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Microsoft Unveils Visual Studio for Linux and OS X

| by Jeff Martin Follow 16 Followers on Apr 29, 2015. Estimated reading time: 2 minutes |

Today at Build Microsoft announced the release of a native Visual Studio application for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.  Named Visual Studio Code, the company considers to be a “code focused” editor available free of charge to all developers.  While part of the Visual Studio family, it has a different feature set than the traditional VS IDE.

VS Code focuses on the following top line features:  IntelliSense, built-in debugging, and Git source control integration.  IntelliSense support is complemented by Outlining, Find All References, and Go To Definition.  The debugging tools include the familiar breakpoints, code stepping, and variable inspection.  Thanks to the design of VS Code, additional languages can be supported without changing the application.  (According to Microsoft, this functionality will be exposed to end users once documentation is finalized.)  This means that while the current version targets ASP.NET development, this is not a permanent restriction and only a result that it is still a preview.

Git support is a big part of the VS Code project, but in order to use this support a local copy of Git will need to be installed on your system.  The advantage is that only a single Git instance needs to be configured with the minor inconvenience of requiring a separate install from VS Code.  However if Git is already setup on your system, you should be able to install VS Code and use it immediately.

When comparing VS Code to traditional Visual Studio, the biggest difference is that VS Code focuses on being a full featured editor, whereas VS offers a lot more features around projects.  VS Code doesn't have new project wizards or solution files.  But it does offer responsive editing, and emphasizes the small details like displaying what the type of line endings are used when working on cross-platform files.

VS Code is able to support the big 3 platforms thanks to being built on top of GitHub’s Electron platform.  Electron is itself composed of io.js and Chromium.  VS Code is written using TypeScript, the Microsoft created language that is built as a superset of JavaScript.

VS Code is currently available in a Preview form for all clients (Mac OS X, Linux, and Windows).  Microsoft notes that users are required to accept that crash dumps are automatically sent to Microsoft for review.  If users do not agree, Microsoft suggests that they should not download the software.

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Amazing! by Kishore Reddy

As a long time .NET developer and recent mac convert, this is a milestone for Microsoft!

I truly believe this would have never happened under the leadership of Steve Ballmer... too much pride and ego!

I just lost my patience and just gave up on Microsoft after Windows 8 , a Windows Phone with features way behind Iphone and Android and severe limitations on the Windows Phone API, and an overall lack of intuitive UI interface design.

However, Microsoft is not without its merits. They are doing a great job with Azure, Visual Studio and C# and other areas.

I hope to see Microsoft expand its historically Windows centered business model into other areas such as this. This is especially needed in the post mobile world where PC sales are on a decline and Windows Phone Market share is barely 5% of the U.S. market.

Sincerely,
A mobile developer having worked on all 3 mobile platforms.

-Kishore

smart way by wang yi

It is a webkit+Node application

Amazing news for developers! by Manoj Patidar

I hope to see Microsoft expand its historically Windows centered business model into other areas such as this.
I truly believe this would have never happened under the leadership of Steve Ballmer...

Misleading title - consider amending it. by Alex White

Since it isn't 'Visual Studio' for Mac and Linux, it is a new code editor for Mac and Linux (and Windows). Yes, it is a smart, fast code editor with syntax highlighting, true intellisense and refactoring of C# and Typescript code - but it isn't the full on Visual Studio which the title suggests by any means.

Re: Misleading title - consider amending it. by Jonathan Allen

Visual Studio has been a family of products for quite a while now. Besides Visual Studio Code and the "full" version of Visual Studio we also have Visual Studio Shell and Visual Studio Online.

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