Terminal environment.
- Color picker UI – Quickly create colors in your CSS, SASS, and Less files.
- Loaded Scripts Explorer – Easily review and step through loaded scripts during Node.js debugging.
- Markdown preview plugins – Add styles, scripts or plug-ins to Markdown previews.
- code.visualstudio.com updates – Tutorials for React, Angular and deploying Node.js to Azure.
- Preview: Multi-root workspaces – Settings and debug configurations across multiple projects (Insiders build).