Check out Visual Studio Code – a free text editor from Microsoft

Check out Visual Studio Code – a free text editor from Microsoft

500px-Visual_Studio_2013_Logo.svgCorona developers are always looking for new tools to help improve their workflow.

Many people have heard about Microsoft Visual Studio, an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for building Microsoft applications, whether it be for Windows desktop or Windows Phone.

To be clear, Visual Studio Code — the topic of this announcement — is not the same thing as Visual Studio. Rather, it’s a text editor born from the full Visual Studio IDE. Why is this important? Two reasons:

1. It runs on OS X

While the full Visual Studio IDE is a Windows-based tool, Visual Studio Code has a native version for OS X. If you’re comfortable with the IDE in Windows, you’ll feel right at home when working in OS X.

2. It supports Corona SDK

Code highlighting is part of the standard Visual Studio Code editor, and an optional extension called Corona Tools brings Corona’s documentation to the editor. Installing the extension gives you keyboard shortcuts to either open or search Corona Labs’ documentation. While this is currently a new extension with limited functionality, feel free to reach out to the developer, Tobiah Zarlez, to request additional features.

In summary

We love seeing new third-party tools being developed for Corona SDK. If you would like to see one featured on our Third-Party Tools and Services page, please let us know in the Corona forums.

Rob Miracle

Rob is the Developer Relations Manager for Corona Labs. Besides being passionate about helping other developers make great games using Corona, he is also enjoys making games in his spare time. Rob has been coding games since 1979 from personal computers to mainframes. He has over 16 years professional experience in the gaming industry.

  • Max
    Posted at 03:40h, 24 April

    Great job, nice stuff. But the app configuring routine looks like a code puzzle for the major part of the users.