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Visual Studio Code for Web means you can develop on your iPad

Microsoft's Visual Studio Code for the Web is in public preview. You can now develop on your iPad, Chromebook, and other places you can't install VS Code!

Jun 08, 2023 • 4 Minute Read

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Visual Studio Code for the browser is available for public preview

The developer community has embraced Visual Studio Code as the most lightweight and versatile multi-platform development IDE around. I use it for most of my coding projects myself, including the ones right here at ACG.

VS Code is part of a mission from Microsoft to bring better tools to more developers with fewer hurdles. It is free, runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, and now also the in your browser. What's that mean for you?


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From this week, you can try out for yourself. It is a lightweight version of VS Code running fully in the browser.

With Visual Studio Code for the Web, you can open a folder on your local machine and start coding. No install required.

Using the modern File System Access API in Edge and Chrome you can develop locally, using the files already on your machine. Microsoft points out some interesting opportunities this brings:

  • Local file viewing and editing. Quickly take notes in Markdown. Even if you're on a restricted machine where you cannot install the full VS Code, you may still be able to use to view and edit local files.
  • Build client-side HTML, JavaScript, and CSS applications in conjunction with the browser tools for debugging.
  • Edit your code on lower-powered machines like Chromebooks, where you can't easily install VS Code.
  • Develop on your iPad. Yes, really! You can upload/download files (and even store them in the cloud using the Files app), as well as open repositories remotely with the built-in GitHub Repositories extension. This also works for machines without Edge or Chrome.

I am personally extremely excited about this, as it removes another barrier for bringing the best tools to developers from anywhere. Try it out today and discover all the details here.

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What else is new with Azure this week? There isn’t a new Azure certification (like last week... and the week before that.) Phew. Instead, learn more about Azure governance for Key Vault and join the IaaS community for a day of learning about resilient infrastructure in the video below!

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Next week, we're live at Microsoft Ignite. Well, not exactly live, as it is a virtual event, but Brian Roehm and I will have all the highlights for you. I'm even presenting two talks there too, which you can check out.

As we say on the A Cloud Guru team when we think all our secrets are secure in Key Vault, but then Martin has messed up the policies so we can’t leave the building: “Seek and you shall cloud”. Keep being awesome, cloud gurus!

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