Microsoft´s Cordova Tools extension for Visual Studio will bring more editing options for developers, helping them utilize Apache’s mobile development framework to its full potential.
The Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova (TACO) extension will enable users to debug hybrid apps, use IntelliSense to browse objects, functions and parameters, and Cordova specific commands in the Command Palette.
Microsoft explains in its official Visual Studio blog that the TACO extension will be compatible with all of them, since downstream frameworks such as PhoneGap, Ionic, Onsen and SAP Fiori Mobile Client are based on the original Apache Cordova framework.
“In fact, you can even use Visual Studio Code on a project created with the full Visual Studio IDE. For example, imagine creating a Cordova project using Ionic templates with Visual Studio on a Windows machine, then opening it on an OS X or Linux machine using Visual Studio Code—making some edits—then continuing your work in the Visual Studio IDE.
No matter which editor you choose, you get the full benefit of debugging, IntelliSense, and language support.“
In order to get started with the Cordova Tools extension, Windows, Mac and Linux users need to download Visual Studio Code from http://code.visualstudio.com/. The Cordova Tools extension can be installed directly from within the code editor by bringing up the Command Palette (Cmd+P on Mac, Ctrl+P on Windows) and typing “>ext install cordova” and press Enter.