Visual Studio Code for C++ development on MacOS2018-12-18
I've tried lot's of c++ IDEs on MacOS X, but none of them is as powerful as VS Studio on Windows. It's always hard for me to choose an IDE before I want to write some code, as it's called the Selection phobia. Generally we have the following choose:
- Vim/Emacs (I'm familiar with VIM but it's still not an easy way, for me)
- CodeBlocks (not good maintained on MacOS)
- CodeLite (it's a good choose!)
- XCode (I just don't like it, Heavy and ugly, can't get used to it)
- QT Creator (it's useful especially when developing Qt projects)
- Eclipse CDT
- CLion (maybe the best c++ IDE on MaxOS, unfortunately does not have a free version)
1. Setup Visual Studio Code for C++ development
First we have to install Visual Studio Code, and a few extensions:
- Easy C++ projects
After installed those extensions, reload the editor to activate them. Now we can create a project:
- Choose File > Open folder to open a work directory
- Press F1 and type "c++", then select "Create new C++ project" command.
After the above steps a new project with Makefile is generated.
2. Common usage
To debug or run the project, just click the button on the bottom status bar, it's easy:
to run other commands, you could just press F1 and guess, for example, to format the code, just search "format" and then you got a choice.