· Oct 18, 2022

Status of IDE's for ObjectScript development

Context: Ensemble development with ObjectScript in a healthcare context - lots of HL7, and some web service stuff. We've used Studio up till now, alongside a lot of leaning on an external developer, but are expanding our team and doing more in-house. We are wondering about Visual Studio Code - not least because it looks easier to hook up to source management solutions. And we've noticed that the test environments that you get connected to when doing many of the online training courses on give you a Visual Studio Code environment. At some point we are likely to shift from Cache 2018 to Iris. Is there a roadmap for the IDEs and which are recommented/supported? What will we lose/miss if we shift from Studio to Visual Studio Code? Can the two be used alongside each other? Do the class templates from Studio exist when creating new classes in Visual Studio Code? Oh, and where does Atelier fit in? Windows environment.

Product version: Caché 2018.1
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@Colin Brough - all great questions!  I'll provide some thoughts and I am sure others will chime in as well.  One question that I have which may impact the answers is what your current source control approach is?  Are you using serverside source control hooks with Studio or some other approach?

  • Take Atelier off the list and drop it from consideration... it is deprecated new work shouldn't be started with it
  • VSCode is the path forward for InterSystems technologies; it used the Atelier REST APIs and therefore you can use it on Caché 2018.x (originally added in 2016.2 IIRC)
  • You can typically use VSCode alongside Studio, depending on your answer to the above question about your source control approach.  If you are using no source control, or if you are using serverside source control, then Studio and VSCode can both be used against the instance in mixed mode (my team has been doing this for years)
  • I can't speak to what you lose with VSCode but I believe that at this point the answer is either 'very little' or 'nothing' for all intents and purposes
  • I can't speak to Studio Templates (hopefully someone else can weigh in)

This video may also be helpful to you: 

Hope this is a good starting point.