Visual Studio Code 1.0 (Stable) Released

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Microsoft just announced the release of Visual Studio Code 1.0. You can download the latest version for Windows, Linux, or OS X here. Visual Studio Code, which was released about a year ago at Build 2015, is Microsoft’s free, cross-platform, open-source code editor. It’s based on Atom, and designed to be a streamlined code editor without all of the features of a full IDE. The Visual Studio Code download is less than 40MB.

During the public preview of Visual Studio Code over the last year, there have been over two million installs of Visual Studio Code. After six months of open source development, over 300 pull requests have been contributed. There are now over 1,000 extensions available with support for over 100 programming languages and runtimes, including JavaScript, TypeScript, HTML, CSS, Go, Node.js, Python, C#, and many more.

The latest release of Visual Studio Code includes a number of bug fixes and new features. Some of the new features include:

  • Support for the following 9 languages: Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish. Visual Studio Code uses the operating system’s language as the default.
  • Improved JavaScript support with the use of Salsa, the new JavaScript language service powered by TypeScript
  • Visual Studio Code now comes with TypeScript 1.8.9
  • Easier jsconfig.json and tasks.json file creation
  • HTML formatter is now based on the beautifyjs library, with formatting options available in Visual Studio Code settings
  • You can now associate file names and paths to languages using the new files.associations setting
  • Editor column text selection – Now you can select columns of text by pressing Shift + Alt and clicking or dragging the mouse
  • A cool new extension display in the status bar of the workbench is a shortcut to extension actions and provides a place to display extension errors

You can read more details about all of the new features here.

Now that Visual Studio Code is a stable 1.0 release and out of public preview, there are several licensing changes. The TIME-SENSITIVE SOFTWARE clause has been removed and the software will continue to work beyond December 31st, 2016. The PRE-RELEASE qualification has been removed, and the license now makes it clear that an extension is covered by the license provided by the extension author, and not the Visual Studio Code license.

In addition, you can now opt out of data collection. To disable crash reporting, navigate to File > Preferences > User Settings and add the following option:

If you want to disable usage (telemetry) reporting, navigate to File > Preferences > User Settings and add the following option:

The release of the first stable version of Visual Studio Code is a big step. The Visual Studio Code community continues to grow, and the tool’s future success and usefulness will be highly dependent on continued open source contributions.

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