Settling on Vscode for Go

Soon after I reviewed GoLand, I discovered VS Code - a general purpose editor with superlative support for Go. And I have been impressed enough to stay.

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I admit, I had shied away from trying out this editor for so long even though I had heard good things about it - partly because of its Microsoft heritage (I am an old LUG guy after all), its Visual Studio heritage (a really resource hungry IDE, from a single really brief encounter several years back) and its Electron heritage (embedded browsers haven’t really impressed me in performance). 😄

But VS Code has really really impressed me.

And best of all … it … is … free!

Much as I love Pycharm, I love the Sublime Text model of pricing more - a single one time pricing for a major version, not an annual one.

And with Microsoft funding full time developers on the project, there is amazing support! Updates are frequent! I actually have an anecdote about the super support by the team.

I had tweeted sometime back about the inability to override GOPATH at the folder level, now that VS code supports workspaces with multiple folders in a workspace.

Ramya from the dev team noticed my tweet on a Sunday and I clarified the use case in a follow up tweet.

I then filed a Github issue, and within 4 hours on a weekend, she had a commit out!

I was sold. Even for a paid software this is amazing, and this is free!

I don’t like being split between editors. I already use Sublime Text 3 for my adhoc editing work (I am typing this in it right now), Pycharm for Python - both with personal licences. I can afford to have another editor for a specific language - I am not even considering the irritable matter of paying for two editors from the same company (no, the all inclusive package from them is way out of my budget). Now I am trying to see if I can move my Python work to this editor - so far it seems pretty encouraging, it has pretty good support for virtualenvs. I need to spend more time on it though - Pycharm has set a pretty high bar.

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