VS Code, our favorite code editor has reached that major milestone, v1.0!
Today we’re very proud to release version 1.0 of Visual Studio Code. Since our initial launch one year ago, 2 million developers have installed VS Code. Today, we’re excited to report that more than 500,000 developers actively use VS Code each month.
What started as an experiment to build a production quality editor using modern web technologies has blossomed into a new kind of cross-platform development tool, one that focuses on core developer productivity by centering the product on rich code editing and debugging experiences. Visual Studio Code brings the industry-leading experiences of Visual Studio to a streamlined development workflow, that can be a core part of the tool set of every developer, building any kind of application.
Getting to "1.0" over the last few months has been about more than features. We have worked with the community to further improve stability, fixing hundreds of bugs. And we’ve pushed hard on getting the best performance we can out of the editing experience.
The History of VS Code
Can we build a code editor fast enough that it doesn’t feel like you’re typing in a browser?
Developers today love VS Code for its powerful set of built-in features, intuitive editing and debugging experiences, performance and responsiveness, and great language and platform support. The VS Code download is under 40MB including support for 9 additional languages (Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish) and it installs in seconds. With the help of developers like @zersiax, VS Code is now accessible to visually impaired developers on Windows and soon on OS X and Linux.
Community at its Core
More than anything else, what drives the success of Visual Studio Code is the feedback and interactions from the community. From the beginning, we’ve striven to be as open as possible in our roadmap and vision for VS Code, and in November, we took that a step further by open-sourcing VS Code and adding the ability for anyone to make it better through submitting issues and feedback, making pull requests, or creating extensions.
The community responded, with huge growth in the number of extensions and the way they��re using VS Code. Today we have extensions for Node.js, Go, C++, PHP, and Python, as well as many more languages, linters, and tools. And VS Code is being used both by teams of developers, but also in companies like Progressive Insurance, where VS Code is used not just by developers, but analysts and data scientists as well.
If you haven’t tried out Visual Studio Code yet, please download it and let us know what you think!
Now that it's v1.0, does that mean it's done? LOL, not even close, check out how active the repo is... :)
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
- Ask a question on Stack Overflow.
- Request a feature on User Voice.
- File a bug in GitHub Issues.
- Tweet us with other feedback.
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- VS Code Beta, OSS, Extensions and more
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- Unity with VS Code
- "Debugging Unity 3D with VSCode"