Microsoft aims for 'lightweight richness' in Visual Studio Code 1.0

Microsoft doesn’t let a week (sometimes not much more than a day) go by without pushing some new code morsels down the feeding pipe.

This week is no different as the firm comes forward with Visual Studio Code 1.0, its lightweight code editor for Mac OS X, Linux and (of course) Windows.

Redmond says that this tool, which has been around in alpha status since 2013 before this formal 1.0 version, now has over two million users.

What it is, man

Visual Studio Code 1.0 reflects and includes many feature aspects of Microsoft Visual Studio including the IntelliSense context-aware intelligent code completion feature.

The development team behind this product have blogged to say that what started as an experiment to build a production quality editor using modern web technologies has blossomed into a new kind of cross-platform development tool, one that focuses on core developer productivity by centreing the product on rich code editing and debugging experiences.

“Visual Studio Code brings the industry-leading experiences of Visual Studio to a streamlined development workflow, that can be a core part of the tool set of every developer, building any kind of application,” writes the team.

IDC’s Al Hilwa has said that this release from Microsoft is a response to the rising developer interest in all things lightweight.

“Modern development requires a lot of in-and-out in various languages, environments and platforms and so there has been a long-running shift toward basic, though feature-rich, editors,” said Hilwa.

Microsoft asserts that from the beginning, it gas striven to be as open as possible in the roadmap and vision for VS Code — a pledge that last November saw the firm open source VS Code and add the ability for anyone to attempt to make it better through submitting issues and feedback, making pull requests, or creating extensions.