Visual Studio Code 1.62 brings workbench enhancements

Visual Studio Code 1.62 brings workbench enhancements

October 2021 release of the popular open source code editor features a raft of usability improvements, while work continues on process sandboxing.

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Visual Studio Code 1.62, the latest monthly release of Microsoft’s popular code editor, is available with capabilities centering on areas such as the workbench and search icons.

Published November 4, Visual Studio Code 1.62, aka the October 2021 release, is available for download for Windows, Linux, and Mac at the project website

The new features in Visual Studio 1.62 include accessibility improvements to the Settings editor include the editor scrolling back to the top after performing a search, so the user does not end up midway through search results and after each search. Also, more UI elements within the Settings editor have the setting ID as their name.

Updates to search icons have been made so that they are now the same weight, while the match word icon is now more distinguishable from others. The parameter in the parameter hint is now highlighted and the colour can be themed via editorHoverWidget.highlightForeground.

Bracket pair guides have also been improved, with horizontal lines now outlining the scope of a bracket pair. Vertical lines now depend on indentation of the code surrounded by the bracket pair. Further, bracket pairs now can be configured for a specific programming language through settings.

In addition, developers can choose between displaying IntelliSense hovers above or below the current line and can configure how HTML attributes are completed, via a html.completion.attributeDefaultValue setting.

Delving deeper, the editor now renders Unicode directional formatting by default and shows if the domains of an extension publisher are verified by Visual Studio Marketplace.

TypeScript 4.5 support is previewed while work continues on making the Visual Studio Code workbench ready for enabling Electron process sandboxing. Visual Studio Code leverages GitHub’s Electron framework for writing cross-platform applications. 

With Visual Studio Code 1.62, efforts were made to move Node.js file services out of the workbench window and into a different process. The same was done for the file watcher, which no longer forks from the workbench window but from a different background process.

Rounding off the changes, two subsequent updates have been made to Visual Studio Code 1.62. Version 1.62.1 addresses a security issue pertaining to the use of a command-line flag with ELECTRON_RUN_AS_NODE, and version 1.62.2 addresses a number of issues pertaining to semantic highlighting, notebooks, and other features.

Visual Studio Code 1.62 also features a preview of Visual Studio Code for the Web, a zero-install experience running in the browser. The predecessor Visual Studio Code 1.6.1 was released last month.

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