Microsoft Visual Studio Code

Microsoft Visual Studio Code

Top Rated
About TrustRadius Scoring
Score 9.2 out of 100
Top Rated
Microsoft Visual Studio Code

Overview

Recent Reviews

Best free IDE

10 out of 10
June 20, 2021
We use Visual Studio Code as an alternative to our main IDE in the company. With the new features and progression of the IDE lately, we …
Continue reading
Read all reviews

Awards

Products that are considered exceptional by their customers based on a variety of criteria win TrustRadius awards. Learn more about the types of TrustRadius awards to make the best purchase decision. More about TrustRadius Awards

Reviewer Pros & Cons

View all pros & cons

Video Reviews

Leaving a video review helps other professionals like you evaluate products. Be the first one in your network to record a review of Microsoft Visual Studio Code, and make your voice heard!

Pricing

View all pricing

Professional

$45.00

Cloud
Per User Per Month

Enterprise

$250.00

Cloud
Per User Per Month

Entry-level set up fee?

  • No setup fee

Offerings

  • Free Trial
  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting / Integration Services

Features Scorecard

No scorecards have been submitted for this product yet..

Product Details

What is Microsoft Visual Studio Code?

Microsoft offers Visual Studio Code, a text editor that supports code editing, debugging, IntelliSense syntax highlighting, and other features.

Microsoft Visual Studio Code Technical Details

Deployment TypesSaaS
Operating SystemsUnspecified
Mobile ApplicationNo

Frequently Asked Questions

Microsoft offers Visual Studio Code, a text editor that supports code editing, debugging, IntelliSense syntax highlighting, and other features.

Reviewers rate Usability highest, with a score of 10.

The most common users of Microsoft Visual Studio Code are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees) and the Computer Software industry.

Comparisons

View all alternatives

Reviews and Ratings

 (619)

Ratings

Reviews

(1-25 of 87)
Companies can't remove reviews or game the system. Here's why
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
1. Writing day-to-day code 2. running and debugging my Flutter apps 3. Write Test code for my projects 4. Access remote host via pem file 5. Manage Docker containers 6. Version Control like commit ,push ,merge etc. 7.Increase my productivity with extension like rest client , themes code coverage tools
  • Source Control
  • Test and debug code
  • Code formatting
  • Display Errors
  • Theme
  • Shortcuts
  • Navigation
  • Guide
1. VS Code is best for writing code , it has auto save feature 2. Source control is top notch easy to view commits , push , create branch change branch merge branch 3. Writing test code and testing it. 4. Want cool extensions to increase the productivity 5. Manage and access Docker containers 6. Search something in code and replace it
Greg Garnhart | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
Microsoft Visual Studio Code is by no means required by our organization, but many developers use it. Though I am but a lowly intern, most of my peers and immediate bosses use it to edit code, debug projects, and push to different repos. The added convenience of the VS Code plugins store allows for quick and rapid integration with different technologies, code checkers (such as jslint), and more. It's also free, so there is really no reason not to try it.
  • It's insanely stable. I used to have problems with Atom (to be fair this was over 2 years ago) so I made the switch. Since, I can count the amount of times VS Code has crashed on one hand.
  • It's lightweight and acts like it too. It's boot time is very quick.
  • The support online is good - a lot of tutorials use it, so it's easy to follow along with.
  • Debugging can be confusing depending on the language!
Microsoft Visual Studio Code is perfect for lightweight apps, most web apps, and things that do not need a fully-fledged IDE. IntelliJ is better suited for Java apps, so use IntelliJ for Java apps! In my experience, VS Code is great for languages that are easy to run from the command line, especially things that need consistent and easy deployments.
Bimal Subedi | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
Being an IT company, our organization needs to develop various lines of code every day to develop our clients' products. Writing codes in traditional text editors like notepad, notepad++ is a bit tricky. There is no even delimiter matching in the notepad. This had created a huge problem in our organization. To solve these problems, our organization began to use Microsoft Visual Studio Code. Using this tool, we can easily search for required files and required lines of code. Errors are automatically detected by using suitable packages for the programming language that we are working on. Also, we can take benefit of the inbuilt terminal in the software.
  • Checks error while writing codes
  • Provides great Extensions so that it can support almost any language
  • Git and Github implementaion can be done easily
  • Newly added Gihub Copilot crashes a lot.
  • It would be better if php and python deployment was made easier.
  • Searching for settings is a bit complicated.
Microsoft Visual Studio Code is well suited for emerging developers who want to increase their productivity while coding new lines of code. Developers can get a package of all the tools needed for them in this single software which is really fascinating. For people other than the programming field, this tool is less appropriate.
ANurag Tamrakar | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
VSCode makes it easier to write code. Whenever you make a syntax error or a typo it warns you immediately, which is really awesome! Also, it enables us to integrate debugger, lint, build, and publishing tools. It even comes with a huge set of plugins, which makes it superior! It supports almost every language, but if a language is not supported or if it's missing you can add it.
  • It helps us write code without errors.
  • It also helps us with building and testing code on the fly and deploying code locally.
  • It's better than any other paid or free IDE/Text Editor.
  • I didn't find any problem with using VSCode.
  • Yes, there were some bug in the previous release, but now those are fixed.
It's open-source and has a very big community. Plugins are available for almost every language/framework to lint, build, and test code. UI/UX looks premium. Last but not least, it's free! It is well suited to us and there is not any scenario where it is not appropriate. I would recommend everyone to use it.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
When it comes to a script editing, you can't go past Visual Studio, I've tried others but Visual Studio has the best features and it just easy to use. Having tabs and a built-in file browser make my life easier.
  • Easy of use
  • Looks great
  • Tabs, tabs, tabs
It just works and is super easy to find what you need to get your job done quickly.
Tao Mihiranga | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
Our company provides web-based applications, mobile applications, and graphic designs. Mostly we are using Microsoft Visual Studio Code day-to-day work life. It is a very comfortable IDE software for debugging, task running, and version control. We are working with Python, PHP, java, javascript, and many more languages. even, for mobile application development, we are using the Microsoft Visual Studio Code.
  • According to me, auto save function is a one of the best feature in VS Code.
  • A lot of extensions provide by VS Code. It's made our code very smooth and more powerful.
  • It is very configurable and can use many predefined actions.
  • Debugging supporter AI should be more improved.
  • Hard to change setting on VS Code. so that should be more user-friendly
  • Sometimes VS Code gets high CPU usage for running. so, the machine freezes sometimes.
I used different kinds of IDE software before. But VS Code is the best IDE I ever used. I am using this software in my day-to-day work life. I have to work with python, PHP, javascript, and java. I don't need different IDEs for Different languages, I can code with this one IDE platform. Compared with other IDE software, this is the most powerful and lightweight IDE software.
Satbir Singh | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
It's [the] best lightweight code editor used by most developers in all departments.
  • Support for multiple programming languages with Intelli-Sense
  • Availability of extensions and support (Live Server, CSS Peek, Prettier and many others)
  • Free of cost
  • Built-in code formatting would be appreciated (just like Prettier - Code formatter)
  • A virtual device emulation in side panel for seeing output of code will be great
  • Needs a built in DB support jut like in XAMPP
[The] most user-friendly solution in its segment for all types of coding (from a beginner to pro). It brings all level of developers to single platform for a while.
Great for web development (HTML, CSS, JSON)
Nemanja Mihajlović | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
We've been using it as a text editor in general, and as a development program for writing React, Javascript, etc. I've done an internship in Vega I.T. Sigma company in Novi Sad, Serbia for 4 weeks, and I've been using it all the time. I'm even using it personally for writing all sorts of HTML/CSS/js, etc.
  • Transparency of code
  • Good code suggestions
  • Great tips for writing code
  • Great tips for setting up workspace
  • Faster debugging
  • Red dots in code that were previously written are unnecessary
  • Easier settings for vsc looks
It is very well suited for developing a web application, frontend, and backend, very clear and easy to use, even for beginners. Good thing is that it is free to download and use, so newbies can practice coding in whatever programming language they want and can try a new one with ease and solid suggestions.
Tim Hardy | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
We used Microsoft Visual Studio Code to handle many of our JavaScript projects. Visual Studio Code is much more suited to Single Page Application (SPA) projects, NodeJs projects, and any client-focused projects than Visual Studio. Visual Studio is not a good fit for any project that needs to respond to many files changing on the file system, which SPA projects typically do. Visual Studio Code fills this gap by allowing the file system to be the source of truth, instead of fighting changes to the file system, like Visual Studio will do.
  • Manages SPA applications well by responding to changes on the file system, such as those made by "ng serve".
  • Manages any npm-based application by responding to changes made by "npm install".
  • Highly pluggable architecture allows the Developer to configure their environment however they like.
  • I would like there to be a more "out of the box" default configurations for Angular projects. By default, Visual Studio Code does not honor tslint suggestions in Angular projects, and it creates friction between devs who are set up to honor Angular's tslint guidelines and newer developers who are not. Just a single choice to "configure for Angular" would be great.
  • I would also like to be able to use the Visual Studio Code as a "git merge tool" to handle merge conflicts. You currently can't do that in VS Code.
  • I'd like to be able to pin tabs like I can in Visual Studio, so I can keep certain files always open.
Visual Studio Code is perfect for any JavaScript-focused project, especially those which have a lot of file changes occurring from outside the IDE. Any sort of linting process or auto-building process, like "ng serve", gulp, grunt, etc will be well-served and managed via Visual Studio Code. We use it for any scenario where Visual Studio becomes a pain in the butt. Conversely, .NET projects are better served with Visual Studio.
There seems to be a good number of resources and large enough community around VS Code that I can usually get an answer to my questions in a timely manner. It's not stellar enough from Microsoft itself, but the community steps in to fill in the gaps enough to take care of each other.
Apurv Doshi | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
Visual Studio Code is a default editor for the developer groups who are working mostly on Python, Javascript, Docker, C++ and PowerShell in our organization. The VS Code supports the day-to-day development activities like programming, debugging and source code management (Bitbucket). The flexibility that VS Code brings is a tempting lot of developers to migrate towards it in our organization.
  • Excellent customization available for Text Editor, Keyboard shortcuts, Syntax highlighting and Workspace view.
  • Lots of Extensions available for different languages which make code even more versatile.
  • The debugging tools are really matured and help to put breakpoints, conditional breakpoints, local variables view, class variable view, immediate resolution of expressions, and call stack for function call. It also supports multi-threaded debugging as well.
  • It is light weight and efficiently manages big workspaces even with machines with lower configurations.
  • Direct support of major repositories make the code management much easier.
  • Multiple workspaces can be operated in parallel.
  • Setting interface is bit complex. It should be way more simpler as compared to the current one.
  • The plugins needs to reviewed more. Few plugins causes the VS Code to hang/crash.
  • Sometimes Auto suggestion and Syntax highlighting makes VS Code sluggish.
This is one of the best editors and supports most of the development work. I would highly recommend to go for the Visual Studio. I have not come across any scenarios where I feel that the editor is not appropriate. The only thing that requires a little more attention is the usage of any third-party extensions. Sometimes they cause the VS Code to hang/crash. Apart from that, it is the de-facto choice for me.
Sean Patterson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
Microsoft Visual Studio Code is used by our developers on projects of many different language types. It is used when building .Net Core WebAPIs, Angular SPA, and React front end pages. It is also used for Python development with some of our hardware and ML/AI needs. With it available on all computing platforms, it is our most used tool and can be shared by all team members.
  • Powerful
  • Lightweight
  • Extendable
  • Free
  • In-depth debugging
Visual Studio Code is well suited for nearly any coding project imaginable. Its ability to do powerful multi-line select and regular expression searching makes it an amazing text editor as well. With all the extensions available, it can even be used as a small SQL explorer tool and Jupyter Notebook. The only thing it might not be suitable for is an application where you need in-depth debugging or performance profiling, but I would not be surprised if those tools are on the way.
Moris Mendez | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
Currently our department is using Microsoft Visual Studio Code as the main tool for the development of programs and systems that help meet the objectives of our department, in addition to being of great help for the maintenance of systems that are already implemented.
Although Microsoft Visual Studio Code is one of the best options for developing systems, it still does not have the desired presence throughout our organization because many are unaware of the potential of this tool.
  • Code analysis of applications or systems already implemented is of great help to detect syntax errors or functions that are obsolete
  • The automatic linking of functions or procedures installed in programming blocks is fantastic, since we must not remember the address or the name of the file where the definition of the function or procedure is.
  • The customization of the entire environment provides accelerated productivity by being able to choose the extensions or plugins that best suit our development pace
  • The customization of key combinations should be more accessible and easier to change
  • The auxiliary panels could be minimized or as floating tabs which are displayed when you click on them
  • A monitoring panel of resources used by Microsoft Visual Studio Code or plugins and extensions would help a lot to be able to detect any malfunction of these
Microsoft Visual Studio Code is highly recommended for the development of systems and / or complex applications entrusted to work teams under a specific methodology, and its use is also recommended for the maintenance of previously developed applications.
It is not recommended as a learning environment for developers with little experience as the learning curve would be too high
Mark Orlando | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
Our team is using Visual Studio Code to develop Angular web applications. Visual Studio Code was chosen because it's built to work with Git. The previous version of our product was developed in Visual Studio NS used Team Foundation Server for source control. Since the team decided to switch development to pure Angular instead of a hybrid model, Visual Studio Code and GIT were no-brainer choices.
  • Lightening fast UI.
  • Very easy to prototype individual components and later roll those up into larger ones.
  • Vast array of free add-ons available from the public.
  • Easy integration with Git.
  • Easy to learn what monthly updates were delivered.
  • Lack of button bar like ones found in Visual Studio.
  • Lack of integrated help that could link to YouTube, Channel 9, or other Microsoft videos on how to learn about features.
  • Integration with Team Foundation Server.
  • Would like to see it having some sort of integration into a Web API testing harness.
If your Source Control Software is Team Foundation Server then skip Visual Studio Code. If you're using GitHub and are creating small projects Visual Studio Code is the way to go. If you need to create a large, enterprise-level application, Visual Studio Code makes it easier to set up interactions between related projects (client & server). If you're interested in getting back to the old way of using the command line to create projects and you know what to enter in the console window then Visual Studio Code is great. Visual Studio Code is a better choice if you don't know the console commands and prefer to make selections from a menu.
Jude Allred | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
[Microsoft Visual Studio Code is] used widely by engineers across our organization. Since it's a free and trusted tool, it has easy adoption. It works well as a general purpose text editor for code and configuration files, as well as an IDE for more sophisticated coding projects. Some projects are written to use VS Code heavily, others are written to use other IDEs but are still compatible with VS Code. It's a strong part of any engineer's toolkit.
  • Very accessible -- it's compatible with all platforms and environments, free to install, and fast to open
  • Strong native support for many languages, and very strong extensibility to provide advanced language features
  • Git integration is top-notch, often displaying a better history, diff, and merge interface that is otherwise available in version control systems
  • It's a fantastic generalist product and the only areas where it falls short are when its ecosystem of extensions aren't widely available for unpopular languages... but even in those cases its basic text editing abilities are so strong that it remains compellingly useful.
  • If you're using a legacy version control system, VS Code won't have native integrations out of the box... but there will be extensions for them.
Every software engineer has a text editor in their toolkit. Long ago "Vim" and "emacs" were the champions, and are still well-loved by many. For a while, Notepad++ and Sublime were very popular. These days, VSCode is the answer. When you're editing code or configuration files, you'll either reach for this.

In addition to being well suited for general cases, VSCode's extension framework makes it very well suited to managing entire codebases-- compiler integrations, autoformatters, linters, quality checkers, etc., all abound in the ecosystem. On top of that, there's a very strong Git integration, seamlessly embedded in the editor that just comes to life when the information is available.

And it's completely free and fast to install. Everyone should try it.
June 20, 2021

Best free IDE

Balázs Kiss | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
We use Visual Studio Code as an alternative to our main IDE in the company. With the new features and progression of the IDE lately, we accept it as a same-value alternative for any coding task. We use VSCode for education purposes as well, and as a built-in IDE in browser-based examples during lectures. Visual Studio Code personalization and plugins are widely used in our company.
  • Code compilation.
  • Low resource-costs.
  • Highly customizable.
  • Fast programming and debugging experience.
  • Performance bottlenecks.
  • Third party plugin loading sometimes crash.
  • Navigation options.
As it is very easy to install, completely free, and very intuitive overall, it's really good for beginner programmers. Highly customizable, easy to use, and has tons of quality of life improvements to serve as a serious IDE as well. This is one of the two, maybe three IDEs we use for any web-based programming (but not only just for those). Visual Studio Code is one of the de-facto IDE you should use in 2021.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
I use [Microsoft] Visual Studio Code as a web application developer performing a variety of programming tasks. As a solo consultant and in my capacity as a member of a team I choose Visual Studio Code as my primary tool. This software is robust, features a fantastic plugin architecture, and a plethora of customization options; the fact that it is also a free download is icing on the cake.
  • Robust plugin architecture replete with fantastic add-ons that make developer life delightful.
  • Integrated Terminal window allows you to stay in one application to perform most required tasks.
  • Customization options are robust. It is easy to modify VS Code to your own specifications.
  • It's free! Hard to believe such a well made, well maintained, robust software is a free download.
  • Command+P/Command+Shift+P key commands will improve your workflow dramatically.
  • Inconsistent methods to change settings. Sometimes must be done in the JSON file. Sometimes in the UI.
  • Application error messages sometime appear without enough information to resolve them.
  • Does not have built in functionality to display SVG file preview.
[Microsoft Visual Studio Code] is a great tool for any web application developer to use whether a beginner or advanced coder. The large variety of plugins that expand functionality are wonderful. There are many tutorials online that utilize VS Code reinforcing the choice. It has an attractive design and It's free! Doesn't get much better than that.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
We are using Visual Studio Code for coding and testing purposes. Mainly our IT department is using the software because it is built for developers. It is easy to use, supports multiple languages at the same time so you do not need to switch the apps for development and testing purposes. It has built in terminal which is one of the most useful feature.
  • Multiple Coding Languages Support
  • Easy to use
  • Built-in Git Support
  • Multiple Projects at same time
  • No support for Database
  • Development for Mac/iOS is not supported
It is useful in almost all the scenarios, it has supports [for] multiple languages so you don't need to switch the IDE every time while coding. There are so many extensions which makes coding easy and seamless like Beautifier of code etc. It is very light-weight so starts very easily and runs on any config devices.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
IDE choice is entirely up to engineers' personal preference within my organisation, but an overwhelming majority of my colleagues choose to use Microsoft Visual Studio Code. The quality of the editor in itself is fantastic to start with, but when combined with plugins (of which there are many in the ecosystem) it becomes truly invaluable for us in maintaining code quality and speeding up development through its various in-built and extended features. This means that coding can remain pretty consistent amongst engineers (at least in terms of conventions) and that configuration in certain languages and projects can be shared and enforced with relative ease, for example when linting various filetypes.
  • Free, quick and easy to install
  • Extensive plugin ecosystem and support
  • Extensible in configuration and personalisation
  • Personal settings can easily be synced to a personal or group source code management platform
  • Intuitive to use
  • Some plugins can be inconsistent in quality
  • Performance can be affected with many plugins running (especially linting or hinting)
  • Can be a bit of a "one size fits all" rather than specialised
Microsoft Visual Studio Code is suitable for almost any coding needs, though it is specifically best for web-based projects. As far as I'm aware is very commonly geared towards the relatively recent explosion in javascript, TypeScript and similar languages, with some other competitors possibly being more suitable for lower-level languages (e.g. Java, C# etc). Certainly a lot of the plugin ecosystem appears to centre around frontend language features for the various languages and frameworks, this is generally what I personally use it for, and so I don't know with any great confidence that it's particularly unsuitable for other languages, rather that I've not used it for other purposes.
I generally would, and have, recommend Microsoft Visual Studio Code to any web engineer who is not already using it.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
It is used across different departments for various use.
For our team, we use Visual Studio Code for different types of software developments.
  • Support numerous plugins for different usages
  • Available in multiple platforms
  • Powerful yet lightweight
  • Nil
It is very suited for development use at the developers' workstations. As mentioned in the previous sections, it provides a lot of conveniences for different kinds of development uses.
It is less suitable for on-the-fly file editing in the production machines, which is both over-kill and inconvenient. Built-in editors like Vim will be more suitable for that job.
Tharsanan Kurukulasingam | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
I use Microsoft Visual Studio Code for all my JavaScript-related development. My day-to-day activity involves SVN, as It is easier to commit the files using Microsoft Visual Studio Code. The SVN plugin in this software is very easy to use, we can see the diffs easily, and it's very fast.
  • A lot of plugins available to try out based on your need.
  • Simple and light weight. It wont eat up your machine power.
  • I personally like the UI its simple and easy to use.
  • I am trying to find a good Intelli-Sence plugin for auto-completion and autosuggestion but I have not found a good one yet.
If you want to edit a file real quick, it's really easy to use 'code' just have to type "code file path " it will pop up immediately. It's easy to commit multiple files through visual code. I personally use this and love it. But sometimes the integrated terminal act strange or buggy, but this is not a big deal.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
We use Microsoft Visual Studio Code for coding all kinds of software and web applications. From building web forms to coding software and mainly PHP because that is not supported by Visual Studio IDE. So, this is the best fit for that. It is free so that is also a big plus.
  • Works with all coding languages
  • Free to use
  • Easy to integrate with git
  • I wish it was easier to compile code
  • Can't think of many issues, it is honestly very good
It is best if you need a light weight IDE to manage and write code, edit a single file on the fly or even store some note. Super light and support all coding languages syntax. It is not the best choice if you want to manage a full C# project for example In would use Visual Studio for that.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
Microsoft Visual Studio [Code] is currently being used to develop our internal system and clients database. Through it, we maintain our current software and develop new features as required by the operations team, and as the business changes through time. All personnel uses the applications being developed using Visual Studio.
  • Easy to use user interface.
  • Good integration to code repositories.
  • Cood integration with third party components.
  • Integration to new Git repositories can be better.
[Microsoft Visual Studio Code] is very flexible and you can code in your preferred language, from C, C++, C# to Visual Basic. It integrates well to third party developed components that make your coding faster. The programs that can be coded using Visual Studio can be run on desktops (Windows Forms), browsers (ASP.NET) or on servers as command line routines. If you are lacking development time and monetary resources to buy components, there maybe other development frameworks that could suit your business better.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
VS Code is very lightweight so every one of us is using it. Primarily we are using Atom, PyCharm, etc. When we started with VS Code, we never used any other IDE. It is easily operated on low configurations of the system. It's an awesome app.
  • Lightweight IDE
  • It supports a variety of programming languages
  • Integrated teminal
  • Emmet abbreviations
  • A little slow sometimes
  • Does not support unit testing
  • All else is awesome
Visual Studio Code is an awesome app written in electron with very easy-to-use features. Replace function for all of the files is a point. It can also be used as a good debugger in comparison to other products.
Ryan McGarry | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
We use Microsoft Visual Studio Code for writing and debugging our Python and Java based applications. Visual Studio Code is a useful tool that assists us with quickly writing and updating our scripts. It is lightweight and has a number of nice built-in features, such as automatically highlighting the same variables in the interface.
  • Nice built-in features like auto-highlighting repeating variables
  • It's lightweight
  • Helpful for quick script modification
  • It would be nice to have the option for a Spyder-style UI
  • More advanced debugging features would be helpful
  • Including a built-in screen for package management
Microsoft Visual Studio Code is excellent for quick modification or working with scripts that you may have in your code base. As an example, I would often conduct experiments using scripts that were based on PsychoPy, and on a number of occasions, I had to quickly update a script or two shortly before a participant was tested with their particular code or counterbalance number. Most scripting programs would take a significant amount of time to make a simple modification, and would be bogged down with a heavy UI, but Visual Studio Code make this process quick and painless.
Theodore K. Langston | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
As a freelance designer developer I use Microsoft Visual Studio Code as a primary component in my web development workflow. It is an essential code editor that I use exclusively for web development. The feature set and additional add-ons make it a fundamental tool in my development stack.
  • Code editing
  • git and versioning
  • autocomplete
  • formatting
  • Sometimes too many options
  • more focus on terminal
Microsoft Visual Studio Code is well suited for your code writing, editing and compiling needs. Error handling and troubleshooting can be made easier with add-ons. A wealth of programming languages are supported. Terminal integration along with git repository handling are a welcome feature. It is not yet a code-in-browser solution.