Visual Studio Code – A Free Cross-Platform Code Editor

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Code Editing. Redefined.


Introducing Visual Studio Code, a new, free, cross-platform code editor for building modern web and cloud applications on Mac OS X, Linux and Windows

Microsoft announced the launch of Visual Studio Code, a lightweight cross-platform code editor for writing modern web and cloud applications that will run on OS X, Linux and Windows at the //Build developer conference

At its Build developer conference, Microsoft announced the launch of Visual Studio Code, a lightweight cross-platform code editor for writing modern web and cloud applications that will run on OS X, Linux and Windows. You can now download it here.

This marks the first time that Microsoft offers developers a true cross-platform code editor. The full Visual Studio is still Windows-only, but today’s announcement shows the company’s commitment to supporting other platforms.

VSCode is folder and file based. You can open a folder and work on its files. No project file. No solution file. Just grab the code folder and go. When there is a project context, such as with ASP.NET 5, and you open a folder (with an ASP.NET 5 project), VSCode detects the project context.

Visual Studio Code offers developers built-in support for multiple languages and as Microsoft noted in today’s Build keynote, the editor will feature rich code assistance and navigation for all of these languages. JavaScript, TypeScript, Node.js and ASP.NET 5 developers will also get a set of additional tools.

The editor features all of the standard tools you would expect from a modern code editor, including syntax highlighting, customizable keyboard bindings, bracket matching and snippets. It also works with Git out of the box and

You can also follow Visual Studio Code on Twitter at @code.


Read the docs and see the links below for more details on the prerequisites and how to install and get up and running with VSCode.

  1. Get started
  2. Download Visual Studio Code

Top Features

  1. Debugging – awesome, fast, and easy debugging of server side JavaScript and and C#
  2. Intellisense – C#, TypeScript and even for JavaScript and JSON … not to mention autocomplete and hints
  3. Git integration – super helpful to be able to integrate with git, show diffs, stage, commit, clean
  4. Refactoring – tons of features that make refactoring easy and fast

I like VSCode because it’s super-fast and provides some rich development features (code completion, navigation, deployment, debugging, Git, task running).

At-last i shall say  It’s fast editing experience is similar to what you get with brackets, Sublime while it’s debugging and integration experience is similar to what you get with Visual Studio.


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