PICO-8 Easier development with Visual Studio
Hello Retro Devs!
Note: this article is definitely adressing noobs/beginners and people that have difficulty with coding but are perseverant enough to try and keep going.
In the last article, we installed external packages for Atom.
Today I want to show you guys how to do the same with Visual Studio Code, with an extra nice little feature that helps very much.
So, Microsoft Visual Studio Code is free, so anyone can download and install it.
1- VS Code
2- The Extensions
You will bebrought to the Marketplace. Type "Pico8" in the search bar. You will see several results.
3- The Outliner
I also highly recommend pico8-simple-outline by Anthony Villena. This extension is the reason why I switched from Atom to VS Code. It allows you to display a list of all the functions in your project, and acces their definition by clicking on them.
It is an invaluable time saver, and it also helped me thinkinb about organize my code a little better.
4- Pico8's UI in VS Code
Finally, the last one, cherry on the cake is pico8-theme by Ian J Sikes. Same as the pico8UI in Atom, this will change VSCode Ui to a similar set of colors than Pico8. I think it's fun, but the bloody red is a bit aggressive on my eyes imo :p.
That's all folks! I hope you enjoyed it and that it was useful to you. Don't hesitate to share your tips and tricks in the comments!
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