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VS Code version 1.33 adds official Linux snap package

Sarah Schlothauer
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What’s new in VS Code’s monthly update? The March 2019 (version 1.33) release adds an official Linux snap package, a new accessibility improvement for screen readers, configurable IntelliSense display, and more. Check out some of the highlights.

Visual Studio Code’s monthly updates continue with their usual regularity. The March 2019 release (v1.33) of VS Code adds some new updates and fixes, including a new official snap package for Linux.

According to the 2018 Stack Overflow Developer Survey, VS Code ranked the most popular development environment. In 2019, it keeps delivering. This open source, lightweight code editor has a host of language extensions, as well as out of the box support for JavaScript, TypeScript, and Node.js.

By default, Visual Studio Code auto-updates. So without further ado, let’s see what’s new.

New updates & improvements

Here’s some of the new and noteworthy features added with the March 2019 release.

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  • Workbench improvements: Several improvements to the display make for easier navigation. Included in this release are easier display language configuration and improved source control view. Users with screen readers will also get some improved functionality with a new accessibility improvement. When VS Code detects that a screen reader is in use, it turns on simple keyboard navigation for lists.
  • IntelliSense display customization: New settings have been added that control the IntelliSense display. Use editor.suggest.filteredTypes for filtering specific types, such as keywords. Control the amount of items IntelliSense shows with editor.suggest.maxVisibleSuggestions and enable/disable icon display with editor.suggest.showIcons.
  • Default formatter selection: When working with different document formatters, define your default formatter with editor.defaultFormatter. You can also save this value in the project configuration.
  • Integrated terminal updates: ConPY now turned on by default for supported versions of Window 10 Insiders. Data parsing is now caped to 12 ms.
  • TypeScript 3.4.1: VS Code ships with TypeScript v3.4.1. and added new improvements for the language.
  • Node remote debugging: Connect the VS Code debugger to Node.js applications with Azure App Service (preview) and debug remotely.
  • Debugging: New support to display debug sessions as a tree in the UI added.
  • Fixes: This update fixes the following issues: Quick commands fuzzy search doesn’t work for text in bracketsTerminal link underlines on lines that start with \t are offsetConsole.WriteLine() does not result in an empty line anymore.

Preview features

While not yet ready for release, these features are functional. VS Code welcomes feedback on their functionality and potential issues.

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Call hierarchy preview feature. Source.

Official Linux snap package

This update comes with full support for distributing VS Code as a snap package. See Snapcraft’s blog post about this new for further information.

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The official Linux snap package allows for automatic updates for Linux users. Now Windows and macOS users are not the only ones who benefit from in-product automatic updates.

Future updates & contributing

Have an idea for a new update? Request a new feature on GitHub and maybe we will see it in next month’s update. Check out the current discussions and vote for the next feature.

Learn more about contributing to code.

Tune in next month for the next update and newest additions.

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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