Today, thanks to the Code for IBM i and ARCAD for DevOps extensions, VS Code is now production-grade on IBM i. VS Code improves productivity and quality of traditional IBM I development: RPGLE and COBOL of course (but also CL, DDS, CMD, etc.) with multiple tools to analyze code, debug, refactor, build, test, and deploy.
VS Code offers some key advantages to IBM i developers:
VS Code is managed locally, so every developer is free to extend VS Code with any language or framework they choose; this is a level of freedom and flexibility expected by the modern developer today.
Many new open-source extensions are being developed by the IBM i community, providing access to a wealth of knowledge and resources for developers