Visual Studio Code---what's not to like?
Updated August 16, 2019

Visual Studio Code---what's not to like?

Richard Davies | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft Visual Studio Code

My team uses Visual Studio Code as our primary code editor and IDE for developing a Drupal 8 website. Its combination of a text editor and integrated command shell make it a very convenient tool. Additionally, it has great plugins that add support for Git, Github, and Docker, etc., that make it so that you rarely have to leave it and use another tool in order to accomplish daily development tasks.
  • Provides plugins that support virtually every language, file type, and code repository used for various disciplines of software development. I have yet to find anything that I use that it doesn't support.
  • It remains fast and lightweight. It never feels bogged down no matter how many plugins or extensions I've added.
  • It's constantly being updated to add new features or fix bugs.
  • There's currently a bug that causes scrolling issues in small terminal windows when using Winpty, which is kind of annoying.
  • It has allowed my team to all standardize on one code editor, even though we have team members using Windows, Macs, and Linux. Having a standard tool saves us time and makes it easy for us to collaborate.
  • It's free, so we save money by not having to purchase another tool.
  • It's never gotten in the way or caused any impact to our ability to perform our work. It just works flawlessly.
As a long-time former Eclipse user, Visual Studio Code feels like a breath of fresh air. It's modern, fast, and lightweight. Eclipse feels big, bloated, and slow. I've occasionally had issues with my Eclipse installation becoming corrupted, or had plugin compatibility issues when trying to perform updates. I've had zero problems with Visual Studio Code, and it does virtually everything (and more) than Eclipse does.
It's great for anyone looking for a code editor or programming IDE. Given that it's free, I don't know of any scenario where I wouldn't recommend it.