Published : Apr 13, 2021
NOT ON THE CURRENT EDITION
This blip is not on the current edition of the Radar. If it was on one of the last few editions, it is likely that it is still relevant. If the blip is older, it might no longer be relevant and our assessment might be different today. Unfortunately, we simply don't have the bandwidth to continuously review blips from previous editions of the Radar. Understand more
Assess Worth exploring with the goal of understanding how it will affect your enterprise.
Over the past few years Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) has come up a few times in our discussions. Although we liked what we saw, including the improvements in WSL 2, it never made it into the Radar. In this edition we want to highlight an extension for Visual Studio Code that greatly improves the experience working with WSL. Although Windows-based editors could always access files on a WSL file system, they were unaware of the isolated Linux environment. With the Remote - WSL extension, Visual Studio Code becomes aware of WSL, allowing developers to launch a Linux shell. This also enables debugging of binaries running inside WSL from Windows. Jetbrains' IntelliJ too has seen steady improvement in its support for WSL.