Visual Studio Code Server untethers developers from their workstations

Microsoft has tossed its hat into the increasingly crowded ring of code-

anywhere developer tools with a private preview of Visual Studio Code Server.

The product follows the Remote Development extensions for Visual Studio Code,

which permitted apps to be developed using a local copy of the IDE and a "remote" Windows Subsystem for Linux.

Running on machines managed over SSH followed a year later and most

recently GitHub Codespaces and Visual Studio Code for the Web turned up.

While the latter two require surrender to the tender mercies of Microsoft or its code-shack GitHub,

the release of Visual Studio Code Server (the backend service that makes the magic happen)

means that you can pop the server on your developer workstation (or Virtual Machine in the cloud)