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Visual Studio Code review by <span>Shubhra M.</span>
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"Amazing product from Microsoft to improve developer productivity "

What do you like best?

Some of the best features are:

1. It has extensions that can bring the functionality close to a fully featured IDE like Visual Studio.

2. Its very light weight.

3. The integrated terminals can be used to manage various tasks in parallel without cluttering the desktop.

4. Github integration comes out of the box and does not require any any setup .

5. Node debugging features are that come out of box are very handy.

What do you dislike?

1. I used some Azure extensions but their help documentation was not in sync with the functionality. I wish they had been kept in sync.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely try out VS Code. Its super quick if you want to experiment with an idea without the hassle of going through creating a full solution in any heavy weight IDE like Visual Studio. Even if you are a user of Atom, you will feel fully at home.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The aim of the project is to create a MEAN application for resource management. Visual Studio code helped us get started very effectively because of its support for JavaScript development.

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Visual Studio Code review by <span>Chris S.</span>
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"Visual Studio Code is good stuff"

What do you like best?

VS Code is modular and this allows users to view many different file types. Programming languages, some types of Excel, XML, CSV, and on and on. If you are adventerous, you can even make your own filter for a file type not yet implemented. It is possible to create an entire project, starting with GIT, coding, debugging, and publishing. if you are using one of the cross-platform languages, then it is possible to run the code on another platform.

What do you dislike?

VSCode is still a work in progress, they are still building on it. Having said that, it is nice that there is a monthly release cycle to enhance it. additionally, even though they complete a feature - there is a good chance that the interface for the feature will change at a later date.

Recommendations to others considering the product

VS Code is super eay to consider. if you use a text editor, then consider looking at VSCode. if you ever wanted intellisence in your file, then look for the plug in.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

for quick and dirty coding tasks, it is so fast. it is possible to code up a HTML page, and then serve it. Or, you can code up a server-side language (C#, python, etc) and run it locally. additionally, because of the plug ins, it is able to be similar to SQL manager for queries or writing T-SQL. And, becuase of the way it works, always saving in the background, if your computer crashes, it is able to recover the files (unlike SSMS)

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Visual Studio Code review by <span>Paulo G.</span>
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"Best Tool for Any situation"

What do you like best?

VSCode is one of the best, if not the best free IDE available. It's easy to set-up, easy to use and is filled with awesome plugins to help you code in any available language. You can customize it to suit all your needs.

What do you dislike?

Even supporting almost any language, you have to install a dozen of plug-ins to make the environment a happy place.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Need a tool to code in every single language available? VSCode is the right choice. Easy to set-up, easy to configure and with loads of plugins. You can rely on VSCode to be your main IDE, or even your main text editor. You won't regret it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I needed a jack-of-all-trades tool to code on node, go and ruby, and VSCode was a natural choice. This way we can create a customized configuration with a set of plugins and we could share with our team easily, reducing the amount of time of ramp-up.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Robert S.</span>
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"Fantastic Editor for Scripting"

What do you like best?

- Amazing editor

- Monthly updates that help keep the product improving

- Devs listen to feedback

- Huge list of extensions that apply to any language

- Integrated Git makes version control much easier

- Open source

- Works on Windows, Linux, and Mac

What do you dislike?

- A bit of a learning curve when modifying certain settings since it's all JSON based

- Integrated console can be buggy at times

- The native Git integration does not allow for adding remote repositories so they must be added through Git outside of VSCode

Recommendations to others considering the product

VSCode is definitely not a replacement for the full version of Visual Studio for those doing heavy programming, but it is a very powerful tool for scripting languages and Markdown.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Visual Studio Code (VSCode) for mostly PowerShell script/module development and Markdown editing. At this point, I prefer to use VSCode as my goto editor for PowerShell and Markdown because of the powerful editor. I also integrate it with Git in conjunction with our remote Git repo and it makes keeping my source version controlled a breeze.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Richard M.</span>
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" An excellent tool for the development of interpreted and compiled language."

What do you like best?

What I like the most about this development environment is the minimalism that it is, since it provides a powerful and at the same time understandable platform for large and small projects.

allows integration with servers such as node.js, to facilitate the development and deployment of our projects.

I like that it has a large amount of plugin that somehow expand the functionalities of the environment to make it much more complete but without forcing you to install them if it is not necessary.

What do you dislike?

I do not like that sometimes the environment gets dirty and gives unknown errors and the only way to repair them is by restarting the environment.

It can improve the speed of the environment and the integration with different platforms.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend it widely, I think it's a quite complete, powerful development environment and also easy to use.

This is pretty good for beginners or people who do not know much about environments since the learning curve is quite good because of the minimalism of the design, and the software interfaces.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The last project that I developed was with angular, for which I saw myself in the duty to make use of this environment to integrate it with node and perform the corresponding deployments.

It is also an excellent editor of scripts and other text files, quite reliable.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>prasad d.</span>
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"Best Editor for the front end developers"

What do you like best?

I have been working on this from more than two years. Firstly, I use to work for .NET platform, but now I am using for the angular 4. It is the cross platform code editor which supports the Windows,Linux and Mac. It is also light weight, and free to download and easy to install. The syntax highlighting, bracket matching which can be showed in different colors, and code snippets. Intellisense is the best option which reduces a lot of time. Also side by side editing option, which makes us to edit the two files at once.

What do you dislike?

I don't find any major problems with this editor. This is the best editor for the front end developers.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is the useful editor, which can be recommended to many colleagues and my friends also. As it got many better features compared to the other editors, which makes the work easy. The preview feature is also available, we can mark the code and check the html code as preview. Debugging, breakpoints are also available to solve the issues in the code. It was released recently, but it became more popular for its advanced features. So, I can say that this is the best editor for the developers. Freshers, they can use this from beginning only, which makes their work easy in the future.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Yes, there are many benefits of this editor, which really solves many problems. We can find information about that line or the parameter when we placed the cursor on that parameter or the function, which shows all the information about that. The command palatte with the shortcuts is the best feature of this editor.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Gilles d.</span>
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"Visual Studio Code - The power of VS with the lightness of command prompt"

What do you like best?

Clean UI, fast, integrated Intellisense with highlight and autocomplete, code debugging from the editor, Git command built-in, many different languages already available and many more expected in the future. Visual Stucio Code is really clever at pointing out difficult errors in languages like C#, as well as obvious errors in simpler languages like CSS

What do you dislike?

It takes some time to go from the very powerful Visual Studio application to Visual Studio Code. Make sure you begin your journey by watching videos and reading documents at https://code.visualstudio.com/docs

Recommendations to others considering the product

Read the documentation.

Start with small projects and extend them.

Use Git/TFS and share developments with other team members.

Use the test features.

Take advantage of the large community and enable additional languages, themes, debuggers, commands, and more.

Be part of the community and publish new extensions.

Discover and use new tips and tricks https://code.visualstudio.com/docs/getstarted/tips-and-tricks

Use a cheat sheet for your OS:

- https://code.visualstudio.com/shortcuts/keyboard-shortcuts-windows.pdf

- https://code.visualstudio.com/shortcuts/keyboard-shortcuts-linux.pdf

- https://code.visualstudio.com/shortcuts/keyboard-shortcuts-macos.pdf

Use the powerful command line interface (CLI) to customize the editor and launch your specific scenarios.

Change your theme using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+K Ctrl+T to install them from the extension Marketplace.

Tune your user settings in settings.json

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Visual Studio Code provides developers with a powerful development tool, while avoiding the expense of the full Visual Studio Pro, Enterprise or others. It is available on multiple OS platforms, making it ubiquitous. It allowed us to streamline the number of development tools used (Vim, Sublime, etc.).

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Alexander C.</span>
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"simple and easy to use"

What do you like best?

It has a fantastic debugging, it is free and easy to use, it is also easy to install and the management of plugins is very practical, it does not require more knowledge in the management of additional code editors and it comes with built-in git, it is an excellent alternative for any software developer

What do you dislike?

t has a slight delay to execute the requests and to open files, which does not make it so fast unlike other editors, additionally it can not be used in the terminal of the system and is somewhat heavy with respect to the dependencies that it has so that it can work optimally

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is an acceptable alternative to edit code of various software projects, it can not be ruled out

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is an acceptable alternative to edit code of various software projects

Visual Studio Code review by <span>An P.</span>
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"Lightweight code editor for small to medium sized projects"

What do you like best?

Fastest free IDE for Windows without sacrificing the most vital features for programming. The GIT integration with some free plugins gives you the ability to do any kind of comparison you need. Search and replace feature is also the fastest I've seen and much faster than Eclipse. It also works on Linux which is important for my development.

What do you dislike?

Plugin library not quite as diverse as some other editors. Manual configuration with JSON might be preferred in Linux environments but is not fitting when you are in Windows.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I have used Visual Studio in the past but it is too heavy for web development. This is going to be the ideal editor for Internet programming.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Setting up a development environment on any computer can be achieved very easily with Visual Studio Code. It also runs well on slower machines such as laptops and Linux servers.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Taylor M.</span>
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"Slick, stable, and innovative take on web development coding"

What do you like best?

VS Code has some very clever features, including a built in console that can be run in tabs and in your choice of shell, but the real benefit of switching is how slick and stable everything runs together. VS Code builds on features that other editors have rolled out over the years (including git integration, multiple window panes, and an extensive extension library), but somehow manages to bring all these together without sacrificing speed or stability. Things are just done well.

What do you dislike?

With all the great features it can be easy to crowd up your workspace, but VS Code leaves that up to you to decide. In earlier versions it was difficult to work on (or even view for reference) multiple projects at once, but this has been improved with the capability to have multiple folders open in a workspace.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give it at least a solid week!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

VS Code has become my primary web coding platform, in no small part due to its integrated, tab-able terminal. The extension library has grown greatly over the last year, and most of the helpful ideas and plugins you've come to rely on in other programs can be found in some form or fashion here.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Achilleas K.</span>
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"Best code editor"

What do you like best?

It is the standard editor i am using in the last months in my vue-drupal projects. I have used many of the extensions that it provides for easier development. Also, i can open 2-3 projects in different windows without any cpu or memory problem. Loading time of the software is very quick. I am using Vetur, Vue 2 snippets for vue framework development. I have install it in my ubuntu 16.04 installation and it get updated often. It has git integration so it is very easy to see the lines that changed added or removed. Also, you can see which files are updated U compared with the last commit. Another great feature for software developers is the intelligent code completion. I am writing javascript and auto completing in programming helps for not doing errors. Snippers improve the speed of programming and reduce syntax errors.

What do you dislike?

I have not noticed any problem until now. the program works exactly as i expect.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I have used Sublime 2 and 3 and other commercial editors like phpstorm. However, i find Studio code as the best choice.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Free software for making development easier, so many extensions to use for different programming languages, great documentation for learn using it. Code completion, git integration are some of the software advantages.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Brian C.</span>
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"Excellent code editor with a variety of plugins"

What do you like best?

Visual Studio Code coupled with LaTeX Workshop and Code Spell Checker extensions has proven to be the ideal LaTeX environment in Windows. Code completion, syntax highlighting, and robust settings give you everything you need. It provides folder-level project management at no cost.

What do you dislike?

There have been a few bugs from time to time (interesting one at the moment has your text entry come in two places after a tab completion), but they get squished quickly. Aside from that, there is little not to like.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is a great choice for users looking for a code editor that utilizes folder-level project management.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have been able to more quickly and uniformly generate my LaTeX documents with automatic PDF generation on save. The document window lets me quickly jump from one document to another. I had previously been using an online LaTeX system, but my build times were running against the limit for free projects. Visual Studio code allowed me to use my local computer's power at no cost.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Chaitanya R.</span>
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"Best IDE for Developing front End projects"

What do you like best?

I like the user interface in this IDE.

it is very comfortable to develop the code for any type of project

regularly i use this IDE for UI development

we can have all the Files of the project will be opened in solution explorer this will help more to the developer to open the files

What do you dislike?

Nothing much more to dislike in this IDE

if we want to execute the Project we will feel little difficult to execute there is no short cut to start or execute the application .we need to search in deep to find the execution of the project.

this is the only draw back i found in this IDE.

some times browser compatibility issues will get

we cant keep preference for the browser easily.

performance also will take little more time for execution

Recommendations to others considering the product

i strongly recommend my friends and colleagues to use visual studio for developing Front End applications

its very helpful everyone because it will provide more intellisense for all type of applications so i hope this is the best IDE for web development projects

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

problem i faced in this IDE is Execution of the project is little difficult .

main benefits of this ide is User Interface and folder Structure(solution explorer)

themes can also will help to make more interest on doing work.

Every time will get new update to help developer to be more efficient.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Dave J.</span>
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"One of the best open source code editors available"

What do you like best?

One of the best things about Visual Studio Code is that it ready to use out of the box without having to customize your installation. This is especially true for Javascript and web development but there are official plugins for Golang, Python, and so forth. If you like to customize, you still have that option but it's ready to go upon install.

What do you dislike?

The only thing I dislike is very cosmetic: the new logo (as of November 2017) is ugly. Microsoft listened to the community and changed the color but the logo still looks like a fish and a giant backwards "L".

Recommendations to others considering the product

When looking for plugins be sure to first look for any officially supported ones first, those will have the best support. Sometimes it's not obvious. For instance the Golang plugin is the official one but it doesn't appear to be from Microsoft but it is maintained by MSFT employees. Finally, the github repo for VS Code is a wonderful resource.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Visual Studio code for software development for both Javascript frontend work as well as Golang backend work. The benefit is being able to have the team get up and running quickly on one IDE for any programming language.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Pavel D.</span>
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"Great code editor."

What do you like best?

The most important thing in Visual Studio Code for me is the fact that it is a cross-platform editor, I use it on my Windows/Mac/Linux machines. It makes the development process much easier and convenient when you have your own environment setup on each of the platforms (which can be easily transferred to a text configuration file).

This editor It's lightweight and fast, with a large variety of extensions and capabilities.

What do you dislike?

Developing with C# (and I guess other compiled languages) is not that convenient, if I have Visual Studio on my machine I would probably choose it over Visual Studio Code. But Visual Studio Code is still great for scripting languages.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Visual Studio Code editor for developing web applications using Frontend using AngularJs, server-side with Node, mobile platforms using Ionic framework and Pyhon on Linux.

The main benefit is that you can use a single editor (Visual Studio Code ) for many languages/platfroms.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Oreofe J.</span>
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"Lightweight code editor with simply fantastic features."

What do you like best?

Difficult to choose - This is one Visual Studio product that is not a space or memory hogger, It lightweight and loads quickly Another pleasant discovery, it provides support for Node.js and for my python codes - and I can actually run these scripts from within VS Code. Saves me the stress of firing up different editors for different programming languages.

What do you dislike?

It is not an IDE but I hope we will get a couple of more extensions that would help with debuggin.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You have 32 bit versions and 64 bit versions of VS code which is a good thing - you also have linux flavors ( and mac I believe) this gives you a lot of flexibility and it supports languages which are not from Microsoft. I dont have a detailed list of this but keep in mind that it is not a full blown IDE.. It does have Intellisense and the search function works fast.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Testing and executing scripts developed by our development team ( 3rd party). We do not need to run or deploy a full blown development environment to perform these checks. We can save more on hardware ( RAM, processor etc) as VS can be installed on a tablet and our QA can be done on the go.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Alon R.</span>
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"Visual Studio Code is an easy to use, powerful, open-source IDE for many languages"

What do you like best?

I like that it has support for multiple languages all for free! Instead of paying for large software like Intellij(which I also use for work purposes), I can get much of the functionality in a free platform. I like that it has a useful terminal built in(I have used other terminals in software like Atom and did not enjoy it), lots of plugins, and git integration!

What do you dislike?

So far I have not seen anything that I disliked about Visual Studio Code and have replaced Atom with it on my home computer.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Stop what you're using and check out Visual Studio Code now! You won't regret it!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Visual Studio Code is making my development time faster and much easier with all of it's integrations, plugins and rich ecosystem. It also saves a ton of money since it is free and open source!

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Seth W.</span>
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"Great Typescript Editor"

What do you like best?

VS Code is a great tool for Typescript and Angular 2+ projects. There are many plugins around this use case that can elevate VS Code to a true IDE.

What do you dislike?

VS Code is not as customizable as Atom or other lite editors. When using the built-in console (which is neat), there is an output section that can steal focus from the console, disrupting workflow. Minor thing, but a little annoying.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you just need a lite code editor, I'd actually recommend Atom. But if you're doing anything with Angular 2+, VS Code is the way to go.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

VS Code in combination with Typescript, allows us to develop frontend applications with features like middle clicking, code completion from Interfaces, refactorying, etc. It makes for cleaner code that's easier to debug. To be fair, Atom also has similar plugins for Typescript, but VS Code's plugins seem better.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>anthony r.</span>
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"Very good editor"

What do you like best?

This is a very good editor for code/general purpose, and has (almost) totally replaced notepad++/sublimeText/Atom for me. It feels lighter than Atom, while being easily extended anyway, is way faster to configure, and have quite good autocomplete out of the box. It also have a nice integrated debug tool, which is always nice to have, and is always evolving and listening to user's requests. It is known for its great typescript support, but I mainly used it for Python, Java, and other langages (not as much as these two), and it did not disappoint me.

What do you dislike?

There are still a few things that are not great. First of all, it's still heavy compared to "native" code editor (being based on electron, it's natural). It does not support opening large files, as opposed to sublime text or another big log explorer. Also, it is currently not possible (although planned) to open more than one project per window, which is sometime problematic when you're used to switching projects (there is however a shortcut to rapidly change project, but that still requires to change your habits)

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use a real IDE when possible, but you can use this as a replacement for other/older small code editors

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Developing small to medium sized modules out of a big project. It is also used as a general text/code editor for loose files. It allows us to have a good editor, also on par with bigger competitors, for small projects that are typically not compatible with our usual toolset.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Hailey M.</span>
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"Wait... this was made by Microsoft?"

What do you like best?

I'm lucky enough that my job lets me do a bit of coding even though I'm actually a designer. When I do, I use Visual Studio Code to do it. I love the Intellisense feature, which helps correct syntax mistakes and gives you info about common JavaScript functions and how to use them.

What do you dislike?

Really, I have no complaints about VS Code, which I can't believe I'm saying about a Microsoft product. People love to hate on MS, me included, but this really is a solid IDE.

Recommendations to others considering the product

VS Code is free, which is nice, but don't let the price tag fool you. This is a truly solid option.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Writing/editing source code... improves coding efficiency and integrates directly with Git. VS Code is awesome!

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Lisa (Yu-Chih) H.</span>
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"Excellent text editor for Front-end dev"

What do you like best?

VS Code team is on fire! They regularly release new features, the latest inline Git review is great! I've been experimenting with collaborative editing & debugging with remote teammates and it's worked like a dream.

What do you dislike?

Nothing so far, VS Code fits into my workflow smoothly. For power users who like to config and customize Code, there's so much more to dig into! The only downside can be the rapid pace new features are released - so much to learn...!

Recommendations to others considering the product

Once you give Code a try, you'll be hooked! Especially if your team is integrating Typescript into your codebase.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Developers are opinionated and passionate about the text editors they use - Code is fast becoming the top choice! I'm more productive with Code, and enjoys learning about new features every 2-3 weeks.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Diego B.</span>
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"The best editor for Front-End developers "

What do you like best?

Of the different editors that I have used throughout my career this has become my favorite, it is a free and multiplatform editor, supporting us in extensions can be used with multiple programming languages, It has an advanced code debugger that It allows to know all the problems and errors in real time, helping us to identify these problems and solve them, one of the features that I like the most is that it has an intelisense technology that allows us to intelligently complete the code, as if it were an IDE. , is also integrated with GIT and has its own terminal which allows us to accelerate our work, it is also highly configurable through files in Json.

What do you dislike?

it works just as I like it, it has a high learning curve to learn how to configure it and to learn how to use the debugger

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

allows to greatly improve the workflow especially in Front-end developments by the combination of tools that has

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Matthew H.</span>
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"My favorite development tool"

What do you like best?

Price is great along with the large community of plugins. Have been able to find the right plugin for every project i , no longer need to have multiple other editors for each part of a solution

What do you dislike?

Have had some performance and battery draining issues issues with newer release and am still debugging the issues. Finding features and new plugins is not the easiest, product needs better promotion.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The community of plugins is great and expanding every day

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Have been using it on many projects from nodejs, Salesforce and go software development. It allows me to easily start new projects using multiple technologies in a single product. Integrated terminal is the best feature and clans up multiple windows and context switching between editors and terminals.

Visual Studio Code review by User in Research
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"Charming Code Editing Experience"

What do you like best?

Codelens, Fuzzy finder, Shortcuts, Built-In Git client, Extensions and Themes, VIM Extensions which is, oh man I love this pairing <3. Fantastic for Unity/C# and Golang. I really have to say that I've been using nothing but Visual Studio code from it's first release for cross platform high speed development with my laptop as a low speed machine constraint, it really helps me in every way I desire and plus I really like Nord theme for it that I've been using for like 3 weeks and I'm in love. Can't believe me just try, VS Code, Vim Extensions, Nord theme. There's no going back for me, at least I don't really know what to use other than that.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes omnisharp refuses to select project on Unity while using C#/Mono, thus making codelens, references and autocompletions unavailable. Also the fact that I can't fold #region #endregion regions of code for c# kind of makes me sad, coming from Visual Studio I really liked the way I used to fold C# regions. That might be coming soon in next releases though.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are coding in a language that is supported by Visual Studio Code go for it and use it! I totally recommend with my honesty and experience.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using it for mainstream daily coding activities for various game and software projects of mine.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Beniamin E.</span>
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"LIghtweight & easy to use. But there's place for improvements"

What do you like best?

I used VS Code on a daily basis for 2 months. Compared to what I used before (Visual Studio) I like that VS Code feels lightweight and fast. Also once you learn the shortcuts it is really easy to navigate between files and edit them.

What do you dislike?

The VS Code git tool does feel easy to use compare to what Visual Studio provided.

There could be some improvements on the 'Search in files' option as well, like being able to drag & drop a file into the 'files to include' / 'files to exclude' input.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend VS code to others. However I haven't really used other SDKs other than Visual Studio, so it's hard to compare it with the competition.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We used VSCode to rewrite an application from AngularJS to Angular.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Ramón Giovanny C.</span>
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"Excellent code editor for web development"

What do you like best?

Easy use good performance, quite fast and very intuitive, excellent integration with Git and are always in constant update easy learning curve and excellent user interface and experience

What do you dislike?

the integration with emmet in some occasions usually fails to autocomplete, and in some cases some plugins fail, some additional elements are missing for Git

Recommendations to others considering the product

It comes with all the necessary elements to develop already integrated, integrates comfortably with version control systems, has things to improve in terms of integration with emmet and autocomplete path.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In classes we have managed to improve the user experience, it becomes easier and faster for students to install plugins to perform debug and many things that are improved compared to other editors, it is much more stable and efficient than sublime text.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>James K.</span>
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"Great cross OS IDE option for MS Shops"

What do you like best?

Coming from a mac word and joining a MS shop everything & everyone was Visual Studio based. I needed a tool that my team would adopt for smaller projects that didn't make them feel they were turning there backs on VS. VS code is perfect for this and in the past year the extensions eco system has made this my go to pool on both Windows & Mac. I love that is has just enough of the VS features but nothing is forced like projects, config files, solutions files etc.

What do you dislike?

I think the git ui could use a little bit of love. For example I can collapse folders of changed files.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give it a try you have nothing to loose

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Simple cross OS idea that allow me to manage/share simple projects with my tea.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>alfredo p.</span>
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"Best open source code editor"

What do you like best?

The best thing is, it is free open source editor, can run on windows, linux and mac, very light editor but so powerful, support many programing language as, C/C++/C#, JavaScript, PHP, Json, Python, Lua and more, very customizable text colors, backgrounds, panels you can setup your own enviroment as you wish, the debugging tool is amazing, you can do it step by step, is very simple to import/export github codes. also there are extensions which can be use to make the editor even more powerful.

What do you dislike?

There is nothing bad about visual studio code, i think microsoft did a wonderful work, and the community just follow them.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is that tool which any programer will need, because you can have always it with you, is very powerful, if you need more than one ide or editor, this is the app what you need, i recommend to use the extensions, will make the work even more easier, there are many shortcuts, that help to write code faster, and are very easy to learn.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm full stack web developer/software developer, with visual studio code, i only need one code editor, which can meet all my requeriments, so i don't have to have many editors, is very light i have it on my laptop, and tablet, it runs everywhere.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Angelo R.</span>
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"An IDE in disguise"

What do you like best?

Been using Visual Studio Code for a year now and I must say that it really blurs the line between a text editor and a full-fledged IDE. Git integration and IntelliSense are its strong points. I came from other text editors like Notepad++ and Sublime Text and when I tried Visual Studio Code I never had a thought of going switching back.

What do you dislike?

Long startup time is what I dislike about this product. I think it loads a lot that takes it some time to startup.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I really recommend this product. Install extensions and its like you already have an IDE.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm a web developer and programming is my main business. I use it mainly on mostly on writing programs in JavaScript and it gets the job done. It also helps me a lot by figuring out something I forgot. I just type in some keys I remember and IntelliSense gives me suggestions based on my input.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Patrick C.</span>
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"Perfect for jumping into a file"

What do you like best?

This is absolutely what I use to get into a file quickly and make my changes. The code completion, multi-edit, and syntax highlighting is all very helpful to find my place. The plugins are useful, but not complete enough to make it standalone. Also, free is good.

What do you dislike?

The plugins can be finicky. It struggles to preview some web applications accurately. I had to play with the layout a lot to get something that didn't feel cramped.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is a great part of the solution for your software. If you love it, you can make Microsoft happy and buy the full Visual Studio, but I found Open Source filled the gaps well enough.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Troubleshooting, bug fixes, and quick edits to existing code.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Asif K.</span>
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"Web Design"

What do you like best?

I liked the ease of coding and used it in the creation of my own website.

What do you dislike?

I disliked the lack of features found in Visual Studio.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Learn different programming Languages. JavaScript can find/add/delete elements in DOM. Can react to mouse clicks, page reload, and other actions. DOM includes one parent and possibly several children, and Application Programming Interface can work so someone else writes code and you can use it to interact with their program. API is the way you interact regardless of code. This is worthwhile in creating responsive webpages to heighten customer interactions.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

simple Web page that includes the Bootstrap framework. It doesn't really use any classes from the framework and only includes a small amount of content. However, it does have the necessary links to the Bootstrap style sheets and scripts already included. Use this a starting page for exploring Bootstrap.

I used a Theme Downloaded from “BootSwatch” called “Journal” for Bootstrap 3.3.7 (https://bootswatch.com/3/journal/). The 6 Files downloaded were “Boostrap.css”, “Bootstrap.min.css”, “_variables.scss”, “_bootswatch.scss”, “bootswatch.less”, “variables.less”.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Ermand D.</span>
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"Really great text editor"

What do you like best?

Since 6 months I use it as my main IDE and I couldn't be happier.

What do you dislike?

It doesn't handle it very well large files.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are working with Javascript, it is a must :) Start using it and I am sure you'll fall in love it with. It has great features and debugging for JS and PHP.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am using it as my main IDE for coding so all the features for our projects are being implemented by code with it. I found my self to be more productive while using it since it works great with Vue.js, which is one of the main frameworks that we have been using lately.

Visual Studio Code review by User
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"A fast and flexible Text Editor"

What do you like best?

I love that Visual Studio Code is free, fast and very powerful. Microsoft have done a great job of creating a solid text editor in which I can be super productive. The embedded terminals and debugging features make it so easy to be kicking off tools and debugging your code without switching context.

What do you dislike?

Very little in all honesty. I know some people say it's slow, but it really isn't for the average web developer. I think if you're editing huge files then it may be slow, but it's not really designed for continually editing large files like that.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I'd highly recommend VS Code if you're looking for a solid, robust Text Editor.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We write all our code in Visual Studio Code now. We build on Salesforce and they've released a number of plugins to make code validation/formatting easier on the platform.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Soma G.</span>
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"Best Editor for front end applications"

What do you like best?

This editor is the best thing for mostly the front end development. It has many best features like debugging, side by side editing, Intellisense code completion, language support etc. It is easy to download and install. The syntax highlighting helps a lot in coding. Command palette is one of the most powerful utilities of this Editor. I have installed this for developing the angular 4 projects, which becomes more ease to code.

What do you dislike?

There are no problems facing with this editor. I think execution should be simpler in this editor.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You have to give some time to get understand to the editor, so that it makes things easier. I would strongly to recommend to my colleagues and the freshers, as it has got many best features. The intellisense coding helps a beginner a lot. You can use the Command Line Interface (CLI) to customize the editor. Many plugins are available.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Previously, I was using the sublime text and some another IDE's for coding. But now, I feel like this is the best editor when compared to the other IDE's. The auto complete option helps to avoid making the errors. You can get information related to the line of code, when the cursor is placed on the function or line, which gives all the details and information about the function. It provides folder structure for all the projects which is the great thing to look over the project files.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Eric H.</span>
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"VS Code and DotNet Core"

What do you like best?

VS Code is an ideal platform for developing DotNet Core solutions. Code is lightweight enough to load quickly, for simple edits, but the rich plugin support provides easy access to intellisense for almost any segment of the process from: DotNet Core; HTML; Nuget Package; JSON; and more. I had not trouble incorporating build automation processes like Gulp and WebPack, - and Git is of course a first level integration.

What do you dislike?

Deep debugging processes are still better done in Visual Studio, where Live Debugging can provide much more detailed information about the processes being debugged. But VS Code is still more than adequate when debugging during the creation process.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Install it - it is free. Community support is well established.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Developing DotNet Core and Azure based solutions.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Sona P.</span>
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"Great for all operating systems, with the ability to write source code."

What do you like best?

I like that you can highlight sections of code, the code output is colorful and categorizes different elements to be the same colors. I also like that it has code completion and system debugging is made easy.

What do you dislike?

I do not like that it does not have a previewer integrated into it and that compiling code takes more time than it should.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need software to write source code and share the code with others, Visual Studio Code will do that for you. It will also help you with its intelligent code writing abilities and its ability to categorize data elements together.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The business problems that are solved using Visual Studio Code are code writing and sharing when building websites, web applications, and mobile applications.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Glenn J.</span>
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"This is a very good open source implementation of Visual Studio"

What do you like best?

I have been using Visual Studio Since version 1.0 and am very used to how things work. When I tried Visual Studio Code and found that most of the standard key strokes still work. This means I don't have to learn (and be confused by) any new methods of developing software.

What do you dislike?

The look and feel of the product could be closer to the paid version of Visual Studio.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need to write your software in Golang, where on Windows, Linux or Mac OS, this the IDE for you to use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am working on some Golang software and this give me what I need to, in an environment I understand, to perform this work.

Visual Studio Code review by Industry Analyst / Tech Writer
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"Visual Studio code !! Best lightweight IDE"

What do you like best?

Support for many languages that are new in the business like solidity. Also in built support for Javascript and other languages is there. Automatic code generation is also great. Since it is available for free, this product is totally worth it.

What do you dislike?

You have to download plugins everytime you want to code for a different language if it is not the native language. Also support for C/C++ is not there, you will need visual studio for that.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Pretty Good Software, you can use it for coding in various languages. Also, it is much lighter software, which makes it more faster and efficient. And it is available for free so you do not need to pay before using its services.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It helps in writing code for development. It provides various features of code generation, debugging etc. It is one software that helps you write code in various languages.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Joshua C.</span>
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"Visual Studio Code can help web developers who get used to c#"

What do you like best?

The most I like in this application is very easy to use and it's very user-friendly. Even friendly to your computer cause it requires a bit of your memory. It's like coding in ASP.NET MVC style. And one good thing is that it's a free source application from visual studio.

What do you dislike?

The downside of this application is the intellisense is not much. It has a little bit complicated keyboard shortcuts.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend using Visual Studio Code to those developers like me who are using windows application. It's very easy and user-friendly.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It can provide convenience to the web software developers a stress-free web editing tool. Especially to those who are getting used of windows application.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Mehmet S.</span>
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"Fast, familiar and extensible"

What do you like best?

There are countless extensions that allows you to turn VS Code into a your own swiss army knife. Better yet, these extensions are open-source and there is an amazing community which is there to support you.

The editor supports several programming languages and version control systems, most of them are built-in, and for the specific needs there's almost always an extension ready.

Whether you're developing a web application, a server, or something utterly different, VS Code provides you a robust, fully customisable development experience.

What do you dislike?

VS Code is young and evolving. As far as my experience with it goes, I've noticed sometimes the editor can stutter a little bit, losing the intellisense capability, slowing down on exhausting operations like find references through massive libraries.

This most likely has to do with the extensions installed on top of the core editor, and the core functionality is always fine; however too much extensions can harm your experience by slowing you down or requiring a restart to the editor.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Find the best set of extensions suitable for your purpose, refine them and use only the necessary extensions, and not more.

Here's the list of extensions I'm currently using for the web application I'm working on. I use Typescript, React, Redux and Git as VCS.

Utility extensions:

* beautify - Code beautifier

* Insert GUID

* Regex Previewer

Source Control:

* CodeMetrics

* Git History

* GitLens

* BetterMerge

Language Specific:

* markdownlint

* React Standard Style code snippets

* Typescript React/Redux Snippets

* TSLint

Other:

* npm

* PowerShell

* Visual Studio Keymap

* vscode-icons

* Debugger for Chrome

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

VS Code (with some extensions) enables me to function properly at my job, avoid mistakes, be productive and produce valuable output.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Catalin D.</span>
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"Lightweight solution for writing code"

What do you like best?

VS Code is very easy to use and straight forward. I use it for web applications in a small team and I had a good experience with it, never crashed and the loading time is excelent.

Also I tried a few of the available extensions and I’m pleased with the usage scenarios that they cover.

What do you dislike?

The debugging features are not that great. But maybe I don’t have enough experience with the product. One thing that keeps happening is the debugger detaching when I refresh the browser.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Visual Studio Code to write web applications with Angular and NodeJS for internal usage in the company.

VS Code is a lightweight alternative to VS, fast and with enough features.

Visual Studio Code review by User in Computer Games
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"By Far the Best Light-weight Web Dev Code Editor"

What do you like best?

I've been doing web development for 10+ years and have tried many great text editors, and none of them can hold a candle to the speed and efficiency of Visual Studio Code. Don't let the name full you, this editor was built from the ground up with Electron as a foundation, and unlike other Electron editors it doesn't suffer from the same performance issues and clunkyness as it is both backed by Microsoft and open source. It's a got an extremely robust plugin ecosystem, can handle seemingly unlimited sized code bases, and has very snappy code intelligence operations to keep you working at maximum pace. It is clearly a "web-dev-first" editor with its strongest points in JavaScript/Node.js, CSS, and HTML editing. However thanks to plugins it can handle just about any language you can throw at it.

P.S. I've used many editors in the past such as Notepad++, Sublime Text 2/3, WebStorm, KomodoEdit, and Atom. The closest IDE in terms of code-intelligence capability I would say is WebStorm, although Visual Studio Code is far more performant when working on a large project with hundreds and thousands of lines of code. An IDE that is the most similar in overall features and customization would be Atom, however Atom just simply can't handle large enterprise projects without crashing.

What do you dislike?

The only dislikes I have are how tab/window management works and the lack of a settings UI. In the editor you have your list of open files in a panel on the left, as well as tabs on the right which feels a bit redundant. As far as the menu goes, the basic menu options are in the top of the native window menu bar, but most of the important features require you to navigate via keyboard shortcuts, editing settings files, or using small command window that pops-up (similar to Sublime Text and its lack of menus).

Recommendations to others considering the product

Atom lovers will find it very familiar but with far greater stability. Don't get this confused with the normal Visual Studio Ecosystem, this is an entirely different software that is built for JavaScript-first development. Anyone moving on from ES5 to ES6 and/or TypeScript should try it out for a week an experience the difference for yourselves.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This solves the issue of needing a heavily supported code editor that won't fail on large projects. I have had issues in the past with editors such as Atom or Komodo Edit being unable to even load my projects due to file sizes, and WebStorm just doesn't perform nearly as well. I benefit immensely from Visual Studio Code by not losing valuable productivity fighting with the editor.

Visual Studio Code review by User in Computer Software
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"A solid code editor entry with a few shortcomings."

What do you like best?

The modern design and customizable nature of Visual Studio Code has been enjoyable. The performance of the application itself has also been very good in comparison to other editors in this arena such as Atom. With just a few more tweaks to the overall user experience and feature-set Visual Studio Code has the potential to become my goto code editor for web development.

What do you dislike?

Application settings management leaves a lot to be desired. I would like to see a GUI wrapper around configuration, much the way Atom has done, with the ability to hand-tweak those configurations only when I wish to edit at a lower level.

I also sorely miss having minimap available to me (similar to what SublimeText and Atom have available). Even if it were just available as a supported plugin from MS I would be happy since this request could be considered very subjective in value. However, when researching where to find such a feature it appears to be a very popular request so I hope it will be added.

Another request is to have webpack and webpack-dev-server supported better out of the box. Webpack-dev-server in particular seems to have issues in debug mode, especially when running on Windows.

Finally, when configuring tasks, a major frustration is having only one root command, requiring building some complicated configurations and custom scripts to make this work as desired. It would be great to define a default root command, but then have the ability to overwrite this command on a per-task basis.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Though Visual Studio Code is the new kid on the block and is built largely on Electron (the same backend as Atom), it has etched out it's own path to ease the pains of web development. It does have a little ways to catch up to the features of Atom, so if the points made in this review are not important to you, Atom is still worth a look, at least for now. I is clear the Microsoft is invested in the success of this product and the already booming third party extension/plugin ecosystem has ensured it won't be long until there is feature parity with the competition.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are producing a standardized toolchain for web development. We have been largely successful in being able to standardize on Visual Studio Code to ensure any consultant or team member can collaborate freely within this in-house standardization. Online tutorials (videos, documentation etc) are very well put together making the learning curve very small. It has taken the place of several tools due to it's cross platform nature. this allows us, again, to standardize on one toolchain including coding standards via linters etc.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Arpit C.</span>
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"Best editor for web development"

What do you like best?

Visual Studio Code has an elegant and snappy UI, even though it's based off of Electron, which is usually considered slow. It's way faster than another Electron-based editor Atom. It is customizable to a large extent and has a vibrant marketplace for third-party extensions, which provide features like themes, support for various languages and frameworks, autocompletion, Git integration and so on. If this weren't enough, the editor remains in active development, with new features released every few months!

What do you dislike?

Since it's based off of Electron, it's not as efficient or fast as a native editor like Sublime Text. If you want to open a really large text file, it performs noticeably worse than Sublime Text. Also, support for frameworks or libraries like Angular and React is provided by third-party extensions, instead of being built-in.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Ensure that the language/framework you are working on is well supported on Code. Keep in mind that Code is an editor and not an IDE.

Other editors/IDEs to compare it with are Atom, Sublime Text, Eclipse etc.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Visual Studio Code to develop backend applications in Ruby on Rails, and frontend applications in Angular. The amount of support that is available for these languages/frameworks (autocomplete, snippets, running tests) makes development easy.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Kaylee C.</span>
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"How I Bring Home the Bacon..."

What do you like best?

I spend about 50% of my day in Visual Studio Code... and in general it makes that time pretty pleasant. The extensions are top-notch and easy to handle, the integrated terminal is nice, and I really enjoy intelisense. All of these make it a solid choice for your day-to-day coding needs.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes VS code freaks out on very large (multi-megabyte) files... crashes and needs to be completely restarted. This is the most aggravating thing ever, because it means I occasionally lose some work. Still, this is pretty rare.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Editing code, checking in code to git, running code, compiling code... you know... developer stuff.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Herald Chris V.</span>
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"Awesome light weight IDE"

What do you like best?

IDE is very light weight and allows a lot of customization to let you set it up as you wish

What do you dislike?

Not much to dislike, it would be great if there was a better way to open another project in a new window other than opening a new window then selecting the new project. Currently when trying to open another project it take place your current project on the window.

Recommendations to others considering the product

after downloading take a good amount of time setting up custom shortcuts and browsing the available extensions so that the IDE can do everything you need it to do easily

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Quick development by having your workspace set up how you see fit.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Naser A.</span>
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"Source code editor for front-end development"

What do you like best?

I like the simplicity, speed, themes, plugins, code refactoring ability, debugging, shortcuts for keyboards, syntax highlighting and many more. I like Visual Code since it is fast and gives me rich development features similar to full scale IDE. The main features that make Visual Code to stand out is the sidebar that provides the core features I'll be interacting with and refactoring techniques. Also, everything else you need is an extension/plugins that you can install immediately. There is a built in for Git for my common commands which makes it easy to instantly see the changes in the project. I'm able to work with a full featured integrated terminal that allows me to run everything I normally do for running a project. The ES6 (new JavaScript) development with many of snippets of ECMAScript 6 is fantastic. What I can say more that this nice code editor is available on Mac OS, Linux, Windows.

What do you dislike?

Well, if you had asked me this question a year ago then I could say something. I have been using it every day, and the VS Code team have implemented all the options that developers have asked for quickly. Thanks

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is a great IDE tool for web development with rich plugins that make it very pleasant to develop codes. I have used various code editors and VS Code is the one that provides me with my major common tasks. I'm happy with it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have been using VS Code in the front-end web development in the enterprise projects.

Here are some of the benefits:

1- easily move my project codes between Mac OS and MS Windows.

2- support for JavaScript, HTML5, CSS3, TypeScript, PHP, iOS Swift, LESS and SASS.

3- side by side editing feature helps me a lot.

4- debugging tool is very helpful.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Keith G.</span>
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"A great cross-platform source editor with tons of features"

What do you like best?

Visual Studio Code uses many different bits and pieces of the traditional Visual Studio to make it a superb experience compared to Sublime Text. It also runs everywhere that I need it to run, so I can have the same editor configuration on all of my devices.

What do you dislike?

Earlier versions of VS Code had poor/no extension support, but this is gradually improving. It is also kind of hard to add support for IntelliSense-type autocompletion to a non-first-party language. All in all, it's a performant editor that stays out of your way except for when you need it to do stuff.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Learn how to get the most from VS Code's project-specific settings. Unlearn some Sublime Text key combinations that don't work exactly the same.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I switched to VS Code full time on a whim, spent a little while configuring it to my liking, and have had no reason to switch back to Sublime Text. I use Visual Studio Code every day and thoroughly enjoy using it, even though I don't typically use languages with built-in linting or IntelliSense. When I do use languages with those features, it's a much better experience than any other source editor that I've used.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>santosh d.</span>
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"Best editor for scripting "

What do you like best?

Works on Mac, Linux and windows. Completely Free and open source. Integrated Git helps to maintain code version controlling. Supports huge plugins and extensions eventually supports all languages. Updates help to improve the product. look and feel is so awesome. easy to use controls. Integration with servers to develop project on Node.js , python and deploy easily.

What do you dislike?

As it is Json based, some learning is required to change the settings.Integrated console gets unknown errors some times. Adding remote repositories through integrated git is not possible.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Strongly recommended to a API developer and scripting.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use visual studio code to build API's using server-less framework and python scripting. developing code, testing and deployment is very easy. Interesting thing same code can be re deployed as production environment. Source version controlling is very helpful to share the code between colleges.

Visual Studio Code review by User in Computer Software
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"An easy to use option for infrequent coders!"

What do you like best?

I like that it has a bank of general code you'd write for say CSS that as you begin to write out your code it adds suggestions as to what properties you may be looking to add. As someone who has really began to code more frequently in recent years, this is a great tool. I also like the number of available formats you can write in such as SCSS, CSHTML, etc.

What do you dislike?

The only think I have found to dislike is the learning curve of some of the additional features. Since I have been self teaching myself the tool, it requires more time and research to discover additional options that can assist me.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are looking for a coding platform that allows you to work in multiple coding languages and you may also not be that savvy of a coder, this is a great tool to get your foot in the door of development.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am using Visual Studio Code to write SCSS and CSHTML files to assist our Development team with look and feel of applications we create. The benefits for me in using Visual Studio Code is the time it saves me when coding. It also helps me keep up in a Windows environment when I am working on a MacBook Pro.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Vivian L.</span>
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"one of the best IDEs for designer-coder types"

What do you like best?

VSC was the best development environment I've ever used as a designer-coder hybrid. I love that it combines terminal, folder structure, and the coding environment all together. It also has wonderful inbuilt git management tools that work seamlessly with Github so I can accomplish everything in one place. VSC is so powerful, and covers all needs for the front-end developer.

What do you dislike?

The learning curve can be a little steep, but that's what you get for most sophisticated tools. The best way to learn is to ask someone who already knows the ropes. Sometimes using VSC's inbuilt buttons to fix and commit conflicts in git got confusing, so I resorted to terminal commands for those situations.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're tired of switching tabs while coding and going nuts, THIS IS THE PRODUCT FOR YOU! It's by far one of the best-designed IDEs I have used, because the way it's organized is natural and straightforward.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I was building the company's web product with VSC, which helped my coworkers and I operate more efficiently since we only had one spot to refer to for writing code, testing, and pushing to our repo.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Omar Antonio C.</span>
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"Best software for Development"

What do you like best?

What I like best is the git features like tracking changes, conflicts and status of files. Also, I like that they update and fix the software continuously so it gets better and better. The new features are helpful and great.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that the search doesn't include spaces like Sublime Text. But what i dislike the most is that sometimes the node modules files do not update correctly, I have to re-open the software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Sometimes node_modules files do not update correctly. A cool feature (don't know if implemented) is to allow to change the background of different views. That could be helpful to visually differentiate a project from another.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I was looking for a customizable and light software. Also, the lint plugin is helpful to maintain a clean and standardized code.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Guillermo G.</span>
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"Code editor on steroids"

What do you like best?

Just another code editor? I don't think so. With features inherited from its big brother Visual Studio such as Intellisense and debugging options, it doesn't disappoints, and even poses a challenge to the likes of Sublime. It loads fast and has a variety of extensions to choose from, so you can personalize it to suit your specific needs and workflow. The integrated console is very good. The git integration is also a nice addition.

What do you dislike?

Seems optimized for the more popular languages, and the likes of python and other less used ones seem to lack in the features department like code introspection. Anyway, this can be taken care of with extensions. Also a little bit slow for a text editor. Configuration through json files is not the most user friendly option. Git features could be more comprehensive.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you come from other editors, just give it a try and see if you like it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Code editor for software development: web, python. I have benefited from code editing and development features that ease/speed up the work.

Visual Studio Code review by User in Computer Software
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"A Stable IDE to develop code in"

What do you like best?

Visual Studio Code is a very stable IDE which is really good in terms of the functionality that is offered just out of the box. In addition to that, there are plenty of add-ons/packages that are available which enhances the usability of the product. It is a well thought out tool which is free, and would highly recommend this IDE.

What do you dislike?

Nothing in particular. I'm overall happy about using Visual Studio Code and would recommend the product to anyone interested in using the product.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a very good tool and on par with the paid softwares such as Sublime Text. Would highly recommend it for developing application based on Javascript, Python and Php , and any popular language.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am Mac user and was familiar with sublime text since that was the tool our team was using to develop XQuery based applications. I wanted to develop a php desktop application in Windows since the phpdesktop application was not available for Mac. I tried using Visual Studio Code for this and it provided ample support for PHP, and was really useful for developing my custom php application which was expected to run as a stand alone desktop application instead of running it on a web server in cloud. I am also evaluating it as a python editor in addition to my current usage of Sublime Text.

Visual Studio Code review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Lightweight and fast"

What do you like best?

Visual Studio Code is my favorite text editor for web development. The user interface is simple, yet powerful. My favorite feature is having the embedded terminal which allows me to easily run scripts from the text editor.

What do you dislike?

My one complaint about Visual Studio would be that you can't easily pull tabs into separate windows. This makes it difficult if you want to work on two files at the same time.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use it for web development projects. If you are having issues with memory consumption with other IDE's then you should consider switching over to Visual Studio Code. One example would be if you are currently using Visual Studio to do web development and are also using let's say, Grunt, to manage your build scripts. Visual Studio takes up a ton of memory and having Grunt run in the background will pull your system to a crawl. If you are looking for a light weight text editor that is still packed with features, go with Visual Studio Code. VS Code also has a nice little embedded terminal so you can run your build scripts without ever having to leave the current window you are working in.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Visual Studio Code consumes a low amount of memory. At work we have had problems with project load times and the freezing of the project altogether. Using visual studio code, we are able to modify files without worrying about our computer slowing to a crawl. It has greatly increased our dev time.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Justin C.</span>
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"Plesent experience for a free product"

What do you like best?

It is probably the best free text editor on the market. It reminds me a lot of sublime text but isn't nearly as nice. But it is free. Every update is getting better and better and as the community grows the plugins get better as well.

What do you dislike?

It is still new so some features I want from competitors are still missing. Some features, like the ability to work in multiple spots, just do not work as well as their competitors.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Powerful and free. Give it a go

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is a light weight very powerful tool user to get the job done fast.

Visual Studio Code review by Agency in Banking
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"My favorite editor; an unbeatable value"

What do you like best?

I've bounced around with a number of editors but have recently landed on VS Code and plan to stay. As a free download, the value is incredible and the program itself is super lightweight. The UI is really clean and easy to navigate with the eyes.

As far as features go, my favorites are the debugging, the Git integration, and the library of plugins. Git along with some plugins makes this a really powerful editor. Everything just runs together really well-- this is a slick, well put together editor.

What do you dislike?

The plugin library could be a little bit more full, and the UI can feel crowded at times. Some difficulty having multiple projects open at once.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The Git integration makes it easier than ever for our entire development team to work together on projects.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Harish G.</span>
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"A one stop editor for all languages."

What do you like best?

The simple UI, its ability to detect the language and auto highlight keywords. Inclusion of Git into it makes it even more easier to use. Lightweight and its ease of use makes it my best editor.

What do you dislike?

Lack of auto completion for languages. Lack of Code Folding. Sharing of the document for collaboration.

Recommendations to others considering the product

One of the best editors out there. Supports almost all of the languages. The themes are also too good. I would recommend using it for simple - medium usage. Its lack of autocompletion makes it a bit difficult to code into

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Designing web pages, writing scripts etc.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Tim H.</span>
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"A much simpler VS that honors the file system"

What do you like best?

VS Code is a much simpler version of Visual Studio that honors the file system as the single source of truth concerning files and folders, unlike Visual Studio. VS Code plays much better with front-end workflows that involve pre-processing with tools like Grunt or Gulp. It is my free editor of choice for working on Single Page Applications, or any javascript coding with languages like AngularJs or NodeJs.

What do you dislike?

I'd like to see VSCode mature in it's formatting and auto-indenting capabilities. In Visual Studio, there are a lot of really smart auto-indent features that you quickly realize are missing in VS Code.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try it out. It's free.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I write web applications. VS Code makes working with front-end code much more desirable than Visual Studio does. Visual Studio likes to own the file and folder structure, and second-guesses any changes that happen on the file system, often causing problems with source control or any workflow that involves adding, modifying, or deleting files outside of the IDE (e.g. any command-line-centric workflow). VS Code handles these workflows in a free package that is easy to get up and running just about anywhere.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Sean P.</span>
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"Fast, Powerful, Multi-Purpose"

What do you like best?

I love how all the critical features (searching entire folders, debugging, git actions/history) are all available and easy to access on the sidebar. I've had no problems opening large data files and the extension library allows me to work with nearly any programming language I encounter. One of the best features is the "command bar" that pops up when hitting F1 to expose settings and features of extensions you have installed.

Debugging is a lot more powerful than I had anticipated, especially with TypeScript. I was able to attach the debugger to an existing process and use a lot of familiar debugging tasks that I do in Visual Studio.

What do you dislike?

I would love the ability to have some kind of macro / record action that I've used in the past with Sublime Text and Notepad++ to perform certain text updates that aren't a simple "search and replace".

Working with the "multi-select" option when doing a batch search and replace can also be a little confusing at times compared to how I've done it in the past with Sublime Text.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Don't get too crazy on the plugins, as they can become unruly to manage later on or potentially cause conflicts with other plugins.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

For quick text editing, or for new projects using .Net Core or Nativescript I'm using Visual Studio Code as my primary code editor. I have also used it to load up various PHP projects for quick edits.

I've also started taking advantage of the "linting" extensions available to help clean up and verify my code files, most notable within PHP.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Filip G.</span>
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"Light version of Visual Studio (for light use)"

What do you like best?

It is perfect for a light-weight text/code editor, especially for editing HTML, CSS, JavaScript and the likes, though it goes without saying that the MS languages are supported as well. The Intellisense works quite nicely with the mentioned languages and not only for filling out the variables but it also contains code snippets, so for example, typing <im + double TAB in .html file the basic <img> properties are filled in or new + double TAB in .js file will create a snippet for an object. In addition, hovering over the text will display additional information about it, such as the type of a variable or property etc.

What do you dislike?

There's not much to dislike as it works fine as a lightweight version of Visual Studio. Of course, unlike it's big brother it doesn't have package manager (like NuGet), which would be nice to have when writing ASP.NET for example.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try and check for yourselves how quick and effective VS can be. It can load fast as well :)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I mainly use it for my own work which so far consisted of developing web pages and services required by my MSc Computer Science module projects. It is very beneficial for writing quick .html, .css and .js, since it is much faster than the full version of VS. In terms of solving actual business problems at work I still relly mostly on Visual Studio 2015.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Justin E.</span>
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"Overall VSCode has come a long way and I'm actively using it more and more throughout a typical day."

What do you like best?

I love the ability to debug end-to-end Javascript or even Typscript with the powerful toolset we're all very familiar with using as Visual Studio users. With each monthly release VSCode is becoming better and better, the subtle things are really coming along nicely. Right off the bat, debugging node.js is straight forward and simply brilliant.

What do you dislike?

While debugging end-to-end code is fantastic, the setup difficulties and headaches I had have been awfully time consuming and hell on earth in the mind's of most developers. It began with setting up Typescript, which isn't too bad provided you're using typings, but to debug it in a chrome browser took a couple more hours of setup/tinkering with the launch.json file to finally get it to work properly.. but oh man, once it's set up you're golden.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take the time to tailor VSCode with the settings you prefer or are used to in an IDE.. off the bat I think we can all agree VSCode is an eye sore and that can be easily changed with a custom theme/interface.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Being able to debug full stack Javascript with one very light IDE is super cool. I've replaced Atom as it was getting arguably 'clunkier' over time, or maybe that was my skewed opinion. But I saw the recent changes with VSCode and jumped on board a few months back, no regrets thus far.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Timothea B.</span>
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"The best code editor, hands down"

What do you like best?

At base, it handles multiple languages and git integration, and with extensions can handle just about anything you could need. The intellisense support isn't perfect, but it's far ahead of most of the competition.

What do you dislike?

I wish it was more customizable visually, and the code completion could use some work. The git integration is really nice, but missing a few ease-of-use features, and can't browse references as easily as I'd like.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Check out the extensions gallery, it can do much more than you might expect.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's quick and efficient, so it saves me a lot of time while coding. With the extensions gallery, it has become an indispensible tool for developing Django apps, Rails apps, Ren'Py games, and even C# desktop applications.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Daniel T.</span>
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"VSCode is a lightweight, fast and powerful text editor/IDE"

What do you like best?

The selection tools which make editing fast and easy. Things like expand selection, select all matching etc.

What do you dislike?

Some of the plugins eat a lot of CPU, you have to add them one at a time to make sure they are working correctly. Still I have been able to find good plugins for everything I need

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely happy with it so far

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I was using WebStorm and my subscription was ending. I had been having problems with the IDE constantly indexing all my files, even ones I told it not to and it was bogging down. VSCode starts and stays fast so I can get more done.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Jason R.</span>
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"I only use Visual Studio Code to develop my front-end software. It is the best editor I've found!"

What do you like best?

First, I like that it is a product from Microsoft that runs on my Mac. I use it solely for all of my front-end development of my Angular, JavaScript, and NodeJS projects.

What do you dislike?

Because it is a fairly new product, it still has occasional bugs, but it is updated frequently.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I highly recommend Visual Studio Code for an easier editor, especially if you are using a Mac. I also recommend it for all front-end development, since it is light-weight and has an extensive coverage of syntax, code completion, and extensions.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It allows me to be very proficient at developing my code for my current company. We have a mobile app written in Ionic and are rewriting an ASP.NET WebForms project in Angular 2. I use Visual Studio Code to develop against both of these projects. It is faster than Visual Studio 2015 and it runs on my Mac!

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Sunil D.</span>
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"Best lightweight IDE like editor"

What do you like best?

Code compilation, Plugins, Excellent Support from open community and Microsoft. Best for node js development. Chrome debugger support for progressive web apps. IntelliSense support. Autocompletion and code formatting.

What do you dislike?

The shell on window system doesn't integrate well. If bash on windows 10 can be integrated that will be awesome. And integrated debbugger should be able to use bash.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are using any text editor out their it is best of them , If you are using ides like webstorm it is very lightweight and you will have almost all the feature of ides in this editor. Its free and backed by microsoft. What else do we need .

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Free , Just enough features our developer will ever need. Build in VCS support and extensions for almost all popular framwork and compiler are available like angular , reactjs , chrome debugger , vuejs.

Visual Studio Code review by User in Higher Education
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"One of the nicest editors out there"

What do you like best?

Visual Studio Code is very lightweight and easy to use. Because it is based on the idea of extensions, it is very customizable and have a strong community behind.

What do you dislike?

There is not much to dislike. One of its main limitations is dealing with large files. This is not a problem for other editors such as sublime or BBEdit. However, I don't think this is the main focus of this software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Visual Studio Code is the perfect tool for dealing with projects spanning many different programming languages and environments.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it as my main IDE for developing python, C and web-based applications. The software is very versatile because of its extensions, so it can deal with many different languages and environments.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Christopher S.</span>
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"Virtual Studio Code: A revolution of centralization."

What do you like best?

I love how contained and feature rich VScode is. Instead of having multiple different programs open for web design, I can do 99% of it in app. It runs smoothly, it has a huge catalog of extensions, and it's free!

What do you dislike?

Editing some settings, like color themes, is almost impossible without extensive research into the token terminology. Also, it would be nice if there was automatic cloud backup of settings.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give it a try. It's a really great experience for coding. Make sure to look at the documentation to take advantage of all the fun features!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our team was using a wife variety of coding apps and git UIs, but we forced everyone to consolidate to vscode, and we're all in love with it!

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Vaidyanathan T.</span>
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"Great code editing experience"

What do you like best?

Better debugging capabilities. Feels lighter than Notepad++. Regular updates and changes to software helps in betterment. Easier to carry out code reviews. Lots of plugins available.Live unit testing has been a new added feature.

What do you dislike?

File search is slow. Launch time compared to its competitors like sublime is slower. Well it’s pretty cool they support Mono, but my testing intelligent and autocomplete are not supported.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Go for it as it cost effective and intelligent

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using Visual studio for debugging the code and doing code reviews. Its been a great benefit to us from code generation and debugging point of you. Easier to attach process that code runs and debug it.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>John Patrick S.</span>
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"Best IDE so far"

What do you like best?

Git integration, integrated terminal, faster than Atom, the community has written useful plugins though I try to use as minimum as I can. I have written most of what I like about Visual Studio Code in the section where I explained why I switched from Atom.

What do you dislike?

Visual Studio Code is configurable enough so that it doesn't really have much limitations.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's free. The only cost to pay is the learning curve, which is not as bad as learning command line interface based text editors such as Vim or Emacs. So if you're considering using Visual Studio Code, I do not see a lot of reasons to postpone it. Try it now!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I write code in it. I get paid to code. Businesses use my code to either increase their productivity or reduce their costs.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Petya B.</span>
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"My favorite IDE"

What do you like best?

It's so easy to get started with, wide range of packages and support for various programming languages. You can customize it to your own preferences and the user experience in general is great. It is constantly updated based on community feedback. They focus on improving the user flow and productivity in general.

What do you dislike?

Some of the packages are buggy and should be removed. Otherwise, I am supper satisfied with it and have nothing else in mind.

Recommendations to others considering the product

JavaScript, C#, PHP, Python, you name it, one editor for all.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I code with it every day do develop project I work on. I use it in my free time as well for personal projects, so basically all the time.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Gema Aji W.</span>
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"Impressive open-sorurce text editor for programmers"

What do you like best?

Visual Studio Code provides cross-platform experience with Easy-to-use interface, Syntax highlighting, lot's of programming language supported with Intellisense-like feature, great embedded GIT controls, snippets, code refactoring, built-in debugger, A great community support with lot's of plugins you could choose to customize the editor whatever you like.

What do you dislike?

It's somewhat heavy on Linux and not every distribution I tried is compatible with it. The program is based on Electron, while the decision made the software cross-platform, sometime it's slow and really need a performance optimization. Syntax highlighting while supported for most programming language, sometimes it's incomplete and need a third-party plugins to do the job.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you looking for a great text editor for your programming needs, it's a great choice. It's free and open-source so you could try it as you like.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Visual Studio code provides much more easier, helpful experience for programmers that live with their source code editor, with built-in debugging and even built-in GIT support. Visual Studio Code make a great choice for programmers and others alike, it's free and open-source with the community behind it building the program everyday make it the first choice for programmers for their text editor.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Rodrigo M.</span>
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"A lightweight editor familliar to Windows developers"

What do you like best?

The Visual Studio Code is a great lightweight editor, full of integrations and, the cherry of cake, is too familliar to Visual Studio IDE developers.

I currently developing with powershell for the first time, and the learing curve was almost ridiculous, I'm astonished with the quallity of this product, and it's free.

What do you dislike?

Visual Studio Code isn't the best lightweight editor avaliable, in my opinion, because isn't mature like a Sublime, or extremelly connected with community like Atom. I don't agree with the propose of be the best to all kind of situations and eviroments.

Recommendations to others considering the product

To the others users, think about your situation, If you are a Windows Developer, Visual Studio Code will be easily to setup and use. If you need integrate your code editor with powershell, don't even think twice, Visual Studio Code is the best.

I can't recommend the use in others OS, I'd never tried, but a friend use Visual Studio Code in Linux to develop with Node.js and he liked. Although he still using sublime, I don't know why...

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm developing a solution to manage releases cadidates ans stable versions of application develop by my company. It's not bussiness related, but still a very important process for our company to delivery great applications with high quallity and totally tracked by our system of issues tracking/ help desk system.

I'm using a plug-in to integrate Powershell with Visual Studio Code to automate a lot of manual work, including git integration and even generate data to the baseline (configuration manager).

Visual Studio Code review by User in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
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"Visual Studio Code is a great IDE and the best free option for C# development"

What do you like best?

Visual Studio is the best IDE when it comes to C# development which is to be expected as it was created by Microsoft for a Microsoft language. This is a smaller free version It makes it easy to use version control, install new extensions, and is cross platform.

What do you dislike?

Updates can be very annoying and time consuming as any Windows user has experienced. There could also be better support for coding languages that aren't controlled by Microsoft.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try the community edition as it is free. If you are planning on developing Microsoft technologies like C# then I highly recommend buying the professional version.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are developing C# applications using Azure servers for our back-end and Visual Studio Code really helps to streamline our workflow with all the different technologies.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Jamin R.</span>
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"Folder based IDE with extensive plugin community"

What do you like best?

It's a great text editor for most file types. It allows you to edit HTML/JS/TS/CSS/etc... with intellisense and syntax highlighting. The plugins are extensive. I just found that I'm able to edit markdown files with formatting from within VS Code. The text editor is really easy to see and formats code really well.

What do you dislike?

It's not Visual Studio. Many of the tools and integrated things like unit testing is not built into code. Some features have plugins that make it easier. I do think this is the future of development, but we have a ways to go still.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The folder based approach is great for web projects. The Visual Studio web projects are in need of an update.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Lighter weight coding experience when Visual Studio is just overkill. We generally use code for web development and Visual Studio for backend, C# development.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>daniel b.</span>
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"The best text editor for coding"

What do you like best?

Visual Studio Code is part of a workflow style that values editor speed over the rest features. Many of the things that you’d normally expect an IDE to handle are offloaded to task runners and other node packages. For example, VS Code doesn’t have any templates built-in. But can always solve with Yeoman, it's just a different approach that might be very efficient.

It's just super fast and optimized for search on huge projects, it's really really great for searching is the fast i know.

The main features are

- Native support for Git: just open any repo without complex config,

- Lightweight ans superfast!

- Support for Emmet abbreviations, for super-fast HTML, JavaScript, and CSS coding.

- Keyboard friendly

What do you dislike?

- Debug is limited compared to a full IDE

- No templates built in, may be with a 3rd party plugin

- No support for older versions of ASP.NET. This may worry a .NET developer

- Workflow relies heavily on comfort with the command line.

- it doesn't have object browser (it's a bit limited compared with his full IDE parent)

Recommendations to others considering the product

You have the redmon giant (Microsoft) behind this project, that's a lot of support for free which ensures you that this project will be available and up to date for at least 10+ years, it's a must try solution that just fullfills all of your needs, so, if you’re a Mac or Linux or cross-platform developer who works on ASP.NET code, it’s worth giving Visual Studio Code a try. The best of all? It's still in his early days, so, the sky is the limit for this great software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Visual Studio Code offers a really different approach to development than the one I’ve been accustomed to over the years. As such, it also offers me the opportunity to take a look at new ways of approaching familiar problems.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Martin D.</span>
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"Very complete and extensible"

What do you like best?

The user interface is very similar to the actual visual studio one, so if you have used visual studio before, it would be very easy to start with this one, there is a good amount of packages to extend its functionality and it is being updated quite regularly.

What do you dislike?

Some problems with extensions that I didn't event know I had, but it is not a big deal and most probably a fault of the extension itself.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take a look at the extensions and check the release notes as Visual Studio Code is updated very often with cool features.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am using Visual Studio Code for Software development and as bennefits I see the amount of very good extensions, that it is free, open source and cross platform.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Tyler S.</span>
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"Fast performance with great intelligence for Javascript"

What do you like best?

I enjoy using Visual Studio code to work with JavaScript files and also file editing from a folder. I also love being able to quickly open the command prompt.

What do you dislike?

The process to adding build scripts is a bit intensive and would enjoy a bit more streamlined. I also wish there was more plugins that I use in other parts of visual studio.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure that you look at all the hotkeys to get the best experience out of the tool.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have found it to be much faster and loading my folders than using Visual Studio 2017. I also like the functionality better than the plugins in the Notepad++.

Visual Studio Code review by User in Computer Software
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"VS Code is an amazing text editor for your development needs"

What do you like best?

- Highly customizable (if you need something, there is an extension for it)

- Constant support by Microsoft, knowing that MS is backing the editor with monthly updates and fixes makes me more comfortable of the fact that I can use VSCode within my production tooling

- Themes!!! I can make VSCode look and feel exactly how I want

- Simplicity, it is super easy to use and very quick to pick up (the search functionality for commands and files is super awesome)

What do you dislike?

- I wish there was a way to save different configuration for different workflow (i.e. on for web development, one for python) so that I don't have to setup my work environment when I want to switch to a new project within the same stack

- Every couple of months, VSCode will just completely bring my system to a halt, and I'll have to relaunch it to make everything go back to normal (I also never close VSCode and always have it running)

Recommendations to others considering the product

It may take some time to setup (~1hr), but once you do, it is amazing

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

- Makes development life so much easier

- Super easy to move machines and migrate extensions, keybindings, themes, etc (I just throw them up in a git repo)

- Lightweight requirements on my machines

Visual Studio Code review by <span>hussain S.</span>
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"great job, I love using it"

What do you like best?

first of all, it's very easy to install and time-saving, it is very lightweight and free to use, supported on Linux and windows as well. I am completing most of my .net projects using visual studio code.

What do you dislike?

honestly, I don't think there is anything about this software I personally dislike. I believe, it has everything I need.

Recommendations to others considering the product

smart choice.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

it has a vast range of extensions to use, It also comes with the git integrated.

Visual Studio Code review by User in Computer Software
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"VS Code is easy and intuitive to use"

What do you like best?

The IntelliSense (Microsoft's implementation of code completion) feature is extremely helpful; when you just can't remember something and don't want to spend time Googling, VS Code's IntelliSense feature really comes in handy. Since VS Code is open source, any developer can contribute to make the product better by writing extensions. The search feature is amazing; everything is very intuitive and laid out very well. It's one of the best code editors I have ever used.

What do you dislike?

Some of the extensions don't work as they should, but that's probably to be expected. Extensions can be rated and reviewed, so that can help you get on the right track in choosing/using an extension. By default, VS Code doesn't contain a feature to open an .html file in a browser on your computer, which I find strange. However, there are extensions to help do this, but I'm not sure why it's not automatically included. I think there should be an embedded browser in VS Code to automatically view .html files in real time with development.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Download the extension to view .html files in your browser easily

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The IntelliSense features saves major time when developing code. The extension to open an .html file in your web browser is a very handy feature (extension) so you don't even have to leave the VS Code window to open an .html file you're building in the editor.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Fatir A.</span>
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"Extensible and Quick editor"

What do you like best?

Well thought out design

Very fast performance even when dealing with large projects and large files

Not huge selection of extensions, but most of very high quality

Supports many complex features out of the box

Amazing Typescript support

Task runner is extensible and great for developing web applications

C# support with Unity3D plugins is a great lightweight way to work on game projects

What do you dislike?

Multicursor behavior is lackluster

Some garbage or abandoned extensions litter the extension page

Slower than native/Sublime

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using mostly for Python development. The intellisense works very well and the built in terminal makes it a breeze to run scripts.

Working in Phaser games, the user often needs to run a server, which would be a separate terminal window. Running a server through visual studio code is quick and also allows debugging through the editor, which is great.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Kolton G.</span>
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"Why I chose Visual Studio Code over Sublime, Brackets and Atom"

What do you like best?

The main reason why I like Visual Studio Code the best is because it can keep up with my everyday development. From package control to the terminal, to testing my code and connecting via Chrome Dev Tools, Visual Studio Code can do it all... and amazingly well.

What do you dislike?

I've chosen Visual Studio Code over many other text editors like Sublime Text, Atom, Brackets, TextEdit that I don't really have any issues with it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make the switch and try it!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Everyday development made easy.

Visual Studio Code review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Very nive IDE for all kinds of languages. Versatile."

What do you like best?

I like it's speed and plug in capabilities. Plugins don't seem to slow the editor down yet they afford powerful flexibility to the code writing process.

What do you dislike?

The settings/properties of the IDE are all contained in JSON files. While that is ok, generally, newer users will be scared off by this as it's not user friendly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Must be comfortable in editing json files to adjust settings. If you are developing in a unsupported language, it might be better to simply use Notepad.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Can use VS Code to develop in all the various languages my company uses. JSON, Javascript, Netsuite, Cold Fusion, C# etc etc etc are all supported given a plugin has been made for it. Very convenient and cant beat the nonexistent cost.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Viacheslav N.</span>
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"Someone had bitten Microsoft, in the good sense"

What do you like best?

Slim and stylish interface.

C++ debugger works like a charm.

Markdown editor with preview function.

Simplistic but convenient interface to GIT.

Interactive search and multiple replace functions.

Being Open Source :)

What do you dislike?

Not to say dislike, cause I don't use this feature anyways: configuring builds (Debug/Release, etc.). I just stick to CMake scripts anyways. I think this feature may be restricting you to use only project files that IDE can deal with. Instead of this VS Code plays as a very powerful text editor, but this was just what I needed.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I'm an old VIM user, but I found VS Code is definitely worth playing with. I think it may be a good choice for a C++ developer on Linux.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm still exploring the tool, but with all the features that I tried it's just awesome. Though I used to VIM, after using VS code for couple of days I realized that sometimes console interface may be too restrictive.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Peter J.</span>
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"Amazing Code Editor. Finally something better than Sublime Text 3"

What do you like best?

I really like the quick panel and all sorts of things you can do with it. The theme switcher is also really good I had to install plugins to get that feature in sublime (which I think should be a priority). Debugging is omething we backend developers rarely use for scripting languages since they don't have any and use print statements which is very slow but now with vscode we get debugging in built it makes bug fixing way easier than before. Autocompletion is one of the main things we developers like and it has first class support for it. The error and warning panels are also a boon.

What do you dislike?

Its a bit slow sometimes. File searching is not as sublime yet. Memory usage is a lot i guess thats because of javascript. The build/run system is a still a bit hard to understand and get used to. But for now we do everything in the command line.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Yeah. Go for it. It takes time to understand its workflow a bit. But saves you a lot of time in the future.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We solve customer engagement and employee engagement problems by implemting gamification.

We provide our users a cloud platform where they can develop their own business rules and integrate that into their system easily. VS Code has improved our coding speed and bug solving times and a plus point is its ease of use.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Rafael A.</span>
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"Surprised me by positive"

What do you like best?

Visual Studio Code is really lightweight, works perfectly in Linux and OS X, which are my primary operating systems. The feature to open a folder is great and allows you to search through code files easily. The fact that's Open Source is great because it allows you to write extensions and improve you experience sen further. Also, built in Git is a major plus, it's really handy and saves you time, maintaining your focus on whats important: the quality of the code you write!

What do you dislike?

I dislike the lack of autoupdate, I didn't realized that my version was outdated until I've installed a new plugin that required a newer version of Visual Studio Code.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Spend some time looking for plugins as they will help our workflow and help you focus on writing beautiful and good code, thus improving your application quality.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Visual Studio Code to write C and PHP files.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Muhammad Soban A.</span>
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"Good Code Editor"

What do you like best?

The main thing i like about visual studio code is one can open a root folder of the project and then easily navigate to any of the file in the project. It gave me the power to get my previous projects code parts without even opening the complete project.

2nd thing which makes me happy while using it is that i can open two or more code files column by columns and easily compare the code or can copy paste from one file to other.

It's search is fast and accurate every time.

Also it gave me ability to use git.

What do you dislike?

Main thing i dislike about visual studio code is most of the time it can't open the file by right click on the file and then click open in visual studio code.

Other thing is that i can't directly run html file from the visual studio code.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend visual studio code instead of Notepad++ and any other code editor because one can open a root folder of the project and then easily navigate to any of the file in the project.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am a Mobile app developer and develop apps all the time which solves real life problems,

When i have to change one line of code or go though my previous code then it gave me ease instead of opening the code into it's compiler which takes time to load the complete project

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Marcos B.</span>
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"Lightweight, simple and fast code editor "

What do you like best?

The fact that you can configure a custom workspace with a bunch of extensions, with no overloaded features running on background like on traditional IDEs make it a great tool for Web development with support through a large number of extensions for almost every language or technology. It has also a great support for Themes, helping to customize each aspect of the editor.

What do you dislike?

It's not possible to open more than one project per window.

The Git UI integration could be improved, maybe even to show flows like other graphic tools (GitKraken, Github Desktop...).

Recommendations to others considering the product

* Easy to use

* Simple and fast

* Customizable

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Development of medium and big web applications based on Javascript (React, Node), HTML and CSS, and the integration with Git for version control management.

Visual Studio Code review by <span>Inaiane A.</span>
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"Efficiency in Visual Studio Code"

What do you like best?

O Visual Studio Code é dos melhores editores que já usei, tem diversos recursos e suporte para varias linguagens de programação, tem uma facilidade enorme para integrar duas ou mais linguagens no projeto a ser desenvolvido. É muito simples para usar e muito rapido.

What do you dislike?

In Visual Studio Code it is not possible to open two or more projects in the same workspace. This is a weakness of the system, as it disables some users migrating to the system.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend to those looking for efficiency and better agility to develop a project. It is a very complete system and very well done.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Working as a front-end developer and Visual Studio Code helps me in the development of the screens and views I need to develop, it has some essential features to manage and streamline my tasks like auto-complete and error correction, besides having support for several Languages ​​such as JavaScript, PHP, Python and HTML.

Visual Studio Code review by User in E-Learning
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"Excellent for front-end development"

What do you like best?

Totally folder-based design removes the disconnect between a "project" and a system folder. It's frequently updated, and also has a huge library of extensions for customizing your environment to your toolchain.

What do you dislike?

Nearly all preferences are stored in text files and edited that way. It's platform-independent, but it's inconvenient and unintuitive.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you have doubts about trying it, take a look at the extension library and see how much is available for your workflow. And give it a shot! It's free!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Visual Studio Code makes a great accompaniment to Visual Studio or as a standalone code editor due to its speed, lightweight footprint and its web-focused design. It does excellent work with Javascript and SASS files, and through extensions has deep integration for Typescript, React, Angular or whatever other framework you might want to use.