Visual Studio Code and AutoHotkey

2016-02-10 Update: This post is about how to get around a bug in Visual Studio Code. This bug is now fixed, and my automatic text replacement (described in this blog post), works just as well in Visual Studio Code as in other applications.

In my previous post, Use automatic text replacement to speed up your coding and typing, I explained how I use AutoHotkey on Windows and equivalent software on OS X to speed up my typing and coding.

The idea is to use software to replace some easy-to-hit keys like “->” with a special symbol like “→”.

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Live preview of website when editing in Visual Studio Code

VSCode, being extremely lightweight (at least compared to Visual Studio), does not come with its own web server. This can be a bit confusing for those of us used to just hitting F5 in Visual Studio and getting our website launch in a browser.

When using VSCode, you have to rely on the power of Node.js instead.

This is a tutorial of how to start a really small project, containing only a single HTML file in VSCode and edit it with live preview in a browser.

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Getting started with TypeScript in Visual Studio Code

This is a super short introduction to start writing TypeScript in Visual Studio Code. This tutorial is written for Windows users, but it should be roughly the same procedure for Linux and OS X users, since all these tools are cross platform.

This post is not actually about writing TypeScript, it’s just a guide to set up VSCode correctly to be able to write and compile TypeScript. Continue reading “Getting started with TypeScript in Visual Studio Code”