VS Code Beta, OSS, Extensions and more
- Posted: Nov 23, 2015 at 6:00AM
With this release, we mark our official Beta milestone and the big news is that VS Code now supports extensions (plug-ins) and is open source!
VS Code Supports Extensions!
VS Code has great features out of the box but now you and the community can extend VS Code to add new features and languages.
Find and install cool extensions by searching VS Code's public extension gallery. There you'll find new themes, snippets, languages and tools.
If you don't find an existing extension that meets your development needs, you can create your own. We've added extensive documentation on how to extend VS Code and a full extensibility API reference. In addition, we provide the tools to you need to create and publish extensions.
Yo Code Extension Scaffolding
We've updated the
vscepublishing tool lets you easily package and publish your extension. You can share your extension with colleagues by distributing a VS Code extension package or publish your extension for the community on the public gallery.
VS Code is Open Source!
You spoke and we listened. With this release, VS Code development is now open source on GitHub.
Add TextMate Snippets
Another addition to the
yo codegenerator is the option to add TextMate Snippets (.tmSnippets) to VS Code. Run
yo code, select
New Code Snippetsand specify a folder containing TextMate snippet files. The generator will convert them to the VS Code snippet format and create a VS Code extension for your own use or to share on the gallery. The generator also supports Sublime snippets (.sublime-snippets).
Debugging - Debug Console Improvements
- Colored text output to highlight diagnostic errors and warnings
- Support file path links with line and column information for quick source code navigation.
Debugging - Easy Variable Selection
Directly add selections to the Debug Console and Watch window with two new editor commands:
Debug: Evaluate- add the text selection to the Debug Console
Debug: Add to Watch- add the text selection to the Debug Watch window
Debugging - Debug environment configuration
When you create your initial debug configuration (
launch.json), VS Code now asks for your specific debug environment (Node.js, Mono) and creates a
launch.jsonspecific to that environment. VS Code also detects the type of request ('launch' or 'attach').
Debugging - Hover
Debug hover behavior has been improved: it is now possible to hover over object properties or variables that are not in the top stack frame.
Debugging - Node.js
Starting with this release, we are now launching the Node.js debug target in the internal VS Code Debug Console. This eliminates the tedious management of external console windows and brings program output and the Node.js REPL closer together. Since the Debug Console does not support programs that need to read input from the console, the external console is still available and you can enable it by setting the attribute
truein your launch configuration.
Improved Syntax Highlighting
We updated all our syntax highlighters to emit tokens which are compatible with TextMate themes. Custom color themes now work with all languages, including HTML and CSS.
Language - PHP
VS Code is now using the official PHP linter (
php -l) for PHP language diagnostics. VS Code will now stay current with PHP linter improvements.
Languages - Workspace relative TypeScript version
If you want to use a newer version of TypeScript, you can define the
typescript.tsdksetting pointing to a directory containing the TypeScript
tsserver.jsand the corresponding
lib.*.d.tsfiles. This setting now supports relative paths so you can easily share this workspace setting with your team and use the latest TypeScript version (
npm install typescript@next).
The coolest announcement was that VS Code itself is now open source.
VS Code is a new type of tool that combines the simplicity of a code editor with what developers need for their core edit-build-debug cycle. Code provides comprehensive editing and debugging support, an extensibility model, and lightweight integration with existing tools.
vscoderepository is where we do development and there are many ways you can participate in the project, for example:
- Submit bugs and feature requests and help us verify as they are checked in
- Review source code changes
- Review the documentation and make pull requests for anything from typos to new content
If you are interested in fixing issues and contributing directly to the code base, please see the document How to Contribute, which covers the following:
- How to build and run from source
- The development workflow, including debugging and running tests
- Coding Guidelines
- Submitting pull requests
For a complete list, please see the Related Projects page on our wiki.
The fun thing is to use VS Code to compile VS Code. Following the instructions on How to build and run from source I was able to prep, and compile VS Code
If you are looking for a code focused editor, that you can extend and is OSS, you have to check out VS Code.