|I recently got serious about using VS Code, as I'm switching from C++ programming to MEAN programming for web sites. My--admittedly somewhat random--internet search included several sites that suggest Visual Studio Code is based on the open source Atom editor. Apparently MS forked the Atom codebase and added some features from Visual Studio. (My apologies to the development team if I have over-simplified or misrepresented their work, but the information on the pages I read was a bit vague.) You can research this yourself on the MS Visual Studio Code web site.
The two conclusions I drew from this were:
1. Think of VS Code as a new code editor from Microsoft, not a modified version of the editor in Visual Studio.
modified 14-Dec-16 17:29pm.