VS Code Continues Java Blitz with Bevy of New Extensions
The Visual Studio Code team clearly believes there's an appetite for a new editing tool among the Java community.
The team has continually added Java functionality to the open source, cross-platform code editor via extensions, with much attention being paid to its Debugger for Java extension, downloaded more than 451,000 times.
Microsoft's efforts to infuse Java goodness into VS Code might stem from the tremendous popularity of the Language Support for Java (preview) extension by Red Hat, with which the Java debugger works. Downloaded a whopping 2.1 million-plus times, that extension provides Java support via the Eclipse JDT Language Server implementation of the Language Server Protocol.
The Language Server Protocol, actually originated by Microsoft, "is used between a tool (the client) and a language smartness provider (the server) to integrate features like auto complete, goto definition, find all references and alike into the tool."
After introducing, open sourcing and improving the Java debugger, Microsoft continued to add more Java extensions to the Visual Studio Code Marketplace.
Last month, for example, the VS Code team announced support for the JUnit unit testing framework via the Java Test Runner extension. The lightweight test runner/debugger recognizes JUnit4 tests (support for JUnit 5 is something the team would like to explore, program manager Xiaokai He said), performs run and debug tests and lets developers view test status and run summaries.
The VS Code team also continued to improve the Java debugger, on Monday announcing the fifth update in the past three months.
And just yesterday He followed up by announcing three more Java-related extensions. They are:
"If you’re trying to find a performant editor for your Java project, please try out those new extensions and let us know what you think!" He concluded. "We plan to keep updating and releasing new extensions to make VS Code a better editor for Java." In the meantime, there are many more Java-related extensions in the Visual Studio Code Marketplace, which you can view here.
David Ramel is the editor of Visual Studio Magazine.