Trying Out Microsoft Visual Studio Code On Linux

Written by Michael Larabel in Microsoft on 29 April 2015 at 01:59 PM EDT. 68 Comments
Following the big news just now that Microsoft released their new Visual Studio IDE for Linux, I downloaded it and tried out on Fedora 21.

While the Visual Studio Code IDE was demoed at Microsoft's BUILD Conference today under Ubuntu Linux, the 64-bit VS Code Linux package ran just fine on Fedora 21 without having to install any extra dependencies.

The program works, it was very easy to use, and supports a number of different languages, while being primarily aimed at web app and cloud software development...

Visual Studio Code is not nearly as full-featured as the full-blown Microsoft Visual Studio integrated development environment.

There also doesn't seem to be any major compelling features why one should favor the Visual Studio Code software over various open-source alternatives like Qt Creator, Eclipse, GNOME Builder, and the many others out there...

But it's at least exciting to see Microsoft release a native application for Linux after for the past few months open-sourcing various .NET components, enabling Linux (and even FreeBSD) support, etc.

Don't forget that Microsoft is developing a new LLVM-based compiler and Visual Studio 2015 will support targeting Linux. These days of Microsoft are very interesting for Linux and open-source fans...
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