Installing Visual Studio Code Editor on a Mac
January 8th, 2018
I resisted switching to Microsoft‘s Visual Studio Code for quite a
while. Partly because I didn’t want to pay for yet another editor. I had already
paid for Sublime Text to upgrade to V3 and get full benefits. I ended up
not liking it anyway! Then I had WebStorm which I got because I already
had PHP Storm and liked it for WordPress development. Paid for that
too. I mainly ended up working with the free code editor
Atom, however. I loved it because of its
Git. And the Github team created it, so that made it even more
appealing. I have been deploying virtually all my Github repos to
gh-pages, so using Atom just made sense to me.
But I found that Atom was becoming VERY SLOW. The bigger my projects
got, the slower it became. Then I also noticed that sometimes when I switched
branches, on switching, some files did not close. They would remain open and
unsaved when switching back to master. It got confusing and potentially
dangerous, because I would not know what was what. But this had never happened
before. Probably I had upgraded Atom, and the setting related to this issue had
gone away. That is another thing that I did not like about Atom. When one
upgraded to the latest version, certain, but not all, settings would revert to
default. I subsequently found out that there is a setting called
Close File Deleted Tabs in
Core Settings that makes sure that deleted
files actually close. That helped. But in my case what was also
happening, was that certain changes didn’t seem to transfer over locally on a
git merge even though they showed up remotely! That’s because Atom was
becoming SO SLOW. SO I knew that at least for bigger projects, I would have to
start using something else.
Webstorm does not have the greatest UI. It also does not have the greatest assortment of plugins. But, it is really great for remote deployment, especially to hosting services. Connecting with FTPs is a snap and things like that. So I will definitely continue to use it for specific purposes. But I had to find something that would improve upon my daily development code editor experience. In desperation, I decided to check out Microsoft‘s Visual Studio Code. To my amazement, I found that the editor itself is 100% FREE! I had been under the impression that I had to pay for it. But that is not the case. So I immediately downloaded it and installed it. I am writing this blog post with it right now.
Visual Studio Code is available now for Mac. I know that in the past it was not. There is great documentation to get you started on a Mac. You can also sign up for Visual Studio Dev Essentials. However, if you already subscribe to a Microsoft product,** i.e., *Office 365\* (I do), all you have to do is sign in with those credentials.
Have fun coding with Visual Studio Code!