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Visual Studio Code review by Marisol C.
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"I love this text editor"

What do you like best?

It has all the basic functions of every editor but I love the advanced code debugger, which allows me to know all the errors in real time. You can install add-ons compatible with all programming languages. It is very versatile and fast, very easy to install and learn. It is open source.

What do you dislike?

I almost do not find cons to this software, except that it consumes a lot of ram when you have many add-ons installed. Of the rest I love this software and I recommend it to everyone. The initial load is usually a bit slow.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend it to all developers and department heads. The software performs very well, is open source and has many free updates. It is expandable in terms of functions through the plugins and is very easy to use.

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

In my work we have adopted the installation of Visual Studio Code almost in all the PCs, but keeping the taste of each programmer of course. The software has adapted very well and we have almost no complaints from our programmers, but we have received many compliments.

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Visual Studio Code review by Er.Shailendra s.
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"My experience with Visual Studio Code"

What do you like best?

This editor is dynamic and fast. It has an easy to use interface. It is specially used for doing web development. It has all the capabilities and features which will be needed for front end and back end development.We can add addons in it. Writing Django and python codes is a lot easier with it. I have been doing front end development with visual code and i have not faced any problem till now.

What do you dislike?

Visual studio code can sometimes make your computer lag since it uses a lot of computer resources. It can be difficult to work on different applications concurrently with VSC. More themes must be available for it. Other than this, i have not faced any problem and it works like a charm.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend everyone to use VSC for web development due to it's extra-ordinary features which it provides. It will be made even more better in the future surpassing other editors in market.

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

I am currently writing Python,Html, CSS code using visual studio code for our company website. We also maintain our databases with back end languages written using VSC. It provides a secure environment for development purposes and has catered to all our needs.

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Visual Studio Code review by Pedro G.
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"Visual Studio Code is a powerful and complete alternative if you need a code editor to program."

What do you like best?

It is super light, its time to start is quite short.

You can open folders with large files and visualize them with fluidity and speed.

It allows you to customize the background of the text editor.

You can add a variety of plugins to extend its functionality.

It gives you all the typical options for text editors, such as searching for words in the text, etc.

What do you dislike?

Although it is fast and light, it may take a little while to open a very large file and it may take a little while for your preview to appear.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Visual Studio Code is an excellent choice if you are looking for a good code editor to program applications. It is simple to use, lightweight, fast and allows you to install a large number of super useful plugins.

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

Development of web applications for online learning. It highlights the syntax of different programming languages, thus facilitating the development of applications. It's fairly simple to use and lightweight so it will help you do your job faster.

Visual Studio Code review by RISHABH P.
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"One Platform for Streamline Code, Package management, debugging and Version Control : VS Code"

What do you like best?

VS Code is one of the most popular text editor developed by Microsoft through Electron. The best things about VS Code is :

1. This is absolutely free for learning as well as for commercial purpose.

2. It is compatible on MacOS, Linux, and Windows.

3. With the new update, the code is compiled after each word you type and pops the type of error you made instantly.

4. It has a large Eco-system of extensions that can be easily handled from the terminal provided by VS Code. You can download and add many cool features like live server, python, angular 6 snippets, file manager etc. (you can visit the link to know more : https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/VSCode ).

5. One of the best feature I liked it was the debugger from chrome. This allows to debug your JavaScript code right from chrome browser. Check here : https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=msjsdiag.debugger-for-chrome

6. Overall it has a large community for bug reports and retrieval. Its update are frequent and easy to install.

What do you dislike?

1. VS Code is comparatively new (launched in April, 2015), so it suffers a set back from already stable text editors such as sublime and webstorm.

2. VS Code is slow in setting up servers and doing some high back-end task. For example, it takes 30 sec to setup my Angular 6 server through Angular CLI.

3. The error messages is not always accurate and helpful.

4. Many people have reported that VS Code tends to crash many times. ( Although I didn't face it personally. )

5. There are also lags when loading a folder and changing the work-space folder that other text editors like Atom don't have.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Its new and worth a try. Some features are very useful and unique. And hopefully in future it will become the best text editor of all times.

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

Problems that are solved :

1. Debugging and tools like debugger from chrome extension.

2. Great view of folders and files in Work space.

3. Beautiful and logical Color Scheme, icon scheme and code snippets.

4. The suggestions of variables, functions and properties are commendable.

Visual Studio Code review by Saksham G.
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"Best Editor For Web Application Development"

What do you like best?

Visual Studio Code is a free editor with a lot of cool features. Back End development is so easy on this editor. Plugins and extensions can directly be installed on it for Back end development. It has a good user interface and it is easy to use. It has built in Git and the code is very readable in it. It is highly customizable, and it is updated with new features on a regular basis and it also has nice debugging features which makes it the best editor.

What do you dislike?

It uses a lot of resources of my computer. It should be optimized to work on low-end PC''s smoothly. It is mainly used for Back-End Development and it must be also be optimised for Front-End Development as well.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend everyone to use visual studio code for development and coding purposes. It provides a lot of features and it will continue to develop in future, making it the best software for web development.

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

Visual Studio Code is free and and the user interface is also very good. It is the best software for web development in the market. We have made e-commerce websites using visual code and we are currently working on more projects using HTML, CSS, Javascript languages in Visual Studio Code Editor.

Visual Studio Code review by Sara V.
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"Visual Studio Code para la web de tu empresa."

What do you like best?

Sin lugar a dudas Visual Studio Code es el mejor programa gratuito que existe para poder Crear/Editar la pagina web de tu empresa. La posibilidad de poder crear y editar lenguajes como HTML, CSS, JAVASCRIPT, PHP y MYSQL de forma gratuita creo que es la mejor de las ventajas con respecto a otros programas de diseño web. También combina dos características, fundamentales a mi parecer, como son la ligereza con la potencia. El mapa de archivo que tiene Visual Studio Code te permite navegar de forma rápida e intuitiva por el archivo.Posee atajos de teclado como otros editores que te hacen la vida mas fácil a la hora de editar o diseñar cualquier web.

What do you dislike?

Me he llevado muy buenas impresiones con Visual Studio Code como editor web , no tengo nada que pueda no gustarme de este programa, quizás el tener que añadir algunos complementos o plugins para que se usable sería uno de los pocos problemas con los que me he encontrado, pero esto ocurre en la mayoría de editores web.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Si necesitas de un editor de código con un montón de complementos que te permita trabajar con cualquier lenguaje de programación, que funcione también en Microsoft Windows y que sea portable. Visual Studio Code es tu elección.

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

La facilidad con la que se aprende a manejar Visual Studio Code con conocimientos básicos de diseño web y poder realizar o editar la pagina web de mi empresa es uno de los mayores beneficios que hemos obtenido. No hace falta tener altos conocimientos de diferentes lenguajes de programacion para poder usar este programa. Su interfaz ayuda muchisimo ha obtener beneficios en un corto espacio de tiempo

Visual Studio Code review by Joan O.
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"Your dream code software"

What do you like best?

The git integration is amazing.

It’s great for writing Markdown.

Emmet is integrated out of the box.

Even though they’re both built with Electron, it doesn’t have the same performance issues that have plagued Atom and it is built in terminal.

What do you dislike?

There is significant delay observed when the text cursor is responding to arrow keys on the keyboard.

More apparent is when you hold down the Left or Right Arrow keys, the text cursor jumps a couple of characters, instead of traversing through each character/letter in a word or a line of code.

When navigating code using Page Up or Page Down keys, there are times when code syntax highlighting would color all of the visible codes as 1 solid color, and it takes a while for the application to syntax-colorize the codes properly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend this over Sublime text, eclipse, neatbeans, atom... This is certainly better

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

We do some code there. The benefits are incredible, fast performance and good code

Visual Studio Code review by Antonio M.
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"Easy to use and beautiful, with support for every language"

What do you like best?

I love the way that you can customize it a lot easily with tons of plugins and it has support for every coding language I use. Except for one that is GCODE, so I read the documentation and make myself the plugin. Now it's on the Plugin Store so everyone can download it and can use it with color coding easily. Seriously I love VS Code, it's my main IDE for everything.

Also the autocomplete module is really helpful, and the TypeScript module while you're programming in Node JS is a mind blowing function.

What do you dislike?

Even if it's almost perfect, it's a bit buggy sometimes... for instance, the python "autorefactor when you save" is a bit buggy and indent it when it shouldn't, so you have to disable this espec or the code will not work.

Other fact is that when you open very large files, it stops loading more so it gets in half.

Also the git implementation is bugged and if you use ssh with password it doesn't work.

With PHP it doesn't really helps at all compared with other IDE's like PHPStorm or Netbeans.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're using sublime or Atom switch to VS Code, it's really better.

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

I'm using it for coding and also text editing as it's really useful.

Visual Studio Code review by Neeraj B.
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"Best IDE for writing code in any programming language..."

What do you like best?

It's lite weight, merely 50 MB in Linux still very powerful in terms of file searching, code formatting.

VS Code Git integration is superb, I am in love with this feature, line by line code difference and git UI interface makes version management amazingly fast.

Default intellisence for JS, TS and many more languages.

Open source, thousands of useful extensions are there which can make VS Code a better choice to code in any programming language.

Extensions + keyboard shortcuts pack from diff IDE like the atom, sublime, vim.

What do you dislike?

No drag and drop feature, I can't simply drag and drop files like Visual Studio. At least feature to drag n drop CSS and JS files in HTML file must include.

Debugging is really difficult, however they provide debugging facility, but I do try which won't help me, I suggest that VS Code team may enhance this feature.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Really fast and simple yet powerful IDE, it'll not use your system resources like other IDE.

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

I'm a full stack developer, I use VS Code daily for like 9-10 hrs, this is really powerful, I never feel to leave it and use some other tool.

Visual Studio Code review by Maria G.
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"VS Code"

What do you like best?

Microsoft Visual Studio Code es un editor de texto/IDE de programación desarrollado y lanzado por Microsoft como una herramienta de código abierto. Este editor, como hemos dicho, ha sido desarrollado como software de código abierto y se distribuye sin ninguna limitación de forma totalmente gratuita. Se caracteriza por ser bastante más modular que el anterior. Por defecto, el editor cuenta con las funciones más básicas y elementales y está preparado para adaptarse a los principales lenguajes de programación más utilizados, como HTML/CSS o C. Sin embargo, su mayor potencial se encuentra en las extensiones, y es que desde el mismo editor vamos a poder acceder a una gran variedad de extensiones y complementos que nos va a permitir dotarle de las funciones y características que necesitemos, sin sobrecargar el editor.

What do you dislike?

Ahora mismo no se me ocurre ninguna desventaja que exista en Visual Studio. Las actualizaciones lo mejoran cada vez mas.

Recommendations to others considering the product

IntelliSense, una función que nos permite desde resaltar la sintaxis de nuestros proyectos hasta hacer uso de auto-completar funciones, controlar nuestras variables y, además, ver definiciones de las funciones de los distintos lenguajes de programación. Cuenta con un avanzado depurador de código que nos permite conocer todos los problemas y errores en tiempo real, ayudándonos a identificar estos problemas y solucionarlos. Se integra en Git. Nos permite versionar nuestros trabajos fácilmente desde esta plataforma. Gracias a sus módulos, es compatible con prácticamente cualquier lenguaje de programación, desde los más conocidos hasta los más extraños de los que, probablemente, no hayamos oído hablar nunca.

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

Visual Studio Code ha cambiado la forma de desarrollar para web que yo conocia. Ahora me hace mucho mas sencillo y rapido el trabajo de implementar plugins, autocompletar acciones o implementar frameworks. Es una herramienta potente, poco pesada y que cumple todas mis espectativas.

Visual Studio Code review by Jonathan M.
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"Awesome Editor with a few missing features"

What do you like best?

Visual Studio Code is a super well thought editor. It is now my main editor at choice at work - over Sublime, PyCharm, and Atom.

What do you dislike?

A few features are distinctly missing / don't work quite well in Vscode. For example, searching by class using Command-shift-r is spotty - sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. It's much faster in Sublime. Also, searching by function across the codebase isn't a thing. My CTO yells at me because these 2 features don't really exist when he is using my computer (I still think the rest of the benefits outweigh this drawback, though).

Additionally, I would like more syntax suggestions for Python, although that may not be so much Vscode itself, but rather an extension

Recommendations to others considering the product

You should absolutely use this editor if you are a full stack developer. From a built in Jest test runner and debugger (this is HUGE), gitlense, great file browser, great syntax highlighting for javascript, its just really really good. Only a few things make this editor not supreme, such as lack of good search by class/token (at least with our configuration, although I spent some time trying to get this to work with partial success).

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

I rely on VScode everyday to develop. There are many many benefits - one in particular is Gitlens, which allows me to get a git diff on every single line. This is huge - this gives the code an additional layer, beyond what is written in the file. This feature lets me triage errors and bugs faster because I can quickly see what files have changed most recently, which is often the cause of many bugs.

Visual Studio Code review by Greg G.
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"Best Text Editor Around"

What do you like best?

VS Code is simple, fast, and it doesn't crash. It doesn't make my computer overheat and it works great with my integrated system. I love the design, user plugins, and the quick setup. Most of all, though, it doesn't crash. When I was running Atom (a similar text editor from GitHub), my it crashed frequently - interrupting my work and slowing everything down. That doesn't happen with VSCode.

Oh, the git integration is also great.

What do you dislike?

It's not a full blown IDE, so I don't think this is a fair thing to compare about, but sometimes it is kind of dumb. It has options to look at a function definition, but then nothing will come up. This is most likely because it doesn't interact well with .rb.erb files (Embedded ruby files - what I often use), but I'd still like to see it fixed.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's free - you might as well try it. If you don't like it, switching back is not hard. It doesn't add any weird things to your files that may cause problems.

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

It's a great alternative to Atom or Sublime, and it's free. The community is helpful, the keyboard shortcuts are customizable, and I love it.

Visual Studio Code review by Shubhra M.
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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.

Visual Studio Code review by Chris S.
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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)

Visual Studio Code review by alfredo p.
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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 Nathan A.
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"Intellisense on any OS and nearly any language"

What do you like best?

Intellisense suggestions/autocomplete and debugging for PHP and JavaScript is super nice. I use Linux so I wasn't in a hurry to give this a try, but it's a good IDE. The extensive selection of plugins from the community is cool, too, especially for a closed-source product.

What do you dislike?

I wish it worked with Mono and let me develop C# code on Linux with a built in execution window. It would also be nice if there was an "execute" button that would run my PHP or JS and show me the output in the editor window,

Recommendations to others considering the product

Consider open source options as well! Especially for open source projects or when using open source tools

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

Building internal tools for my company. Git integration is nice, and being able to use a single editor for multiple platforms (Linux and Windows) as well as multiple languages is very convenient.

Visual Studio Code review by User in Computer Software
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"The Best Text Editor"

What do you like best?

Visual Studio Code is the most complete text editor you can find.

With it you can work with any programming language, also has many plugins for different languages.

It has a built-in shell terminal to be able to compile directly without opening an operating system terminal.

It also allows you to debug code in real time.

What do you dislike?

A negative point is that if each project opens it in a different window, and does not allow you to open different projects in the same window and change between them as you wish.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Visual Studio Code is one of the best text editors that even allows you to replace some IDE to write code.

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

The main use I give to visual studio code is development in HTML, CSS, SASS, PHP, TypeScript, JavaScript and Shell Scripting.

It allows me to work quickly and effectively.

Visual Studio Code review by Ramesh P.
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"Visual Studio Coe | Microsoft's IDE"

What do you like best?

The aesthetics and feel of this software is good that it entices users to use this software more often for their development.

It is very lightweight compared to other editors in the market(even paid ones) which have lots of useless functionalitity which take up lot of disk and memory space.

Also, it is free for personal and commercial use both which saves a lot of money for any organization. First time Microsoft has gone open source and free for their product, or else they would always charge some licensing fees for their software.

What do you dislike?

Comparatively new so lacks a few features. Otherwise, nearly perfect product that developers use.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I will recommend this to any developer looking for a lightweight IDE.

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

The autocorrect feature improves speed and readability really well. Things like debugging inside chrome using extension is just phenomenal.

Visual Studio Code review by Paulo G.
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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 Robert S.
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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 Richard M.
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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 prasad d.
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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 Gilles d.
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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 An P.
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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 Taylor M.
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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 Achilleas K.
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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 Brian C.
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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 Chaitanya R.
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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 Dave J.
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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 Pavel D.
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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 Oreofe J.
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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 Rohan S.
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"Very useful IDE - VSC"

What do you like best?

The best IDE ever... it has support for all languages which include Python, C/C++, Java, HTML, Angular, Typescript, and what not.. it is just as powerful and good looking than other paid IDEs which are available in the market. It is open source and from Microsoft so always trustable.

What do you dislike?

Nothing right now. I think the software is really good how it works.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I will recommend

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

It basically works with every language that we use.. and the best part that it's free. So looking from business perspective this means that no payment for hefty IDEs. Everybody can use this easily and nicely for their coding work and assignments. People also use GIT directly from this, so no additional software required for that too!

Visual Studio Code review by Alon R.
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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 Mayur P.
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"Me and My Editor : Visual Studio Code"

What do you like best?

This editor is one of the fastest editor and support more than one plugins at a time.

Writing Django and python codes is a lot easier with it. I have been doing front end development with visual code and i have not faced any problem till now. also when you are using GIT and conflict option is most like in this editor. it is easy to resolve conflict in this editor.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes PC get hang and we have to force close application. Other than that i have not faced any issue.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Ye sure i will Recommend all the Developers to use this editor because it is very much easy to use and so much of plugins are available , Terminal is also inbuild so this is very much useful while you are working with laravel and nodejs platform.

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

I would like everyone to use this editor because it suppots multiple terminal in built, git plugin just install and project will connect with git. Also there are so many plugins are there.

Visual Studio Code review by Seth W.
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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 Jose Alberto M.
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"Good but slow"

What do you like best?

Lo que más me gusta es las opciones que tienes para personalizarlo, el repositorio al que puedes acceder desde la aplicación para agregar extensiones es enorme. Puedes llegar a convertirlo practicamente en un IDE. Hay de todo tipo y para todos los aspectos, rendimiento, estética, para lenguajes concretos. También permite una configuración muy refinada, ya que existen muchísimos parámetros para configurar.

What do you dislike?

El rendimiento, me parece peor que muchos otros (Notepad++, Atom, SublimeText). Puedes tener 2 o 3 archivos simples abiertos, que al cabo de un rato se empieza a relentizar y da verdadero asco. Versión a versión parece que va mejorando.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Prueba antes otros editores, auque es posible que no sean tan bonitos, todos ofrecen muchas posibilidades de adaptarse a las necesidades de cada uno y del tipo de proyecto.

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

Programo tanto en Java, como en C++, como con el framework Vue.js y se adapta perfectamente a todos los lenguajes una vez que le instalas alguna extensión concreta, como es para el caso de Vue.js. Los beneficios son los típicos que ofrecen estas aplicaciones. Mayor velocidad de desarrollo, mejor organización y una interfaz agradable.

Visual Studio Code review by Preston M.
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"The most versatile code editor to ever exist!"

What do you like best?

VS Code offers seamless integration for ultimately everything! Nobody likes working with a featureless editor, so Microsoft has done a perfect job at providing something everyone can benefit from. Out of the box, VS Code comes with Emmet, integration with Git, a wide range of customizable options for every extension and layout of the program, and so much more.

Here's what I love most:

1. A wide range of extensions and customizability.

2. Lightweight and never crashes (all work is saved within cache even if you never saved it as a file).

3. Debugging makes solving issues hassle free.

4. Integrated terminal with the ability to add your own.

5. The wonderful community is always there to answer your questions if you have a problem!

6. VS Code is open-source and a community-driven project.

7. Works on all platforms. (Mac, Windows, and Linux)

8. Developers pay attention to issues & feedback.

9. Very clean UI making it easy to personalize to your own liking.

10. Many shortcuts to shorten the tasks you'd normally do manually.

What do you dislike?

Since this program hasn't been around for the longest time, it is being developed constantly. With that being said, I do find it to be a little buggy here and there. Yeah, it does support many languages; however, you have to install a bunch of extensions to really expand upon what's already there. It would be great if the community picked their most used languages and voted on the ones to be included upon install.

- A slight delay exists in opening files/huge folders.

- Git being directly integrated with VS Code takes a little bit of an initial set-up to get used to.

- Some extensions could be expanded on.

- Debugging takes time to get used to.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Invest your time in learning the in and outs, you won't regret it.

- Change the UI to your needs. I feel like altering the look to what my eyes want to look at every day has greatly improved my motivation.

- Learn the shortcuts. For a task you can complete with your mouse in 15 seconds, a key combo can do it in less than 2.

- Use this to begin coding if you aren't already, you will find it very inspiring.

- Take advantage of what's in front of you! If you find that you're having an issue with something, search Google or StackOverflow. VS Code is filled with an amazing community waiting to help you.

- Be a part of the growing community to show your support/interest!

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

In the past, I would always rely on Atom; however, VS Code has proven to be such a breeze to work in terms of ease and accessibility. I have noticed a huge improvement in my workflow, potential, and capability using VS Code. IntelliSense is the most important part of getting quicker tasks done in a short amount of time for me. For a template you'd normally type out manually (or copy and paste), I type a shortcode and complete the autofill in a matter of seconds.

Visual Studio Code review by John B.
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"VS Code for Python"

What do you like best?

VS Code is a lightweight editor with a very good debugging experience. The amount of useful plugins is awesome as well as the stability of the editor. Updates are frequent and the community is constantly adding and updating plugins to make the experience as well as language support better. Debugging Python is a good experience and is treated as a first class plugin by Microsoft now.

What do you dislike?

When first using VS Code it did require reading the docs with regards to setting up the debug settings and language support however this has gotten better over time. There is little to dislike about VS Code at the moment as it sets out to be a basic editor without the complexities of Visual Studio Professional. As this is a free open source product support is lacking however the community is strong and growing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The editor is robust and easy to use.

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

As VS Code is cross platform it allows all members of the team to contribute to the code base with a common editor. The number of languages that are supported by VS Code is good and growing. There are also plugins that make VS Code a very good alternative to Visual Studio Professional when using languages like Python.

Visual Studio Code review by Jaime M.
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"Open Source IDE for modern developers"

What do you like best?

It is open source, making it easy to extend and modify.

Very fast and lightweight, compared to other solutions.

The UI is intuitive and good looking.

Lots of plugins to add additional functionality.

Because it is built on HTML, CSS, JS it is very customizable without modifying the source code.

It has support for anything, any programming language, platform, framework, anything.

It has a great and very active community.

What do you dislike?

It is pretty fast but not lightining fast.

It broke several times on me while updating.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use it, really, it's a great piece of software. Free, cross platform and powerful for day to day software development.

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

Easy to get started with for web projects.

Visual Studio Code review by anthony r.
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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 Jonathan G.
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"Very good text editor for the development of web software."

What do you like best?

It is super light.

It allows you to highlight the syntax of different programming languages.

Its interface is simple and easy to use.

I like that you can integrate several plugins to improve and expand its functionality.

It has several themes, which allow you to modify the type of text font, the color of the text and the background color, so you can select the one you like the most and customize the text editor to the maximum.

On the side shows a reduced version of the entire text document to move around the most comfortable and orderly. You can also search for words in the document. And it has several keyboard shortcuts.

What do you dislike?

Some plugins are not very good.

It can be somewhat limited in terms of options and functions.

Although it is quite light, if you try to open lengthy documents it may take a while to open them.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Visual Studio Code is an excellent alternative for software development, with many functionalities that make your work easier. It is a fairly light and complete text editor.

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

Software development, is a pretty good text editor for web development. It is lightweight and allows you to load large text documents quickly. Its option of syntax highlighting for programming languages is also very good. In addition, Visual Studio Code allows you to navigate and explore your code easily, quickly and visually, allowing you to have everything in a few clicks.

Visual Studio Code review by Francisco Javier S.
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"better every day"

What do you like best?

The integration with other extensions.

I can write my code and check if there is some dependency left, or some variables and functions are not used.

Also, the integration with git is fantastic: I do not like to use any visual editor, as SourceTree, no manage my git, so VSCode gives me everything I need: review the files (changed, staged, unstaged) and operate with them to add to commit, discard changes, etc.

Other thing I like is the constant upgrades, every week or month I think, so the support is excellent, because there are a lot of employees dedicated to maintain and evolve this product.

I have used atom, brackets, and a few more editors, and after few months I changed them to use a new one. Since I have been using this one, I do not have the feeling or necessity of looking for a new one, and that is interesting to me: the feelings I have when I am working with VSCode, things that I do not know how to describe, but makes me feel confortable with it.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes is complicate to find some files, because there is no distinction between them, both in the open editors preview and the header horizontal file view. Also, I do not like that view because, at first, I did not know that view was scrollable

Recommendations to others considering the product

Stop using other editors, VS Code is the one you need!

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

For me, my main benefit is to write code with efficiency.

Visual Studio Code review by Hailey M.
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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 Ryszard B.
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"Very fast and intuitive tool for programmers"

What do you like best?

A lot of updates, nice user interface and user experience. Built-in emmet and syntax colors. Other really cool element is build-in console, which is very helpfull for developers. For example you don't need to open PowerShell or CMD on other window, when you want to start Gulp or something else, everything is in one application.

What do you dislike?

I like all elements of this application. I hope that team will still make that great job.

Recommendations to others considering the product

In my opinion this is one of the best tool for front-end developers. I'm using this app for develop in HTML, PHP, CSS, SCSS, LESS and JavaScript. Application is free and has a lot of updates, team is still working on new features. This is also great tool for everyone who wants to start journey with front-end development.

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

This is my basic tool to develop new code, so most of my business problems are solved using Visual Studio Code.

Visual Studio Code review by User in Higher Education
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"Code editors with very good plugins"

What do you like best?

Availability of plugins for almost all languages. Plus the code completion is a big plus. The dark theme is my favorite part. Supports nodeJS and angular so I use it extensively.

What do you dislike?

The multi-window feature could be improved further to allow 4 windows in a quadrant like formation, for working in parallel in files. Apart from that, I do not dislike anything.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Go for it. It's really lightweight but powerful editor that can support almost any language. So it's great for coders to get started with. Also, you can execute code on command line directly so that's a big plus. I think VScode is perfect for coding projects.

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

I'm working on a project using Hyperledger composer for building a blockchain app. VSCode is the only other editor apart from atom that has the hypeledger composer plugin hence I like using that as it saves me the hassle of typing everything. It has support for model and query files which is very convenient.

Visual Studio Code review by Lisa (Yu-Chih) H.
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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 Diego B.
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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 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 Matthew H.
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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 Beniamin E.
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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 Ramón Giovanny C.
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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 James K.
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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 Angelo R.
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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 Patrick C.
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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 Asif K.
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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 Ermand D.
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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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"Review of Microsoft Visual Studio"

What do you like best?

I like the ability of visual studio to work with different programming languages and file types. There are plugins available for each programming language which extends the functionality of the text editor. Visual Studio code also provides a seamless integration with git.

What do you dislike?

The keyboard shortcuts are confusing and limiting. As a software developer, the key to getting shit done is being familiar with the keyboard shortcut which would allow you to efficiently switch between different files, functions, and classes.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are working with multiple programming languages, Visual Studio code is a good place to be. In my opinion, the learning of visual studio is steep.

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

I am using it for building automation which includes working in a combination of powershell, bash, and python. So far it has served the purpose well. I have plugins for all three of them installed.

Visual Studio Code review by Xavier M.
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"Great tool for Javascript developing"

What do you like best?

- Fully customizable, from the UI appearance (which is GREAT) to the shortcuts that will make you work much faster.

- Includes an integrated console, from there you will be able to launch a server, for example.

- Performance. It's very light and fast.

- Debugging Angular, React, Vue apps is easier than ever.

- It improves every month.

What do you dislike?

- It's very powerful for Javascript development but for Java EE projects it may not be the best option, there are other tools that are more complete.

- There are some problems detecting sintax errors.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are developing a Javascript application Visual Studio Code is your best option, go ahead, you won't be disappointed.

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

We are using this tool to develop an Angular application. We came from Eclipse and the benefits are very clear: super fast, customizable, makes your job easier.

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 Soma G.
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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 Eric H.
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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 Sona P.
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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 Glenn J.
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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 Joshua C.
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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 Mehmet S.
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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 Alexander C.
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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 Catalin D.
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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 Nate F.
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"I think I've found my home with Visual Studio Code"

What do you like best?

Visual Code has a really nice interface with a ton of functionality out of the box. The other side of things is that there is a massive community of packages that extend the functionality so that VSC becomes more than just a text editor and actually can become a lightweight IDE.

What do you dislike?

Out of the box, the theme and functionality is a little limited, so there is some configuration necessary.

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

I'm able to integrate Git, PHPCS, Linting, and so much more that speed up my development time and efficiency. This increases my rate of return on projects.

Visual Studio Code review by Arpit C.
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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 Kaylee C.
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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 Herald Chris V.
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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 Naser A.
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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 Keith G.
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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 santosh d.
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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 Vivian L.
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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 Omar Antonio C.
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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 Guillermo G.
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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 Justin C.
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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 Ivan P.
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"Best free IDE with many great features"

What do you like best?

I like the functionality it offers so much for free software. Also the customization is pretty neat, I enjoy the extensions as you can download them and use them all in the same time. Earlier when i was a newbie I was used to use WebStorm for HTML, and Eclipse for Java. As for now you can use them all in the same IDE, doing the same help as WebStorm and Eclipse.

What do you dislike?

Maybe one thing that i don't like is the way update works on Linux Mint, as you need to download the file and install it by yourself, instead of updating by it self.

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

For now I'm working Phoenix Framework (backend developer). I find it Visual Studio Code most appropriate for my work.

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 Fernandez Pareja B.
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"Complete IDE for frontend projects"

What do you like best?

- 100% customizable.

- Good shortcuts that make your programming faster.

- Terminal integrate in the IDE. It is a good idea to have all your environment in the same place.

- Debugging JavaScript and TypeScript apps si easy.

What do you dislike?

It is JavaScript - TypeScript IDE oriented, it means that if you want to programming in another language, maybe this is not your IDE.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's much better than another frontend IDE. Faster, customizable and open source.

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

All the frontends apps in my business are built with this awesome IDE.

Visual Studio Code review by Harish G.
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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 Tim H.
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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 Vis