Microsoft support for non Windows developers

During Build 2015 conference Microsoft announced Visual Studio Code, a free IDE to develop web, cloud and modern application. The nice aspect of VS Code is that it runs on every platform, here is a screenshot of Code running on a Linux Ubuntu box.

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Figure 1: Visual Studio Code running on Linux box

I can now clone a git repository from my Visual Studio Online account and create a first Hello Node Js application. VS Code is not just an editor, and I’m able to debug my node.js code with easy.

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Figure 2: Debugging node.js code in Visual Studio Code

VS Code has native support for Git, and I’m able to manage my repository doing push/pull/commit etc, directly from VS Code. Support is still basic, if you need a rebase you should go with CLI, but VS Code is still in preview, so I’m expecting more to come in the near future.

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Figure 3: Create a commit directly from VSCode

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Figure 4: I pushed changes directly from VS Code in VSO

You can use all VSO feature, if you like you can edit code directly from Web interface if you need to do a quick fix, or if you need to edit a Readme.MD file.

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Figure 5: Editing in Web Interface in Visual Studio Online

Thanks to Visual Studio Code, and Visual Studio Online, you can manage your projects from your favourites environment.

Gian Maria Ricci