Visual Studio Code is a reduced version of the official Microsoft development environment focused exclusively on the code editor. Its cross-platform supports syntaxes for a large number of programming languages.
The environment is not fancy and focuses exclusively on providing flexibility and simplicity to promote compatibility across the platforms offered, beyond support for Git repositories or the ability to open multiple files iterations in one window.
Visual Studio Code is a streamlined code editor with support for development operations like debugging, task running, and version control. It aims to provide just the tools a developer needs for a quick code-build-debug cycle and leaves more complex workflows to fuller featured IDEs, such as Visual Studio IDE.
VS Code is free for private or commercial use, it's built on open source and runs everywhere.
Go beyond syntax highlighting and autocomplete with IntelliSense, which provides smart completions based on variable types, function definitions, and imported modules.
Print statement debugging is a thing of the past.
Debug code right from the editor. Launch or attach to your running apps and debug with break points, call stacks, and an interactive console.
Git commands built-in.
Working with Git and other SCM providers has never been easier. Review diffs, stage files, and make commits right from the editor. Push and pull from any hosted SCM service.
Extensible and customizable.
Want even more features? Install extensions to add new languages, themes, debuggers, and to connect to additional services. Extensions run in separate processes, ensuring they won't slow down your editor.
Welcome to the October 2021 release of Visual Studio Code.
In addition to releasing a preview of vscode.dev, we announced in the October iteration plan that we would focus on housekeeping GitHub issues and pull requests (see our issue cleanup guide). Across all of our VS Code repositories, we closed (either triaged or fixed) 4163 issues. While we closed issues, you created 2222 new issues. The main vscode repository now has 2491 open feature requests and 1246 open bugs. In addition, we closed 194 pull requests.
Given the focus on shipping vscode.dev, not everybody on the team had cycles for clean-up, so some issue clean-up will continue in November. After housekeeping, we also addressed feature requests and community pull requests.