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GitHub Tool Does Pull Requests from Visual Studio Code

GitHub highlighted improvements to its Visual Studio Code extension that lets developers manage pull requests from the open source code repository with a few clicks from within the code editor.

The tool, appropriately called GitHub Pull Requests, is available on the Visual Studio Code Marketplace as a preview first released last September.

Since then the dev team at GitHub (recently acquired by Microsoft) has reportedly been steadily improving the tool, and those improvements were highlighted in a Jan. 7 post on the GitHub blog site.

VS Code GitHub Pull Requests in Animated Action
[Click on image for animated GIF.] VS Code GitHub Pull Requests in Animated Action (source: GitHub).

"Over the past months the team has added even more enhancements to pull request functionality," said GitHub's Meaghan Lewis in the announcement. "Using the latest version, you can now create pull requests, leave suggested edits as a comment, and view status checks for each pull request."

Functionality includes:

  • Authenticating and connecting VS Code to GitHub
  • Listing and browsing PRs from within VS Code
  • Reviewing PRs from within VS Code with in-editor commenting
  • Validating PRs from within VS Code with easy checkouts
  • Terminal integration that enables UI and CLIs to co-exist

Lewis provided links to specific enhancements for actions such as:

On the VS Code Marketplace, the GitHub Pull Requests extension shows 51,697 installs (though 233,079 downloads) and an average 4.7 rating (5 star scale) from 15 developers who reviewed it.

Source code for the extension is on GitHub and more information is available at GitHub's VS Code site.

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David Ramel is the editor of Visual Studio Magazine.

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