Microsoft has made several improvements to Visual Studio Code. With the latest Visual Studio Code update (v1.72), the company provides improved customization options for the toolbar, better auto-scrolling of the editor, tree view search results, GitHub Enterprise Server authentication, and more.

For a detailed list of changes in Visual Studio Code version 1.72 (September 2022 update)continue reading further.

What’s new and improved in Visual Studio Code version 1.72 (September 2022 update)

Engineering updates

Towards “cross-descent isolation”

We made changes to enable cross-origin isolation for VS Code desktop and vscode.dev. This will enable powerful new features such as shared array buffers. Both VS Code itself, extensions and web views will benefit from this.

Cross-origin isolation is currently behind a feature flag, and enabling it may have unwanted effects on extensions and webviews that load resources from the Internet. You can read more about this in Why you need “cross-origin isolated” for powerful features. We would like to hear your feedback in time.

Improved startup performance

We saved design time at this stage to improve the startup time it takes from starting VS Code to seeing a blinking cursor in the text editor. We always monitor our performance data and noticed a slight degradation at the end of the last stage that we wanted to address.

It was a team effort where everyone made different changes to the source code. A few highlights are mentioned here.

Faster PR checks

For pull requests, we run automated unit, integration, and smoke testing. This all happens in parallel, but each step requires our TypeScript sources to be transpiled into JavaScript code. We originally used the TypeScript compiler for this. It emits JavaScript, but also performs type checking. The latter is time consuming and not really necessary for testing. The total time cost by which testing was delayed was about 5 minutes. We then moved to a custom transpiler-only solution that uses the TypeScript compiler API. This was much faster but still took about 2 minutes.


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