I am not surpized by the fact that how Microsoft is proving to be developer friendly, but by the fact that how fast it is riding on the Open Source Wagon. Almost every other day, the name “Microsoft” is getting highlighted in Open Source world, either due to open sourcing .Net Platform Or giving away Visual Studio 2013 edition for community. In addition to promoting things like TypeScript has certainly helped many developers, but thats not enough. Microsoft has come up with yet another fantastic tool – Visual Studio Code.
The “Visual Studio Code” is very simple and sleek text editor available on Linux and Mac (Windows Offcourse!). Yup that’s true, unlike old days, Microsoft seems to have learn to port their tools on other platforms and be more developer friendly.
I just installed the tool and the improvement seems to start from the “Setup” itself. Just double click the installer and you are done. No more questions like where to install? do you want to add to start menu? no welcome setup screen? It just gets installed and start the editor. Hurray, simple and awesome (never had that experience earlier with Microsoft).
The editor is pretty sleek and is an advanced text editor, but those of you who expect features of Full blown Visual Studio, this is definitely not an option. The editor is more targeted towards getting your hands dirty with code, than just drag-n-drop things. It comes with “File Explorer” and provides instant editing as and when you flip between the files. No more list of open files, the editor smartly maintains list of working files and you can save all of them at once or one by one.
To support Version Control, the editor is integrated with Git. It seems to be valid decision, with the developer trend of moving to more flexible Version Control and Open source’s choice. Editor also has syntax highlighting feature with auto completion. Interestingly, it also providing debugging feature and developers can place breakpoints right from the editor. The option to switch themes from light to dark seems to be small but quite useful for people who prefer light theme over dark.
Lot more to explore, but I kinda liked it.