Microsoft recently released a simple code editor named Visual Studio Code. At first glance it seems like a SublimeText copy, similar to Atom.io. However unlike SublimeText It has some excellent features without the need to install packages. Probably the most supprising feature is It works on windows, mac and linux.

Whilst I usually do most of my development with Visual Studio Ultimate on Windows, I occasionally like to run ubuntu (probably because I get less distractions without work emails coming through on outlook.)

So I downloaded the 64-bit linux install, (There doesn't seem to be a 32 bit version available) which was a zip with a whole lot of files. Now not being a linux guy I get excited when I can install something with using the provided install.sh file but in there case there was no install, readme or make file to be found.

Lucky there is an easier way to install it using terminal and pulling it down from the repository. You can use Ubuntu Make to download and install Visual Studio Code:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-desktop/ubuntu-make
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-make

Then install Visual Studio Code:

umake web visual-studio-code

Then click on the Visual studio icon that it automatically places on your launcher.

Give it a go and see what you think.