Seven cool things about the Visual Studio Code


#1 Command Palette

Command Palette is a new thing for Visual Studio users. It gives access to everything inside VSC. Command Palette is activated by pressing F1 and then typing desired keyword. There are few tricks to enpower Command Palette usage.
?  gives a list of available commands
: + line number  navigates to given line
!  shows errors and warnings
# + name  Open symbol by name.

#2 Extensions and built-in installer

There are quite nice amount of extensions available for VSC. There is an extension for Angular, C#, TypeScript and so on. Nice thing about these extensions is that you can install them directly from VSC by pressing F1 and typing "ext install".


#3 Intellisense

Visual Studio has very good intellisense, but so does VSC. It keeps suprising me all the time what it can do. It knows my json files, crawls through my code files and suggests me new things that I didn't know to exists.

#4 Open VSC easily from current folder

Visual Studio Code can be easily opened from current folder by typing "code ." Could it be simpler than that anymore?

code .

#5 Debugger

VSC has a debugger for Node.js (JS and TypeScript) and it's very easy to use. Just launch debugger, accept launch.json file creation and debug. If your main method is not in a file called app.js, change proper main filename into launch.json.


#6 Auto-update

Upgrading to the latest version is really easy. Approx once a month application will ask user to update. Clicking "Update Now", will download latest version, install it and restart app into latest build.

#7 Cross-platform

VSC is fully cross-platform and you can edit code from Mac, Linux or Windows. VSC doesn't restrict development machine anymore into one platform, which is a good thing in a long run.


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