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What Is Visual Studio Code?

Visual Studio Code is a code editor developed by Microsoft that runs on Windows, macOS, and Linux. This open-source software provides developers working with JavaScript, TypeScript, Python, C++, and more with features such as code completion and debugging using built-in Git commands..

Who Uses Visual Studio Code?

Visual Studio Code helps developers, programmers, software engineers, web developers, and students run, debug, and edit codes.

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Reviews of Visual Studio Code

Average score

Overall
4.8
Ease of Use
4.6
Customer Service
4.2
Features
4.7
Value for Money
4.8

Reviews by company size (employees)

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  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001
Lazer
Lazer
Applications Developer in US
Verified LinkedIn User
Computer Software, 51–200 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Lightweight and Feature-rich Code Editor

5.0 4 years ago

Comments: VS Code has allowed me to easily maintain workspaces of related code files, search between them, and track and understand the current state of many codebases. It's intuitive and has many shortcuts that allow me to edit code quickly without taking my hands off the keyboard to use the mouse.

Pros:

-Source control - Highlights changed, deleted, added lines when you are working in a git repository. UI Controls to stage changes, view the current status of edited or staged files. -Syntax highlighting, intellisense (suggest auto-completions for variables in scope, available methods based on MDN), direct links to documentation on many languages - Plugins add support for more languages, local html servers, code snippets, extended source control visibility, remote collaboration and more - Dozens of tremendously useful keyboard shortcuts, supports mulitiple cursors, VIM key bindings if you're that kind of person - Integrated terminal with multiple shell options - Many color themes so you can pick something that feels good for your eyes on your screen -Frequent updates and bug fixes

Cons:

There are some minor differences between the Mac and Windows versions, and I use both. On Mac, you can Cmd + Scroll to enlarge/shrink the code font size. In Windows, using the keyboard, the only option is CTRL +/-, which also makes the UI elements larger and smaller. I don't usually need those buttons to change size, just the code text.

Matthre
Director in UK
Computer Software, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

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Visual Studio Code is a great free tool

4.0 3 weeks ago New

Pros:

VS Code is free, that's got to be the best thing and being cross-platform it tends to be our go-to when we're setting up new projects

Cons:

We've had occasional problems with plugins and updating, I'm still struggling with one Ubuntu instance that has a VS Code update pending but it breaks MySQL Workbench.

Robert
Robert
Owner in US
Verified LinkedIn User
Information Technology & Services, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

VS Code Great for just Coding and Nothing Else

3.0 5 years ago

Comments: Basic coding and general development issues. Not my first IDE to turn to. Benefits: Fast and easy to use and quick loading time if you need something faster than standard VS IDE.

Pros:

I like the simple layout is and easy to use interface. It does not take up that much memory and developers can perform most functions using code. I also like the ability to launch code from PowerShell or Command Prompt. Another thing I like is it allows for old-school coders to go to something with no frills or thrills. This is good for someone who doesn't want to add additional packages or features to a program.

Cons:

Packages need to be installed via command prompt and ran through node.js to work within code. It takes too much time outside of developing. That is why I use standard Visual Studio because it is easier to add a NuGet Package from the VS interface than going through node.js.

Lluc
Marketing Technology Team Leader in Czechia
Entertainment, 5,001–10,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

VSCode and the turnover of the market

5.0 3 months ago

Pros:

It's free, open-source, highly maintained, compatible with all platforms, highly configurable, easy to develop for and on. Huge online community and contributors and high integration with almost any available product out there.

Cons:

Projects are scoped into project files, and it's quite difficult to manage in a single windows all the other projects that you might be working at the same time with different configurations. This also includes the ssh tunnels to server machines to visualize the folder and file structure and make real time modifications, which requires you most of the time to have a separate window instead of a tab in the same one.

Miguel
Senior Web Designer in US
Marketing & Advertising, 51–200 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Great App for Programmers

5.0 2 weeks ago New

Pros:

I've been using VS Code for a while now, and it is one of the most powerful apps for programmers and developers. It includes a lot of features that help you as a programmer to accomplish your goal and task more quickly and effectively.

Cons:

Maybe when you just start with this app could be overwhelming, it looks more complicated in comparison with other options.