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Visual Studio Code

Build and debug modern web and cloud applications, by Microsoft
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What is Visual Studio Code?

Build and debug modern web and cloud applications. Code is free and available on your favorite platform - Linux, Mac OSX, and Windows.
Visual Studio Code is a tool in the Text Editor category of a tech stack.
Visual Studio Code is an open source tool with 126.2K GitHub stars and 21.2K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Visual Studio Code's open source repository on GitHub

Who uses Visual Studio Code?

Companies
3606 companies reportedly use Visual Studio Code in their tech stacks, including CRED, KAVAK, and HENNGE K.K..

Developers
103284 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Visual Studio Code.

Visual Studio Code Integrations

GitHub, .NET Core, Windows, TSLint, and Azure Functions are some of the popular tools that integrate with Visual Studio Code. Here's a list of all 97 tools that integrate with Visual Studio Code.
Pros of Visual Studio Code
326
Powerful multilanguage IDE
292
Fast
183
Front-end develop out of the box
151
Support TypeScript IntelliSense
135
Very basic but free
115
Git integration
100
Intellisense
73
Faster than Atom
46
Better ui, easy plugins, and nice git integration
41
Great Refactoring Tools
38
Good Plugins
37
Terminal
36
Superb markdown support
33
Open Source
28
Extensions
25
Large & up-to-date extension community
25
Awesome UI
22
Powerful and fast
20
Portable
16
Best editor
16
Best code editor
15
Easy to get started with
14
Open, cross-platform, fast, monthly updates
14
Built on Electron
14
Good for begginers
14
Crossplatform
13
Lots of extensions
12
All Languages Support
12
Extensions for everything
11
Faster edit for slow computer
11
Totally customizable
11
Easy to use and learn
11
Ui design is great
11
Useful for begginer
11
Extensible
10
"fast, stable & easy to use"
10
Git out of the box
9
Great language support
9
It has terminal and there are lots of shortcuts in it
9
Great community
8
Powerful Debugger
8
Works With Almost EveryThing You Need
8
Fast Startup
8
SSH support
7
Python extension is fast
7
Features rich
7
Can compile and run .py files
7
Great document formater
6
He is not Michael
6
Awesome multi cursor support
6
She is not Rachel
5
Extension Echosystem
5
Language server client
5
VSCode.pro Course makes it easy to learn
5
Easy azure
5
SFTP Workspace
4
Very proffesional
4
Has better support and more extentions for debugging
3
'batteries included'
3
Has more than enough languages for any developer
3
Supports lots of operating systems
3
Emmet preinstalled
3
Excellent as git difftool and mergetool
3
Virtualenv integration
2
More tools to integrate with vs
2
Light
2
VS Code Server: Browser version of VS Code
2
Fast and ruby is built right in
2
Better autocompletes than Atom
2
CMake support with autocomplete
1
Big extension marketplace
0
Microsoft
Decisions about Visual Studio Code

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose Visual Studio Code in their tech stack.

Denys
Software engineer at Typeform · | 11 upvotes · 202.2K views
  • Go because it's easy and simple, facilitates collaboration , and also it's fast, scalable, powerful.
  • Visual Studio Code because it has one of the most sophisticated Go language support plugins.
  • Vim because it's Vim
  • Git because it's Git
  • Docker and Docker Compose because it's quick and easy to have reproducible builds/tests with them
  • Arch Linux because Docker for Mac/Win is a disaster for the human nervous system, and Arch is the coolest Linux distro so far
  • Stack Overflow because of Copy-Paste Driven Development
  • JavaScript and Python when a something needs to be coded for yesterday
  • PhpStorm because it saves me like 300 "Ctrl+F" key strokes a minute
  • cURL because terminal all the way
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Christopher Tucker
Founder and CTO at cartheur · | 1 upvote · 62.3K views

Problem was wanting to save time and money on converting well-written C# code to Ubuntu. Solution was to use Mono and Visual Studio Code which allowed us to convert our application libraries straight across.

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Lidiexy Alonso
Senior Software Engineer at Palinode LLC · | 6 upvotes · 80.4K views

As developer at Applied Health Analytics we decided to create a React Native App. In terms of #IDE I'm a good fan of PhpStorm cause we have a lot of PHP in the backend, but I've definitely gave a try to Visual Studio Code and now is my primary JavaScript #IDE. I was impress how fast VS Code has become the No.1 @JavaScript Editor in the community.

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Johnny Bell

When I switched to Visual Studio Code 12 months ago from PhpStorm I was in love, it was great. However after using VS Code for a year, I see myself switching back and forth between WebStorm and VS Code. The VS Code plugins are great however I notice Prettier, auto importing of components and linking to the definitions often break, and I have to restart VS Code multiple times a week and sometimes a day.

We use Ruby here so I do like that Visual Studio Code highlights that for me out of the box, with WebStorm I'd need to probably also install RubyMine and have 2 IDE's going at the same time.

Should I stick with Visual Studio Code, or switch to something else? #help

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Johnny Bell

Prettier not formatting code on save in Visual Studio Code? - I've come across the same issue and took me a long time googling around to find the issue.

It is actually a very simple fix. Add the below to your Visual Studio Code settings.json

"[javascript]": {
    "editor.formatOnSave": true
},
"[javascriptreact]": {
  "editor.formatOnSave": true
}
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Felix Hungenberg
Graphic Designer & Web Developer at hosting.de GmbH · | 2 upvotes · 32.6K views
Shared insights
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I use Visual Studio Code every day, it was very refreshing coming from Atom to get a lightweight, all i need setup right out of the box.

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Visual Studio Code's Features

  • Combines UI of a modern editor with code assistance and navigation
  • Integrated debugging experience

Visual Studio Code Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Visual Studio Code?
Atom
At GitHub, we're building the text editor we've always wanted. A tool you can customize to do anything, but also use productively on the first day without ever touching a config file. Atom is modern, approachable, and hackable to the core. We can't wait to see what you build with it.
Visual Studio
Visual Studio is a suite of component-based software development tools and other technologies for building powerful, high-performance applications.
Eclipse
Standard Eclipse package suited for Java and plug-in development plus adding new plugins; already includes Git, Marketplace Client, source code and developer documentation. Click here to file a bug against Eclipse Platform.
IntelliJ IDEA
Out of the box, IntelliJ IDEA provides a comprehensive feature set including tools and integrations with the most important modern technologies and frameworks for enterprise and web development with Java, Scala, Groovy and other languages.
WebStorm
WebStorm is a lightweight and intelligent IDE for front-end development and server-side JavaScript.
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Visual Studio Code's Followers
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