Visual Studio Codespaces will be consolidating into GitHub Codespaces and will no longer be available as of February 2021. Microsoft has provided an FAQ page for this transition.
Visual Studio Codespaces – formerly known as Visual Studio Online – allows you to create Visual Studio solutions entirely in the cloud across multiple devices. This development environment is currently in public preview.
Github now has a free basic option for teams and developers as of April 2020. More information is at their FAQ and price list pages.
Microsoft will hold the worldwide Visual Studio 2019 Launch Event online on April 2nd 2019. Visual Studio extensions will also have to be updated for VS2019.
Visual Studio Live Share (VS Live Share or VSLS) is a development project tool to allow team collaborative editing of source code within Microsoft Visual Studio or Visual Studio Code. VSLS is currently in preview or pre-release mode as a Visual Studio Marketplace extension and may become a paid product in the future.
More information can be found here:
- VS Live Share – Documentation
- VS Live Share – Frequently Asked Questions
- Visual Studio Live Share Audio
- Using VS Live Share with Visual Studio
- Using VS Live Share with Visual Studio Code
- VS Live Share – Language and platform support
- Troubleshooting Visual Studio Live Share
- VS Live Share at GitHub.com
Extensions for the Microsoft Visual Studio suite of products can be found at marketplace.visualstudio.com. Extensions add support for languages not included in Visual Studio, aid in IDE development, or perform a specific task.
Some current popular extensions are:
- Developer Analytics Tools
- SQL Server, Azure SQL and SQL Data Warehouse (mssql)
- Deploy to Azure
- Go language for Visual Studio Code
- PostgreSQL for Visual Studio Code
- Visual Studio IntelliCode (productivity features for Python and Java)
- Visual Studio Live Share
- Visual Studio Pull Requests
- Visual Studio Code Remote for WSL, SSH and Docker containers
- Java Language Support (Red Hat)
- All Microsoft Visual Studio Extensions
Extensions can be free, preview, or paid. Paid extensions are often charged per user per month. Preview extensions are eventually converted to paid extensions. Extensions are either written by Microsoft, third party vendors, or individual developers.
More information can be found at code.visualstudio.com/docs/extensions/overview.
- Visual Studio Code Installation on Windows, macOS, and Linux
- Visual Studio Code Documentation
- Visual Studio Code Tips and Tricks
- Visual Studio Code Extension Marketplace
- PowerShell in Visual Studio Code
- Visual Studio Roadmap
- Visual Studio Developer Community
- Visual Studio Code Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows, macOS, and Linux
Java is a free widely-used programming language that was originally developed by Sun Microsystems and now managed by Oracle. Java version 10 was recently released on March 20th 2018.