April topic: VSCode

Visual Studio Code is a free, cross-platform, open-source, multi-language IDE (Integrated Development Environment) with a clean interface, a powerful feature set, and an enormous ecosystem of available plugins. No matter how much you know about it currently, there’s still a huge variety of capabilities you’re not familiar with.

Jim Carr will present on VSCode and its support for dynamic languages specifically.


  • VS Code installation.
  • Using Profiles to manage IDE configurations.
  • Code snippets: built-in and custom.
  • Code Runner extension.
  • Language-specific: Python (including Jupyter, virtual environments, Django, and Flask), JavaScript, PHP, Ruby, and Perl. What’s built in, and what you can add with extensions. Features: intellisense, code navigation, syntax highlighting, formatting, linting, refactoring, and debugging.

Talk materials

Location: Innovation Hub

We’ve begun to meet in the Innovation Hub, a gorgeous new facility that’s part of the renovated Dayton Arcade complex.
Enter through the doors that face the Wright Stop Plaza bus hub.

Street parking is free in the evening. I usually park on Ludlow Street.


if for any reason coming downtown doesn’t work for you (for instance, you’ve been exposed to COVID, or you’ve converted yourself to purely digital format and now exist as a set of cloud-hosted algorithms), we’ll be online as well!

Join us at 7 PM EDT on the PyFri Discord channel, discord.gg/9SgTh3T, and click on the General voice chat link. You may need to install the Discord desktop app rather than just using the web interface.