VS Code - you can stop using notepad.exe now
December 14, 2018

VS Code - you can stop using notepad.exe now

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft Visual Studio Code

I use Visual Studio Code myself in my roles as sysadmins/database admin, primarily for Powershell development. It doesn't have full feature parity with the Powershell IDE, but I much prefer the interface and extensible nature of Visual Studio Code.
  • Extensible: supports many different languages out of the box, and has extensions for even more
  • Customizable: you can make it look however you prefer
  • Feature-rich: many of the features you'd want from a complex development IDE in a lightweight platform-agnostic package
  • Specific to Powershell, some functionality in live execution is missing (progress bars)
  • Free to use, but has made my development work and general work more efficient
  • Notepad++
  • Visual Studio IDE
Notepad++ used to be my go to, but VS Code has been able to handle all my use cases and more. Full Visual Studio still has it's place but I think VS Code is a better fit for admins.
I think Visual Studio Code should be on all IT workstations. Whenever I need to edit anything that is text-based this is what I use. Even for plain text log files it highlights things helpfully.