Building Visual Studio Code
On MacOS High Sierra
Building Visual Studio Code is quite the interesting process, mostly because the dependencies differ in obtainability between operating systems. For this article, I’m going through the process on MacOS High Sierra since it will be primary development machine for upcoming bug fixes, code improvements and contributions to Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code.
Visual Studio Code requires the following prerequisites, Git, NodeJS, Python, GCC, Make, and Yarn. Of all the dependencies for this project, Yarn required me to use homebrew for installation, which is supposed to be as simple as
brew install yarn if you have it configured correctly. I didn’t, so following the excellent single step found here https://brew.sh helped set up and configure Homebrew on MacOS. Finally, running through the CLI
yarn will install all other dependencies over the course of an hour depending on your internet connection.
Building & Launching A Development Instance of Code
After installing all dependencies, the setup guide simply says to run
yarn run watch which will compile and build Code. From there, if you see no errors or warnings you’re good to proceed!
Right now, I’m looking into bugs relating to Visual Studio Code’s Color Picker, which is a front-end developers best friend when it comes to writing CSS Framework overrides and theme templates. Currently, I’m exploring the following potential bugs:
- [REQUEST] Color Picker support from command pallet
- Provide different settings for color picker and that square showing color
- Color picker: dismissing the picker with ESC should not apply changes
One pattern that I’m starting to discover among many of the bugs reported, is a lack of administration among the various domains. Bugs have been fixed, merged, etc, the tickets themselves remain open and untouched. More research is being conducted to discover bugs which line up with my interests and end goals, worst case being moving to a different domain of the project, or trying to find a different open source project to contribute to such as Angular Material https://material.angular.io.