Visual Studio Code(VS Code) is one of the newest text editors to join the group of new powerful source code editors like Atom, Sublime Text and brackets. All of which have become extremely popular in recent years.
Visual Studio Code is currently my favorite text editor. It is cross-platform, lightweight, extensible and powerful. So of course I want to use it when working with AnyScript. In this post I will show a new AnyScript extension for VSCode, that does syntax highlighting, code folding, and snippets.
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code or VS Code is a source code editor developed by Microsoft for both Windows, Linux and MacOS. It is free, open source and includes a lot of advanced features for working with source code. It is also very customizable so users can change themes, keyboard shortcuts and much more.
VS code looks a little different from traditional Windows programs, but it is easy enough to use. The simple looks deceives. VS Code has all the same features as for example Notepad++, and if you miss a certain feature VS Code has a good extension system. So the chances are that there is a user contributed extension to help your specific need.
In the screen shoot above shows a file with AnyScript syntax highlighting. Highlighting in AnyScript files works as soon as the AnyScript extension is installed. It is easy to install. Just click the extension icon at the bottom of left sidebar and search for AnyScript. Then click install.
Syntax highlighting and code folding
Once the extension is installed the all AnyScript files will have highlighting.
THe plugin also gives you code folding, which allows you to collapse classes and folders. A feature which is really handy when working on large files.
VS hCode supports code snippets which are templates that makes it easier to write
repeating code patterns. This part isn’t fully supported by the extension yet.
But I have added few snippets for the following classes and functions:
The snippet inserter is activated by pressing
ctrl-shift-P and then writing
insert snippet. Note: you need to be in a AnyScript file to get the AnyScript
Snippets can also be inserted using the tab completer. So if you start to type
the name of the class e.g.
AnyDrawRe and press tab the snippet is inserted.
The snippets are just meant as a test, but hopefully we can have snippets for all the AnyScript classes in the future.
Help make the extension better
Here is an link to page where the extension live: https://github.com/AnyBody/vscode-anyscript. Any improvements and help is most appreciated.