How to move from VS Code to Aqua
In this section, you’ll find some tips on how to migrate from VS Code to Aqua.
If you’ve never used Aqua or other JetBrains IDEs before, getting used to new shortcuts can be challenging. Here are a few tips that can help you with that.
Switch to the VS Code keymap
If you aren’t ready to say goodbye to VS Code shortcuts just yet, you can switch to the VS Code keymap. To do so, go to VSCode or VSCode (macOS) as your default keymap, and save the changes., set
Learn Aqua shortcuts
Learning Aqua shortcuts will come in handy even if you decide to switch to another JetBrains IDE later on – the shortcuts are the same in almost all of them. Here’s what can help you learn them faster:
Memorize Aqua’s most universal shortcut – double Shift or Search Everywhere. You can use it to find any file, action, class, or symbol, and see all the matches in one place.
Install Key Promoter X – this extension helps you learn essential shortcuts while working. When you use the mouse on a button inside the IDE, Key Promoter X shows you the shortcut you could have used instead.
Set up your work environment
One of the key differences between Aqua and VS Code is that you don’t need to install a lot of extensions to make Aqua more powerful. Just about everything is already there : language support, VCS, the debugger, support for web frameworks and databases.
For a general overview of the features Aqua offers, check out this page.
Replicate common VS Code workflows
Let’s see how you can set up a few things to work like they do in VS Code.
One of the first things that you’ll notice once you download and install Aqua is that you need a project to get started.
To start with your first project, choose one of these options:
Open – Open a project stored on your machine.
New Project – Create a project using one of the predefined templates.
Get from VCS – Get an existing project from a version control system like Git or GitHub.
Once you’ve opened a project, you can start coding right away.
Search Everywhere is your replacement for VS Code’s Command Palette. You can use it to find any file, action, class, or symbol, and see all matches in one place. Open it by double-pressing Shift – we usually abbreviate this as the Shift + Shift shortcut.
Search and replace
Although Aqua’s search and replace workflow is slightly different from the one in VS Code, the principles are the same. Aqua lets you find and replace text strings within both specific files and entire projects.
To get started, selectfrom the main menu, then choose either to search only through the current file or to search across the entire project. To replace a text string, select or under the same submenu instead.
Just like VS Code, Aqua allows you to run binaries, tests, and benchmarks from the gutter.
Aqua provides various ways to run your code. Under the hood, all of them rely on run/debug configurations. By creating a custom run/debug configuraion you gain the utmost freedom and flexibility. Learn more in Run/debug configurations.
Change the defaults for the Project view
Aqua has its own Explorer, the Project view, and it works a bit differently. For instance, you need to double-click a file to open it in the editor. To change the default Project view settings, select any or all of the following options:
Open Files with Single Click – Open files in the editor with one click.
Always Select Opened File – Auto-select the file that’s currently open in the Project view.
Enable Preview Tab – Preview files you have selected in the Project view in the editor.
How to get support
You can always get in touch with our support team if you get stuck. To submit a new ticket, select here.from Aqua’s main menu. To report a bug or ask for a new feature, create a new issue