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Visual Studio Code provides developers with a new tool for developers that combines the simplicity and streamlined experience of a code editor with the best of what developers need for their core code-edit-debug cycle. Create and debug modern web and cloud applications with Visual Studio Code which is free and available on Linux, Mac OSX, and Windows.

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Visual Studio CODE (VS Code) is a recent addition to my developers toolbox. It is a cross-platform code editor with many features to enable the creation, editing and debugging of programs with support for numerous languages.

https://code.visualstudio.com/Docs/languages

VS Code includes an integrated debugger currently with support for Node.js while others are planned in the future.

For languages such as JavaScript, JSON, HTML, CSS, Less, Sass, C# and TypeScript, VS Code provides a true IntelliSense service.

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As an added bonus, VS Code runs on Mac, Linux, and Windows.

Compared to the previous code-editors I’ve used, VS Code looks as though it could be the next one for me!

Find out all the details about VS Code at:

https://code.visualstudio.com/

Previous code-editors I’ve used

Sometimes you don’t need, or require, a full IDE when writing your latest application and you are looking for something which is simple to use and doesn’t require lots of resources. Prior to VS Code I have used numerous different code editors and IDE’s.

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I started using PFE (Programmers File Editor) in the early 90’s and although I still have it today, it remains hardly used and I tend to keep it around for nostalgic purposes. A very basic editor (e.g. no code highlighting) but it worked well for me. The program is still working (with Microsot Windows 7 64 bit) and was last released in February 1999 as version 1.01 It is no longer supported/developed but at the time of writing (July 2015), it can still be obtained from

http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/~steveb/cpaap/pfe/pfefiles.htm

Later on I migrated to using Notepad++, which is still part of my toolkit and I use it on a daily basis.

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Notepad++ is a free source code editor (and replacement for Windows Notepad) which supports several programming languages and runs under Microsoft Windows. Simple but effective.

Available from

https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

For a bit more and functionality, I use Komodo Edit.

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This is a free, open-source, cut down version of the full Komodo developers IDE. Supported languages include Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby and Tcl; plus support for browser-side code including JavaScript, CSS, HTML and XML. Background syntax checking and syntax coloring catch errors immediately, while autocomplete and calltips guide you as you write. Available on Linux, Mac OS X and Windows at version 9.1.0 and can be obtained from

http://komodoide.com/komodo-edit/