Visual Studio Code, commonly known as VS Code, is a source code editor developed by Microsoft.
VS Code is halfway between a text editor and a traditional IDE. It is a lightweight program, but it incorporates certain functionalities common in IDEs such as autocompletion, error highlighting, or debugging.
Visual Studio Code has gained great popularity in the software development community and has become one of the almost indispensable tools in the programming field.
There are several reasons behind the success of VS. It is fast, easy to use, very flexible and customizable, and it supports a wide range of extensions and customizations.
Although the name may be misleading, VS Code should not be confused with Visual Studio, which is a more complete and application-oriented integrated development environment (IDE).
How to install Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code is a cross-platform tool, which means you can install it on Windows, macOS, and Linux.
To install it we have to go to the official Visual Studio Code website at https://code.visualstudio.com/ and download the appropriate version for our computer.
Once the appropriate version has been downloaded, we only have to run the installer. The usual installation wizard will appear. We follow the instructions and accept the license terms and “next, next, next”. It’s no mystery.
Once the installation is complete, we can start Visual Studio Code from the start menu or the desktop.
Main features of Visual Studio Code
Intuitive and customizable interface
Visual Studio Code offers an intuitive and easy-to-use user interface. It is simple and comfortable. Its minimalist approach allows for a clean and distraction-free development experience.
In addition, the interface is highly customizable. You can add or remove panels, change themes and colors, and adjust it to your preferences.
Support for multiple programming languages
Code editing functions
VS Code provides a complete set of code editing tools, including syntax highlighting, smart autocompletion, code suggestions, automatic indentation, multi-line selection, and advanced search and replace.
VS Code provides debugging functions that make it easier to detect and correct errors in your code. It allows you to set breakpoints, inspect variables, and step through code to better understand the execution flow and troubleshoot issues.
Extensions and customizations
One of the most prominent features of Visual Studio Code is the ability to extend its functions through the installation of extensions. There is a wide range of extensions created by the developer community that extend the editor’s functionalities and adapt it to different needs.
Version control integration
Visual Studio Code integrates with version control systems like Git, which simplifies the management of changes in your projects. You can commit, merge, branch, and perform other version control operations directly from the editor.