|Visual Studio Code Reaches Version 1.0|
|Written by Mike James|
|Wednesday, 20 April 2016|
Visual Studio Code, Microsoft's free and open source editor, has reached version 1.0. This is a rare milestone as open source projects usually spend their entire lives in perpetual beta. Visual Studio Code is also proving to be an inexplicable success.
The first potential misunderstanding to clear up is that Visual Studio Code has very little to do with Visual Studio. It is a code editor and not a complete IDE - it's not even remotely like Visual Studio proper. It is open source under a MIT license and development has been conducted on GitHub. It is cross-platform and, in particular, runs on Linux - another proof that Microsoft doesn't hate Linux any more. From a bigger perspective Visual Studio Code is a spin off from Microsoft's need for an in-browser code editor to use in conjunction with Azure.
Visual Studio Code is based on Node.js and developed from Electron and Chromium. It is ironic that it is based on Electron which is also the base for GitHub's Atom Editor, which is its obvious competitor.
Microsoft seems to be pleased with its 300+ pull requests and claims 2 million installs and 500,000 active users:
Highlights of the version 1.0 release are:
I'm not saying that there aren't niche, even fairly large niche, situations where something light like Visual Studio Code is a good idea. But the extent to which it has been adopted, despite competition from reasonably established alternatives, is staggering.
Visual Studio Code is a project that I would not have expected to have such success. Could it be something to do with its choice of name?
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|Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 April 2016 )|