Re: Any chance of compiling NVDA with VSCode?

Alex Hall

Thanks for the responses, everyone. Joel, I'll give that a shot and see what happens.

I didn't really consider the libraries and packages VS installs, but it makes sense now that people point it out. After all, to make something like NVDA into an executable, it needs a bunch of DLLs for WX and other components. I remember running into some really weird problems when running py2exe on anything using WX, where I had to locate specific versions of DLL files before the packager gave me a valid executable. I guess I figured all that would be included in the code base, but it also makes sense to just rely on the IDE to provide the right files in the right places.

On Mon, May 11, 2020 at 9:34 AM Joel <Joeldodson@...> wrote:
Hi guys,

I've only recently started trying VSCode so don't take what I say as gospel...

VSCode is in the fancy code editor space as opposed to being a traditional IDE like Visual Studio or Eclipse or InteliJ or pick your poison.  It's based on ElectronJS.  It has nothing to do with the Visual Studio code base.  If you want to develop in languages other than Javascript running on NodeJS (and I think it natively supports Typescript as well), you need to install plugins.  Python, for example, is one of the most popular plugins.

Alex, look in the main github repo for NVDA,, and search for "VSCode".  It will take you to a section of the describing how to install some configuration to use VSCode for NVDA development.  You'll still need to install Visual Studio Community Edition with all the packages listed in the  I haven't tried this but would be surprised if it doesn't work.

Cheers, Joel

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So what is vs code for then? Just a quick and dirty way of writing small projects?

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From: "James Scholes" <james@...>
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Sent: Sunday, May 10, 2020 12:04 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda-devel] Any chance of compiling NVDA with VSCode?

> Pretty sure VS Code is Visual Studio in name only.  I.e. it's not a
> stripped down version of Visual Studio, it's a completely different
> codebase and application.  NVDA needs access to components which ship with
> Visual Studio, rather than the IDE itself, so this isn't likely to make
> sense.
> Regards,
> James Scholes
> On 09/05/2020 at 6:00 pm, Alex Hall wrote:
>> Hey all,
>> The official way to compile NVDA is with Visual Studio. I've never used
>> that application seriously, but in the last few months, I've come to
>> really enjoy using VSCode. Is there any chance that NVDA could be
>> compiled with VSCode instead of the full-blown Visual Studio application?
>> --
>> Alex Hall
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