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VS Code

⚠️ As of September 2018, VS Code doesn't support Julia 1.0.

Extensions, User Settings, and the Command Pallete

Command Palette: Many features in VS Code are found through the Command Palette which can be accessed with Ctrl+Shift+P. Throughout, these notes on OSX the Ctrl is the button. See for more on the VS Code UI.

Extensions: Go to the Extensions tab by clicking on the left side of VS Code, or Ctrl+Shift+X. To find an extenion, type in part of the name into Search Extensions in Marketplace. Alternatively, you can directly click "Install" button on the web links in the VS Code Marketplace

User Settings: To edit Settings in VS Code, open up the user settings with Ctrl+, or opening up the command palette and starting to type User Settings.To find a particular settings, start typing in the name of the setting, extension, etc. Once you find it, you can select the Edit icon next to a particular setting to copy it to your local settings, and change it.

General Setup

  1. Install VS Code
  2. Optional: Install Markdown All in One
    • Not required, but a good idea since Markdown is pervasive
    • For TOC compatability with github, go to the User Settings with Ctrl+, and then set "markdown.extension.toc.githubCompatibility": true
    • To have it show a preview immediately when you open one of the files, set"markdown.extension.preview.autoShowPreviewToSide": true
  3. Optional: Install Markdown PDF to export markdown
  4. Optional: It is convenient to globally change the word wrap, so choose Ctrl+, and then set "editor.wordWrap": "on"
  5. Optional: It is convenient to make VSCode reload files automatically when loaded externally. To do this, so choose Ctrl+, and then set "files.useExperimentalFileWatcher": true
  6. Optional: Never use CRLF to end lines. Choose the settings to Files.eol as LF or "files.eol": "\n"
  7. Optional: Install the GitLens extension.

Github Integration

  • If you are working on a cloned repository, you can see changes in the Source Control tab, or with Ctrl+Shift+G.
  • This will show you changes to the files, etc. It will let you Commit with a message as well.
  • The left hand side of the bottom bar on VS Code (or the Git repository in this tab) will let you Pull/Push/Sync
  • A simple Tutorial with more detail in Using Version Control in VS Code

Setup for Latex

  1. If you just did the Julia setup, perhaps restart so you don't have the same windows cluttered.
  2. Optional: While TeXLive already has it, if you have installed MikTex on Windows, you will need to manually setup SyncTex:
    • Download kpathsea630.dll
    • Download synctex.exe
    • And place both of them in the miktex binaries folder, e.g. C:\Program Files\MiKTeX 2.9\miktex\bin\x64
  3. Install the following packages in VS Code (clicking on them or using Ctrl+Shift+X to get the extensions)
  1. At this point, you should be able to open a test latex file. Create a test.tex file with something like
  1. Then go Ctrl+Alt+B to build the file then Ctrl+Alt+V to get the PDF preview.

  2. If you make a change in the latex (e.g. change to TESTS) and save, if should automatically update the PDF.

  3. Optional: Many latex packages require a compilation settings with shell access.

    • To do this, open up the user settings, Ctrl+, and start searching for latex-workshop.latex.magic.args
    • Copy it to the USER SETTINGS and modify, adding in a "-shell-escape", line. It should look something like,
    "latex-workshop.latex.magic.args": [
    • These settings are used whenever the magic comments are used in the latex file, e.g.
    % !TEX program = pdflatex
    % !BIB program = bibtex
  4. Optional: For less irritating error messages, change to "": false and "": false

  5. Optional: To disable "preview mode" for newly opened files, workbench.editor.enablePreviewFromQuickOpen: false

Other Links and Material

  • Settings Sync is an extension to maintain settings between different computers. A little complicated to setup
  • is another package... not sure it is useful for Julia or Python
  • In the menu, go to Help/Interactive Playground to see features such as Multi-Cursor Editing, etc.
  • Lots of places in VSCode, you're asked to describe things in a format called JSON (snippets, preferences, etc.) If this format is unfamiliar to you, this site provides a friendly tutorial.