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Should I even be using theia?

February 11, 2020 at 9:39pm

Should I even be using theia?

February 11, 2020 at 9:39pm
Currently, I am using (and dutifully paying for..sigh) IntelliJ. I don't even write Java. I can normally be found writing one of PHP, JS (er, typescript), C, and currently trying to break into rust.
I am aware of the ability to run vscode on a remote server. My main thing is just being able to run various things on a remote server - as well as better C Language support than IntelliJ (their PHP and JS support is pretty nice, but whoo-wee the C support is terrible).
I've installed Theia and messed with it a couple of times and the cdr/vscode project last night. They both kind of seem like they have a lot of small differences. Now, I'm a developer obviously so it's not like an IDE that's a little buggy scares me - but is there a high level overview of the differences between Theia and Vscode thus far?
This isn't really my specific question ... But I'm more-or-less asking, for example, what is the cause of the "little differences" such as Vscode's preferences being much nicer looking? -- is it something that can be ported over? .. if not, it's not like I couldn't spend a couple of weekends hacking away and see where it got me.
Same thing for a extension marketplace. Is Theia ever going to have one, or is it going to remain a "IDE Builder" type project? .. I noted that the cdr/vscode project did not use Microsoft's extension marketplace, although frankly I couldn't find any Terms of Services that prohibited accessing it from unofficial builds of vscode.

February 11, 2020 at 9:55pm
Hi, about the preference dialogue, there is something on the way: https://github.com/eclipse-theia/theia/pull/7105 same for the marketplace: https://projects.eclipse.org/projects/ecd.openvsx About the terms of use: VS Code Marketplace actually forbids exactly that. Any finally about the differences between VS Code and Theia, see here: https://eclipsesource.com/blogs/2019/12/06/the-eclipse-theia-ide-vs-vs-code/
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Perfect! Thanks for the info. I checked the FAQ's from top to bottom, I didn't think to check the blog.
Thanks again.

February 12, 2020 at 5:55am
We are working hard to bring the marketplace. The release date for Theia 1.0 is 26 March and we should have it by then populated by most important VS Code extensions.
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We will try to eliminate differences, but there are always will be some, at the end we reuse their tech to build IDE platform not to clone VS Code.
It would help if you file issues for concrete difference that we can judge later what is important by upvotes for instance.