Microsoft has today announced a preview version of Visual Studio Code (VS Code) for the Web. This essentially allows developers to use a lightweight version of the integrated development environment (IDE) directly in the browser and without downloading any installer.
Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge support the File System Access API so will allow local code files to be opened directly. Meanwhile, other browsers will have to rely on code files being uploaded and downloaded. Some scenarios included in the initial release of VS Code for the Web includes:
- Local file viewing and editing. Quickly take notes (and preview!) in Markdown. Even if you are on a restricted machine where you cannot install the full VS Code, you may still be able to use vscode.dev to view and edit local files.
- Edit your code on lower powered machines like Chromebooks, where you can't (easily) install VS Code.
- Develop on your iPad. 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.