Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code is a free source-code editor made by Microsoft for Windows, Linux and macOS. Features include support for debugging, syntax highlighting, intelligent code completion, snippets, code refactoring, and embedded Git. Users can change the theme, keyboard shortcuts, preferences, and install extensions that add additional functionality. The source code is free and open-source, released under the permissive MIT License. The compiled binaries are freeware for any use.
Visual Studio Code Insiders running on Windows 10.
|Initial release||April 29, 2015|
|Stable release||1.45.1 (May 14, 2020)|
1.46.0 / May 15, 2020
|Operating system||Windows 7 or later, OS X 10.9 or later, Linux|
|Available in||English (US), Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese (Brazil), Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish|
|Type||Source code editor, debugger|
Instead of a project system, it allows users to open one or more directories, which can then be saved in workspaces for future reuse. This allows it to operate as a language-agnostic code editor for any language, contrary to Microsoft Visual Studio which uses the proprietary
.sln solution file and project-specific project files. It supports a number of programming languages and a set of features that differs per language. Unwanted files and folders can be excluded from the project tree via the settings. Many of Visual Studio Code features are not exposed through menus or the user interface, but can be accessed via the command palette.
Visual Studio Code can be extended via extensions, available through a central repository. This includes additions to the editor and language support. A notable feature is the ability to create extensions that add support for new languages, themes, and debuggers, perform static code analysis, and add code linters using the Language Server Protocol.
Visual Studio Code includes multiple extensions for FTP, allowing the software to be used as a free alternative for web development. Code can be synced between the editor and the server, without downloading any extra software.
Visual Studio Code allows users to set the code page in which the active document is saved, the newline character, and the programming language of the active document. This allows it to be used on any platform, in any locale, and for any given programming language.
Visual Studio Code collects usage data and sends it to Microsoft, although this can be disabled. In addition, because of the open-source nature of the app, the telemetry code is accessible to the public, who can see exactly what is collected. According to Microsoft, the data is shared with Microsoft-controlled affiliates and subsidiaries, although the law enforcement may request it as part of a legal process.
Visual Studio Code is a distribution of the "Code - OSS" repository with Microsoft-specific customizations released under a traditional Microsoft product license.
VSCodium is an alternative binary distribution of the app that uses only the open-source parts and omits Microsoft's trademarks and the telemetry component, while remaining fully functional and compatible in all other regards.
In the 2016 Developers Survey of Stack Overflow, Visual Studio Code ranked #13 among the top popular development tools, with only 7.2% of the 46,613 respondents using it. Two years later, however, Visual Studio Code achieved the #1 spot, with 34.9% of the 75,398 respondents using it. In the latest survey, the 2019 Developers Survey, Visual Studio Code is still ranked #1, with 50.7% of the 87,317 respondents using it.
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VS Code collects usage data and sends it to Microsoft to help improve our products and services. Read our privacy statement to learn more. If you don’t wish to send usage data to Microsoft, you can set the telemetry.enableTelemetry setting to false.
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