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Visual Studio Code 1.34.0

An intelligent free cross-platform editor for developers

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Linux, Mac OS X, Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 17 May 2019
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Downloads To Date: 3268
Developer: Microsoft
RSS News Feed: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/vscode/rss.aspx
Twitter Feed: https://twitter.com/code
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Visual Studio Code
An intelligent free cross-platform editor for developers

Code is an early look at Microsoft's free cross-platform code editor for developers.

As you'd expect with this kind of tool, there's syntax highlighting, bracket matching and similar support for a lot of languages: C++, jade, PHP, Python, XML, Batch, F#, DockerFile, Coffee Script, Java, HandleBars, R, Objective-C, PowerShell, Luna, Visual Basic, Markdown, JavaScript, JSON, HTML, CSS, LESS, SASS, C# and TypeScript, amongst others.

That's just the start, though - Code has much more to offer. It understands the relationship between some files, for instance. Open a C# project.json file and it'll load that project plus reference projects; open a *.sln and it'll load the referenced *.csproj's and any sibling or descendant project.json-files. It can validate JavaScript files according to your preferred rules, preview Markdown files, show colour preview annotations for CSS, LESS and SASS, and gives you IntelliSense, intelligent refactoring, "find all references" and more.

Oh, and did we mention a debugger for JavaScript? Git support? Diffs? Easy integration with tools like Make, Ant, Gulp, Jake, Rake, MSBuild?

The core editor doesn't have all the extras of some of the competition (there's no line sorting here), but that's mostly because it's concentrating on the features that really matter. So for example you can open files or folders; create/ delete/ rename/ move/ use a file's context menu from within the program; display up to three editor windows side by side for comparisons; search across files; use multiple cursors, expand code snippets and more.

Version 1.34.0 brings:
    - New Windows Setup
    - Additional Themes
    - Debug Console for easy evaluation of expressions
    - Languages - JavaScript Linting as you Type
    - Languages - Experimental TypeScript 1.6 Support

Verdict:

More than a Notepad replacement, not quite a full IDE, Code is a spectacular code editor, packed with intelligent, time-saving features. Download it immediately.

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Windows 10 May 2019 Update ISO (build 1903)

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This is the latest version of Windows May 2019 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

May 2019 Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO will give you build 1903 which is the May 2019 Update.

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