Visual Studio Code Java Edition Now Available

Visual Studio Code Java Edition Now Available

Today, we are excited to announce that Visual Studio Code is now available for download as a Java Edition.

Previously, this has only been possible with the Enterprise Edition of Visual Studio. We’re pleased to now offer this feature to all subscribers at no additional cost!

The Java Edition provides the same rich code editing and debugging experience as the Enterprise edition and includes support for IntelliSense, project management, refactoring, version control and more.

Java developers can also debug and diagnose their applications with the full power of the Visual Studio debugger, which offers variable and call stack visualization, breakpoints (including conditional and function breakpoints), tracepoints, hit counts, and an interactive REPL window.

More information about the Java Edition of Visual Studio Code is available in our documentation. Subscribers can get started by downloading Visual Studio from our downloads page or within the Subscriptions portal.

Visual Studio Code Java Edition Now Available

Visual Studio Code is one of the most popular IDEs available in the market, and it has been making waves for some time now. The Visual Studio Code team has announced that they will be releasing a Java edition soon. The announcement was made at Microsoft’s Build 2019 conference, where they demoed the new feature.

The new release has been dubbed Visual Studio Code Java Edition. The new VS Code Java edition focuses on providing the essentials to build modern apps, including support for Maven, Gradle and Spring Boot. It also offers faster coding assistance, full debugging capabilities and support for running applications in containers and Kubernetes clusters.

It should be noted that this is not an IDE itself but rather a support system for existing java coding environments like Eclipse, IntelliJ IDEA or Netbeans.

We’re pleased to announce that Visual Studio Code Java Edition is now available. This release enables Java developers to get started with the latest, stable release of VS Code and bring all the features they love over to Java development, including:

Code IntelliSense: VS Code provides smart completions based on variable types, function definitions, and imported modules.

Debugging: Attach a debugger to your Java process or start a debugging session from main().

Code Navigation: Jump between files, methods, and symbols in your codebase with Go to Definition and Peek Definition.

Extensibility: Choose from thousands of extensions that add support for additional languages, debuggers, linters, test frameworks and more.

To get started, download the new Java Extension Pack which includes the Language Support for Java(TM) by Red Hat extension along with three useful extensions for working with Maven, Tomcat and Checkstyle. You can also install these extensions individually from the Extensions view (Cmd+Shift+X) by searching for their names in the Marketplace search box.

We are pleased to announce the release of the Java edition of Visual Studio Code. Open source and available on GitHub, VS Code is a new type of tool that combines the simplicity of a code editor with what developers need for their core edit-build-debug cycle. Code provides comprehensive editing and debugging support, an extensibility model, and lightweight integration with existing tools.

Java developers can use VS Code to develop applications for many environments, such as:


Cloud Foundry


Google Cloud Platform


Pivotal Web Services (PWS)

With this release, Java developers can now enjoy a similar experience when developing Java applications.

The Java edition of VS Code offers:

Syntax highlighting and bracket matching.

Snippets for commonly used constructs and imports.

Semantic error checking using the Language Server Protocol and Eclipse JDT Language Server.

Debugger for stand-alone Java applications (both local file debugging and remote debugging).

Excellent performance and memory consumption due to lightweight client/server architecture based on RSP (Remote Server Protocol) framework.

Tested on OpenJDK 8/9, Oracle JDK 8/9, AdoptOpen

As part of the December version 1.42 release, Visual Studio Code Java Edition (VS Code) is now available as a fully supported product. VS Code Java Edition includes support for Java 11, advanced code completion and refactoring, testing, debugging and editing features for working with Spring Boot, Maven and Gradle projects, and more.

VS Code’s easy-to-use editing and debugging tools have been helping Java developers since 2015. We’ve worked closely with the open source community to reengineer our distribution of VS Code to include the Language Support for Java(TM) by Red Hat extension and its prerequisites, along with the Debugger for Java extension. These extensions are built on top of the new lightweight Java language server that provides code navigation and completion out of the box.

This significantly reduces the download size and setup time while improving performance. The integrated debugger also supports common hotkeys like F5 to run your application directly from VS Code without having to create a “Run Configuration” first.

The Java Edition of Visual Studio Code, code-named “VSCodium,” finally hit version 1.0 this week. Adopting the same open-source model as VSCode, VSCodium has been created to be a fully compatible replacement for Microsoft’s proprietary editor, which means that you can use its extensions in the open-source version and vice versa.

The latest release is a big step forward for VSCodium, with the addition of support for the Language Server Protocol, enabling the editor to work with many popular languages including Java, JavaScript/TypeScript, C

The Microsoft Java Language Server has been open sourced and is now available for Java projects in Visual Studio Code. The VS Code team states that this new release was made possible thanks to the collaboration of several engineers from Red Hat.

The Java Language Server is a core component of the Java Extension Pack, and it provides features like code completion, code actions, code navigation, and refactoring. This language server also works with Eclipse JDT Language Server (a Java language server developed by Eclipse). The two language servers can be used together to provide better support for code completion and other Java-related features in Visual Studio Code.

The Microsoft Java Language Server is written in TypeScript and implements the Language Server Protocol. It uses the Eclipse JDT Core APIs to perform its tasks.

The Java Extension Pack also includes Maven for managing project build, testing, and dependency management; Tomcat for creating a local server environment; and checkstyle for tracking coding styles and potential errors. In addition, it provides support for debugging your applications with Visual Studio Code.

Microsofts announcement comes after they recently shut down their experimental Excel add-in service on GitHub called Excel JavaScript API that allowed users to write add-ins using HTML5, JavaScript and CSS 3.

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