Microsoft is releasing a new way for developers to build, debug and preview Cordova apps. The company has announced a new Cordova tool extension for its code editor, Visual Studio Code.

“With this extension, you can debug hybrid apps, find Cordova-specific commands in the Command Palette, and use IntelliSense to browse objects, functions, and parameters,” wrote Ryan J. Salva, principal program manager for Microsoft’s Visual Studio client tools, in a blog post.

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According to him, developers can use the extension with both “stock” versions of Apache Cordova framework, and other frameworks such as Ionic, Onsen, PhoneGap and SAP Fiori mobile client. They can also adapt it to the JavaScript framework of their choice.

The Cordova Tools extension is available through Visual Studio Code for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows.

The company also announced the tool extension is open-source, giving developers the ability to track issues and submit pull requests.

“We invite you all to join in our journey to grow an active community of Cordova developers to build amazing apps using [Visual Studio’s Tools for Apache Cordova (TACO)]. Tell us what you’d like to see, and whether you are interested in testing pre-release versions of TACO,” Salva wrote.

More information is available here.