One of my favorite editors for editing Powershell scripts is Visual Studio Code. Mircosoft’s OpenSource Code Editor, launched in 2016, is a wonderful editor and the biggest advantage is that it works on Windows, Linux and Mac.
In this article I want to show some advantages why I prefer this editor to the classic Powershell_Ise, Atom Editor and Notepad++. I also show useful addons and editor settings.
Okay first of all i’ll show you why
At the beginning I will show you the advantages of the editor:
- The editor is very fast (no lags) and it starts very fast
- The editor is with approx. 180MB installation size relatively slim in contrast to Visual Studio
- The editor supports various programming and scripting languages, which can be installed using extensions.
- Many Addons/Extensions (Debugger, DebugConsole, ColorEditors, Autocorrection, Sourcecontrol, GIT, TFS Server, Docker, various Azure Tools and Connections)
- Code can be executed within the editor.
- Integrated Terminal Console
- Many configuration options (autosave, color selection, editor behavior, code arrangement and much more).
- Command Explorer
- Various color themes for the editor itself (dark / light, much based on Visual Studio)
- Configuration can be easily done using .json files or GUI
- Has a very large user community and is strongly pushed by Microsoft.
Distinctive differences to Visual Studio Editor:
- Visual Studio Code organizes itself according to folder structures (file system) and not like Visual Studio with “Projects”
- No integrated editor for Windows WPF/Windows Form GUI’s.
- No Enterprise Debugging (CPU Runtime)
Those are my prefferd Custom Settings:
I have made the following setting in the JSON file (User Settings) to make the scripten more pleasant.