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October 27, 2021

How to install Visual Studio Code for IBM i

By NickLitten

October 27, 2021

IBM i on Power, IDE, studio, visual, vs-code


Microsoft Visual Studio Code, “a free-editor that helps the programmer write code, helps in debugging and corrects the code using the intelli-sense method”:

Visual Studio Code is a lightweight but powerful source code editor which runs on your desktop and is available for Windows, macOS and Linux. It comes with built-in support for JavaScript, TypeScript and Node.js and has a rich ecosystem of extensions for other languages (such as C++, C#, Java, Python, PHP, Go) and runtimes (such as .NET and Unity).

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In normal terms, Visual Studio Code helps programmers to write program code in a free, open source code development environment.

Out of the box, Visual Studio Code supports almost every major programming language, for example, JavaScript, TypeScript, CSS, and HTML but more rich language extensions can be found in the VS Code Marketplace

Extend Visual Studio Code with Extensions

Extensions enable additional languages, themes, debuggers, commands, and more.

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CS Code’s extension marketplace is growing vibrant community where developers share their secret sauce to improve source code development workflow.

Want to know how to download, install and configure Visual Studio Code?

    • From the CODE website — “Code for IBM i adds a new shortcut to compile the source code you’re currently working with. To show what compile options you have, you can use the Control + E shortcut (or Command + E on Mac). This will show a dropdown with the available Actions…” 🙂

  • Very thanks Nick! I use Visual Studio Code, but now i still prefer Rdi. I’ve a problem with Visual Studio Code, when I open my member that have a CCSSID *65535. In other case, all it’s perfect. What can i do for member in CCSID *65535?

    • Hello,

      had the same Problem,
      created a new PFSRC with CCSID 273 in my case and copied the Members into the new File.
      Now it works.

  • Is there a way to preserve the dates on the source lines? I notice it clears them out after each time getting in and making changes.

  • MIght u know why I don’t have any “library list” options of any type of browsers into my iseries. I did start the TCP server…I was able to connect..but nothing is available on the explorer to the right side.

  • I use Code for IBM I also but for one client the plugin doesn’t show me the members in QSYS. It does shows me the libraries. IFS is no problem at all.
    Anybody an idea what the problem could be?

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