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Visual Studio Code Supports ECMAscript 6

An update to Microsoft's cross-platform code editor adds support for the popular scripting language.

ECMA International, the organization that governs ECMAscript, last month finally approved the final version of the language upon which JavaScript is based. ECMAscript 2015, also known as ECMAscript 6 and even ES 6, is already fully supported in TypeScript 1.5 (the version in the latest Visual Studio RC) feature for feature.

And now ES6 is a big part of the update to the Visual Studio Code preview that was released last week, according to a blog post last week from Microsoft's Sean McBreen: "This is a pretty cool update that includes a set of requested features - the most prominent of which is ES6 support." The list of supported ES6 features is extensive, but a sample includes classes, arrows, template strings, Rest/spread operators, object-literals, proxies, and symbols. McBreen notes that "super-references in deriving object-literals is still on our plate."

The Visual Studio team also made several improvements to Visual Studio Code 0.5.0, including a large number dealing with file-handling, editor options that allow for removing trailing whitespace and search filters; improvements in Git interaction; snippet support for common languages like Python and Rust; and improvements in the debugger that inlcudes watched expressions, to name a few.

The update can be downloaded here.

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