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New lightweight JetBrains editor makes VS code comparisons

Software development tool provider JetBrains has released a new lightweight code editor that can act as a full-fledged IDE, immediately drawing comparisons to Microsoft’s Visual Studio code.

The new Fleet Editor introduced this week is not yet available to everyone, as JetBrains restricts early access with a quota system, so only a limited number of developers can get their hands on it immediately.

It checks off many features associated with VS Code besides being “lightweight”, including a focus on collaborative development and the ability to work in remote development environments, such as the cloud or a remote machine.

Although JetBrains didn’t even mention VS Code in its November 28 announcement, many media experts immediately characterized it as a “response to Visual Studio Code”, a “response to Visual Studio Code”, a “competitor of Visual Studio Code “and so on.

However, the comparison of the VS code started with reader feedback on the post.

“Very interesting,” reads one comment. “Are you planning to make it free software (like in freedom)? As far as I’m concerned, a proprietary editor is not going to compete with VSCode, no matter how good it is. But if Fleet is free, that might make it a killer of VSCode for me, especially if you bundle a free C # debugger. ”

Of course, VS Code, although based on open source code, is not a pure open source product, although it is free to use. To the above comment, one reader replied that: “VSCode is free as in beer, but not free as in freedom. Nonetheless, I think its success is due in large part to the fact that it is free to use. use even though it is not free, so I would also like Fleet to be free to use. ”

JetBrains hasn’t commented on pricing, but it does charge its other IDEs, including its .NET IDE, Rider. The IntelliJ IDEA product, however, is available in a free community edition and is based on open source code.

Fleet architecture
[Click on image for larger view.] Fleet architecture (source: JetBrains).

Fleet currently supports eight major programming languages, including Microsoft’s TypeScript, and plans to add support for four more soon, including Microsoft’s C #. It now supports Python, which might be the most widely used programming language among VS coders (at least the Python extension is by far the most installed VS Code extension).

As for the IDE functionality mentioned above, it works a little differently from VS code, which can be extended in terms of functionality by a huge library of extensions that can tackle almost any task imaginable. However, JetBrains says Fleet is turned into an IDE with a single click of a button that puts it into smart mode.

“When you first launch Fleet, it starts up as a full-fledged editor that provides syntax highlighting, simple code completion and everything you’d expect from an editor,” JetBrains said. “But wait, there is more!

“Fleet is also a fully functional IDE bringing smart completion, refactorings, navigation, debugging, and everything else you’re used to having in an IDE, all with one click.”

It’s shown in this animated GIF:

Intelligent Fleet Mode
[Click on image for larger, animated GIF view.] Fleet Smart mode in lively action (source: JetBrains).

The above screenshot of this GIF also shows the visual resemblance to VS Code, which looks like this:

VS code
[Click on image for larger view.] VS code (source: Microsoft).

“What we’re going to deliver with Fleet is a different experience for those who sometimes just want an editor but also a full-fledged IDE, those who want to use a single tool as opposed to specialized tools, and of course for those some scenarios that some of our existing IDEs may not meet when it comes to distributed development, “said JetBrains.” And that brings us to a very important point: Fleet is not replacing our existing tools but adding additional choice. ‘invest in all of our FDI, and Fleet will use these advancements. ”

More information can be found in the architecture overview. The application form to try Fleet can be found here (but don’t expect much: JetBrains tweeted today that it received “80K requests in 30 hours!”).

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David Ramel is editor and writer for Converge360.


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