Visual Studio Code is the only Code Editor you'll ever need
February 04, 2019

Visual Studio Code is the only Code Editor you'll ever need

Felix Markman | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft Visual Studio Code

I use Microsoft Visual Studio Code (VSCode) to write web applications using C#, Javascript, Python, HTML, CSS, Visual Studio Code is sleek, smooth-running and offers a host of nice add-ons to customize the look and feel of the user experience. In addition, because it's a Microsoft product, the documentation and support are solid.

In the web development boot camp I recently participated in, VSCode was the editor of choice because it offers a wide variety of features that are not available in Sublime, Atom and other competitors.
  • Built-in code validator with output, terminal, debug console and problems tab.
  • Built-in GitHub integration including history.
  • A wide variety of plugins that expedite and verify code quality like the .NET Core Extension Pack, Python Linter, and apps for Angular.js
  • A split-screen option is possible. Like in a web browser, the user can display multiple tabs (windows) inside the single window.
  • A higher learning curve than that of simpler competitor application (ie Sublime).
  • More areas of the editor to manage due to multiple component windows.
  • It may be slow to start depending on the loaded plugins.
  • Uses a lot of computer memory. It doesn't run as light as Sublime.
  • Don't have to change IDE to work with different languages.
  • Make dependent changes in related files. Expedites the development process.
  • Keyboard shortcuts perfect user experience, allowing development to proceed more rapidly.
  • Atom
  • Sublime Text
  • Notepad++
VSCode's competitors, while solid pieces of software in their own right, don't stack up to VSCode because they are not as feature rich, lack the integrated features, or lack the extensive support and updates that VSCode offers. There's been more brain-power and hours devoted to making VSCode the code editor of choice of millions of software developers.

I selected VSCode because it's simply more capable across languages and technologies. It can be used with multiple technology stacks equally well. Overall, it's an excellent tool.
Since it's a free application, released under the MIT License, Microsoft Visual Studio Code (VSCode) is an excellent piece of software for developers of all languages. There are frequent software updates, and the integrated terminal makes testing code seamless. VSCode is a suitable application for development teams large and small. It's perhaps the best all-purpose code editor given its support, documentation and deep extensions store.