What is Visual Studio Code

In this tutorial, we will discuss the visual studio code, how to download and install visual studio code. What is the difference between visual studio code and visual studio?

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What is visual studio code

Visual studio code is a free source code editor that you can run on your desktop. It is also known as vs code.

VS Code is free for personal and commercial use, so you can use the editor in your organization without any license.

It is available in the below OS.

  • Windows
  • Linux
  • macOS

Apart from this, it has built-in support for JavaScript, Node.js, and TypeScript.

But it also has lots of extensions that support other languages like HTML, CSS, Java, C, C++, Python, PowerShell, .NET, etc.

Here are few advantages of the text editor

  • Syntax highlighting and bracket matching
  • Intellisense
  • Linting and corrections
  • Code navigation (Go to definition, find all references)
  • Debugging
  • Refactoring

Download Visual Studio Code

You can download Visual studio code from the below URL. You can download for any operating system.

download visual studio code

In the same URL, you can also scroll down and you can see vs code details:

download visual studio code

Visual Studio Code latest version

At the time of writing this blog, the latest version of the VS Code is version 1.44.

VS Code team releases a new version every month and which will be updated automatically (It will prompt you to update).

Apart from this you can also, open editor, then go to Help -> Check for updates… to see if there are any updates available.

Visual Studio Code latest version

Install Visual Studio Code

VS Code installation steps are very simple. Once you download, double click on the set up to start the installation.

You require Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.2 to install VS Code. If you are trying to install in windows 7, then make sure to install .Net framework 4.5.2, all other OS like windows 10 has the .Net framework version by default.

install visual studio code

Then it will show the installation path, click on Next.

how to install visual studio code

Then click on Install.

visual studio code installation

Once the installation is over, it will show you the Completion screen like below:

visual studio code installation steps

Now the installation is over and you can use the free code editor.

What is difference between Visual Studio code and Visual Studio?

Below are few difference between visual studio code and visual studio.

Visual Studio CodeVisual Studio
VS code is an editor without any GUIWhile visual studio is an IDE (Integrated Development Environment). This is a full-featured development environment
Cross-Platform and FastThis is really slow, sometime if you will try to develop solutions for SharePoint it will be very slow.
Any developer can use because supports various open source technologies.This is mostly used by the .NET developers.

Is Visual Studio code an IDE?

It is not an IDE. It is only used as a code editor, and supports few development operations like debugging, task running, and version control.

Where visual studio is a perfect IDE and works very well with C#.Net and supports various application developments.

How to open visual studio code from terminal

We can open the editor from the terminal by simply typing code . from the same folder.

code .

You can open a file, folder or a project, by executing the above command in the same folder.

Check VS Code version from Command prompt

We can easily check the visual studio code version from the command prompt by running the below command.

code --version
visual studio code version command prompt

Similarly, you can get help from the command prompt, by executing the below command.

code --help

How to Open Visual Studio Code Integrated Terminal

Apart from using the command prompt, we can also use the integrated terminal of vs code.

You can press Ctrl+` and it will open the integrated terminal like below:

visual studio code integrated terminal

Apart from this you can also go to Terminal -> New Terminal or View -> Terminal like below:

view terminal in visual studio code

This is how we can open and use the vs code integrated terminal.

In this vs code tutorial, we learned:

  • What is visual studio code
  • Download Visual Studio Code
  • Visual Studio Code latest version
  • Install Visual Studio Code
  • What is the difference between Visual Studio Code and Visual Studio?
  • Is Visual Studio code an IDE?
  • How to open visual studio code from the terminal
  • Check VS Code version from Command prompt
  • How to Open Visual Studio Code Integrated Terminal
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Bijay Kumar

I am Bijay from Odisha, India. Currently working in my own venture TSInfo Technologies in Bangalore, India. I am Microsoft Office Servers and Services (SharePoint) MVP (5 times). I works in SharePoint 2016/2013/2010, SharePoint Online Office 365 etc. Check out My MVP Profile.. I also run popular SharePoint web site SPGuides.com

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