|Microsoft Launches VS Code For The Browser|
|Written by Kay Ewbank|
|Friday, 12 November 2021|
Microsoft has announced Vscode.dev, a lightweight version of Visual Studio Code running fully in the browser.
Visual Studio Code is Microsoft's open source code editor that shares part of a name, but not much else, with full Visual Studio. It is open source under a MIT license and development has been conducted on GitHub.
The domain name vscode.dev has belonged to Microsoft since it became available since 2019, but until now has redirected visitors to the Microsoft website code.visualstudio.com.
Now, if you go to https://vscode.dev, you see a lightweight version of VS Code running fully in the browser, and can open a folder on your local machine and start coding.
The VS Code team also suggests that the web version can be used for development on an iPad.
The developers say that since VS Code for the Web runs completely within the browser, some experiences will be more constrained, when compared to what you can do in the desktop app. For example, the terminal and debugger are not available, which makes sense since you can't compile, run, and debug a Rust or Go application within the browser sandbox.
There are also some restrictions to the code editing, navigation, and browsing experiences, which, on the desktop, are generally powered by language services and compilers that expect a file system, runtime, and compute environment. In the browser, these experiences are powered by language services running fully in the browser.
Despite this, you still get code syntax colorization, text-based completions, and bracket pair colorization for most languages, and some extras such as Outline/Go to Symbol and Symbol Search for languages such as C/C++, C#, Java, PHP, Rust, and Go, all via a Tree-sitter syntax tree.
Vscode.dev is available to use now.
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|Last Updated ( Friday, 12 November 2021 )|