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Hacking VS Code: Write Your First Extension for Visual Studio Code

by Jeff Ammons

All software developers need a robust text editor, like Visual Studio Code, to modify and extend to perfectly meet their specific needs. This course will teach you how extend your text editor to help you become a better developer.

What you'll learn

Anyone who writes code will benefit from learning to customize the cross-platform text editor Code. Visual Studio Code from Microsoft gives you lots of options, from simply adding some snippets, to writing and sharing robust extensions that add powerful new functionality. In this course, Hacking VS Code: Write Your First Extension for Visual Studio Code, you'll learn how to build and distribute your first extension. You'll learn to speed your development by creating snippets customized to the file type being edited. Next, you'll add your extension's command to the Code command set and take a look at how to debug an extension. Finally, you'll learn how to use the packaging tool from Microsoft to bundle up your extension, submit it to the marketplace, and then finish by taking a quick look at versioning your extension. When you're finished with this course, you will have a solid understanding of writing extensions using Visual Studio Code, giving you the ability to extend your text editor to perfectly meet your specific needs.

About the author

Jeff has been passionate about and active in software for over 25 years. Currently he is CEO and Chief Instructor at Code Career Academy ( and runs the Gwinnett Georgia, Microsoft User Group ( Jeff is a Microsoft MVP in Visual Studio and Development Technologies. He blogs at Jeff enjoys speaking to user groups and Code Camps about a variety of technical topics.

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