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VS Code introduces a package installer for Java developers

Sarah Schlothauer
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News for Java developers: VS Code announced a new installer for Java. The package auto detects if you have the most recent components and installs and configures stable version of Java tools with the press of a button. Will you be giving VS Code a try or do you prefer another code editor?

Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code remains a fan favorite for code editing. According to the results of the Stack Overflow 2019 developer survey, it is currently the most popular development environment, beating out big names like IntelliJ and Vim. When we interviewed Erich Gamma, Microsoft Distinguished Engineer back in 2016, he stated: “Our goal is quite simple: We want VS Code to become the most popular code editor”. Goal achieved!

Now, Java developers receive some favorable news as it heads down the development roadmap. On June 14th, 2019 VS Code announced a new Visual Studio Code installer for Java developers.

Read on and see what this installer includes.

Java pack installer

According to the announcement post, the package automatically detects if you have up-to-date components and installs and configures stable versions of Java tools “from trusted online sources” if needed.

It can be used as a clean install or as a way to update your already existing tools. As seen in the image below, it then suggests actions to take and installs the updates with the click of a button.

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Visual Studio Code Java package installer example. Source.

This package makes it easy for Java devs to get started using VS Code and gives developers a broader choice of environments to use. If you’ve been considering using it, now would be an ideal time to begin your journey.

Get started

Prerequisites include the Java SE Development Kit (JDK). Visual Studio Code supports major versions up to Java 12. VS Code recommends installing the Java Extension Pack, which includes popular and commonly used extensions including:

  • Language Support for Java™ by Red Hat
  • Debugger for Java
  • Java Test Runner
  • Maven Project Explorer
  • Java Dependency Viewer
  • Visual Studio IntelliCode

Users can download the package via the link to the .exe in the announcement blog.

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Refer to the official tutorial for how to write a Hello World in roughly a minute. Or, watch the demo video and follow along.

Currently, the VS Code installer for Java is only available for Windows. According to the documentation, a macOS version will arrive in a future update, so interested macOS users should keep their eyes open for upcoming news.

Let us know in the comments: Will you give VS Code a try or do you prefer another code editor?

Sarah Schlothauer

Sarah Schlothauer

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Sarah Schlothauer is the editor for She received her Bachelor's degree from Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey. She currently lives in Frankfurt, Germany with her husband and cat where she enjoys reading, writing, and medieval reenactment. She is also the editor for Conditio Humana, an online magazine about ethics, AI, and technology.

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