Last week I was showing a co-worker some PowerShell code and he asked what the editor was that I was using. Visual Studio Code I said. Why do you use that? What does it do?
This is what I showed him
Runs on any Operating System
Code (as I shall refer to it) is free lightweight open source editor which runs on all the main operating systems. So you have the same experience in Linux as on Windows. So there is less to learn
You can add new languages, themes, debuggers and tools from the extensions gallery to reduce the number of programmes you have open and the need to switch between programmes
You can add extensions using CTRL + SHIFT + X and searching in the bar
or by going to the Extensions gallery searching for the extensions and copying the installation command
There is a rich de-bugging experience built in
An absolute must to make life simpler. Code has intellisense for PowerShell and T-SQL which I use the most but also for many more languages . Read more here
I love the Git integration, makes it so easy to work with GitHub for me. I can see diffs, commit, undo commits nice and simply. Just open the root folder of the repository and its there
This page will give you a good start on using git with Code
With full screen mode (F11) or Zen mode (CTRL +K, Z) I can concentrate on coding and not worry about distractions
Stay in one programme and do it all
I have a Markdown document, a PowerShell script and a T-SQL script all in one Git repository and I can work on all of them and version control in one place. The screencast below also shows some of the new capabilities available in the insiders version I managed to leave the screen recording dialogue open as well, apologies and the mistake was deliberate!
That’s why I am using Code more and more these days, hope it helps