Visual Studio Code Gets Java Refactorings, Semantic Selection

Microsoft has updated the Java functionality found in its popular open source, cross-platform Visual Studio Code editor.

The latest monthly update of VS Code Java functionality includes new refactoring capabilities, support for Semantic Selection (or Smart Selection) and more.

Each month Microsoft developers update Java in Visual Studio Code, with functionality provided by an extension pack and a new installer. These tools help developers get started with one of the most popular programming languages in one of the most popular development tools.

The latest monthly update, released today (July 22), contains refactoring affecting trigger renaming and converting a local variable to a field, according to a post by Xiaokai He, senior program manager.

It also provides support for semantic selection. "Smart Selection (a.k.a. Semantic Selection) is the new feature added by VS Code and now it understands Java code as well," the announcement said. "With that, you are able to expand or shrink the selection range corresponding to the semantic info of the caret position in your code."

Other enhancements were made to Maven, Grade and CheckStyle features.

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