Monday Coffee 2017-05-22

I hope everyone had a good weekend. I spent mine watching probably the most dismal performance of rugby I’ve seen for a long time but there’s still a bunch of matches on before the end of the season so fingers crossed for the next one (not to mention the Lions Tour coming up).

Anyway, I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about Microsoft’s new coding environment Visual Studio Code so bit the bullet last Friday and downloaded it.

I’ve used multiple editors for coding over the years (sublime, atom, powershell plus etc.) but I’ve always ended up back with either Notepad++ or the built-in powershell ISE that comes with Windows. Not sure why but I guess when it comes down to it, all I want is a simple editor that I can configure with minimal fuss. Or maybe it’s just the fact that I don’t write a lot of code, so a simple text editor and SSMS is all I really need.

That’s been changing over the last year, I’ve been working with containers a lot and I’m finding that I’m spending more and more time write powershell code. So I guess it was time to try out Microsoft’s stab at a code editor (it’s been out for a while, and my friend Rob Sewell uses it extensively).

First impressions? I like it, it’s easy to get to grips with and has a really cool feature called Zen Mode that allows you to focus solely on writing code. I’ve also installed the mssql extension but I’m not sure I’ll be using that much, it would be very hard to see what advantages it has over SSMS but I’ll give it a whirl and see how it goes.

Have a good week!

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