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Generate a C# project from Visual Studio Code

06 May 2021 • 2 minutes

Written by Eban Escott

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Codebots has launched a new product offering called Generate that is now available right within Visual Studio Code. Software developers can generate a full-stack C# application shaving weeks off their usual development time.

As of May the 4th, 2021, software developers can now use Codebots to generate a C# project from arguably the worlds most popular IDE, Visual Studio Code. In the 2019 Stack Overflow survey, Visual Studio Code came 1st with a majority of 50.7%.

IDE’s (Integrated Development Environment’s) are one of the main tools that software developers use to code. An IDE will have a source code editor and lots of great extensions and features available to the developer.

Codebots is the first Microsoft Startup that has released into the Visual Studio Code marketplace. You can install the C# Generator extension now. And we might be biased, but it looks great!


After a legendary modernisation effort by the Codebots team, we are now on a new technology stack that opens up the possibility to be included in other marketplaces as well.

“We are super proud of this achievement. The team used C#Bot to build the new product and this is the same bot you can use for your application! Very meta.” Leo Mylonas, Head of Technology at Codebots.

Being part of the Microsoft for Startups program has had lots of benefits. The program not only provides $120k USD Azure credits over 2 years, but also provides access to a number of technical and consultant resources to help startups.

“I am proud of Codebots achievement of being the first Microsoft for Startups portfolio company that has a solution listed on the VS Code marketplace. This is testament to their engineering expertise and forward thinking approach to reach new markets.” Justin Annesley, Head Deal Flow & GTM Manager (APAC) at Microsoft for Startups.

Visual Studio Code has a marketplace of extensions that developers can install and use within their workflows. The extensions offer all sorts of functionality ranging from formatting, refactoring to versioning.

“VS Code is such a major part of my daily development workflow bringing all of development tools together. It is exciting to see Codebots bought into the fold!” Kellie Lutze, Bot Squad Lead at WorkingMouse.

On another scale, Visual Studio Code ranked as the 4th most popular IDE on PYPL’s index with an estimated 10.03% share of the market. Its rise in popularity is seen by an increase of 3.3% over the last year.

Rank IDE Share Trend
1 Visual Studio 27.37 % +2.8 %
2 Eclipse 15.94 % -1.4 %
3 Android Studio 10.04 % -5.5 %
4 Visual Studio Code 10.03 % +3.3 %
5 pyCharm 7.69 % +1.7 %
6 IntelliJ 5.82 % +0.4 %
7 NetBeans 5.58 % -0.2 %
8 Sublime Text 3.79 % -0.1 %
9 Atom 3.51 % +0.1 %
10 Xcode 3.42 % -1.1 %

Microsoft’s other IDE, Visual Studio, ranks 1st with over one quarter of the share. And on the 2019 Stack Overflow survey, came in 2nd behind Visual Studio Code. Again, showing the market popularity of the Microsoft products.

We are currently working towards launching on Visual Studio and possibly Eclipse in the future as well, which would be a good alignment for our Java-based code generator known as SpringBot.

If you wanted to try out Generate on Visual Studio Code simply head here.

Eban Escott

Written by Eban Escott

Founder of Codebots

Dr Eban Escott received his Doctorate from UQ (2013) in Model-Driven Engineering and his Masters from QUT (2004) in Artificial Intelligence. He is an advocate of using models as first class artefacts in software engineering and creating not just technologies, but methodologies that enhance the quality of life for software engineers.