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Visual Studio Code for Web gets GitHub Verified commits

Credit: Microsoft

The Visual Studio Code 1.64 release, aka the January 2022 release, brings improvements ranging from a new side panel to the ability to create auto-responses to common terminal prompts. The release also updates the web version of the code editor with support for signed GitHub commits.

Released on February 3, Visual Studio Code 1.64 is accessible from the Visual Studio Code website. the web version is previewed on vscode.dev.

With the update, commits created in the online editor are now signed and marked as verified in the GitHub UI. Maintainers can commit to pulling requests submitted from forks when using the web version of VS Code.

This is due to the new GitHub GraphQL createCommitOnBranch APIs. Additionally, the Source Control view now supports multiple selection. VS Code for the Web also bundles pre-release versions of the GitHub pull request and issues and GitHub repositories expansions.

Elsewhere with VS Code 1.64, Microsoft cites improvements in areas such as JavaScript/TypeScript. With this release, many JavaScript/TypeScript snippets have been updated to support surrounding selected text.

Other new features and enhancements in Visual Studio Code 1.64 include a layout option, panel alignment, which allows users to configure how far the bottom panel extends across a window.

This is in addition to the side panel, a surface in the workbench opposite the sidebar, where developers can host sidebar or bottom panel views. More sets of views can be seen at a time.

Meanwhile, an Audio Cues feature indicates whether the current line has certain markers, such as errors, breakpoints, or bent text boxes. These are played when the main cursor changes line or when a marker is added to the current line. Guides are enabled automatically when a screen reader is connected, but can also be enabled manually.

Going deeper, the generic debugger now supports viewing and editing binary data (aka “memory”), the built-in Markdown extension now includes the IntelliSense path for images and links while the settings editor Now searches for string value matches in string and enum parameters when searching.

The new search algorithm also prioritizes whole-word matches; if a developer uses both Java and JavaScript extensions, the Java settings will show up first when searching for “java”.

Additionally, Settings Sync can now sync user tasks and Unicode highlighting has been improved, with settings to better handle false positives.

Visual Studio Code 1.63 came out in December. It was followed by updates 1.63.1 and 1.63.2that address security issues and bugs.

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