Add Visual Studio Code Support

Describe your feature request

I would like students to be able to write their code using in a Visual Studio Code like editor.

What problem(s) would this feature solve?

There are a number of features built into VSC or easily added as an extension that the current editor does not support.

Explain what you were trying to do when you came across the problem leading to this feature request

A number of things: wrap code easily in a try-catch block; create a JavaDoc comment; refactor some code into a separate method; all of this is easily done in VSC but AFAICT cannot be done with the current replit editor.

Did you try the SSH connection? I am not sure it is available for the student account but it would make sense.

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There is SSH but this is a paid feature

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That is a pity as would be the solution.

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Oh, I see, you’re talking about this – It doesn’t look like it’s part of Teams for Education.

I think for my students, what would be ideal (and what I was really hoping for) would be to replace the current replit editor with the equivalent of Codespaces, an in-the-web-browser editor with the full power and refinement of the VSC UI.

Otherwise, we’d be missing some of the best bits of replit - chat, multi-player, that magnificent history slider, etc.

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Good news! Replit extensions is coming. Right now it’s in beta but if you enable “explorer” (tests beta stuff) in your account you can try some now. Soon Replit users (I’m not certain whether all or just a specific group) will be able to create extensions that everybody else can install. There is now a #extensions category on Ask.

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