What is Visual Studio Code and why Microsoft has made it free
A free download, Code downloads and installs quickly. I had it running on Windows and Mac OS within minutes of the download being released. It’s a very early release, but already includes code highlighting and code-completion features.
Demonstrated by Scott Hanselman on stage at Build 2015, Code uses open source .NET tooling to provide support for ASP.NET C# code, building on the Roslyn compiler and the Omnisharp .NET developer tools.
As well as demonstrating the Mac version, Hansleman showed Code running on Ubuntu – working with .NET code running on the recently released .NET Core release developed in conjunction with the Mono open source .NET project.
Code is designed to work with your existing tools. Microsoft provides documentation for working with ASP.NET 5, node.js, and Microsoft’s own TypeScript, as well as tools that can be used to help build and manage node.js applications.
With startups and enterprises shifting to using microservices, a free cross-platform developer tool makes a lot of sense for Microsoft. It makes it easier for developers working on Android and iOS applications to use Azure as a back-end, and helps bring their attention to both Azure App Services and Azure Fabric Services.