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I'm Burke. Cloud Developer Advocate at Microsoft, creator of the site and co-host of the YouTube show "Five Things". Ask me anything!

Started on March 7, 2019 7:00 PM

Hi there, Hashnode! My name is Burke Holland and I just shoved the entirety of my life's work into the title of this AMA. Maybe they can put it on my tombstone. Minus the "Ask me anything".

So what do you want to talk about? VS Code? The not-so-glamorous life of a Developer Advocate? The time I ate Goo Goo Clusters with Jessie Frazelle? I am here to answer any and all of your questions, so ask me some tough ones. You know, the ones you want to ask, but never do. Ask THOSE questions. What could go wrong?

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Hi, great thing doing this AMA.

Now that I've switched from Atom to Code a couple of months ago, I have the idea that Code is getting a lot of attention and (justly) praise lately.

Is that just me in my new shiny Code bubble (seeing red VW's everywhere now that I drive one myself)? Or is there an eleborate Code campaign running?

Hey! My first question. Hi Jos!

I think the question is "why is Code so popular? Is MSFT running a big Code campaign"?

I would say that Code is popular for two reasons...

1) Out of the box support for TypeScript 2) It's gorgeous extensibility model

TypeScript has now matched React in terms of downloads on npm and 46% of npm users are using TypeScript (source:

The ease of extension creation means that there are just so many and for virtually anything that you might want. Even ordering pizza. What other editor has a pizza ordering extension?

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Hey Burke! Thanks for doing the AMA.

What are the must have VSCode plugins you can't live without? ☺️

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Hi Ipseeta!

I should probably put together a list of all the extensions I have installed, but here are my faves...


Copy Markdown as HTML

Debugger for Chrome







Hop Light (light editor theme - you knew it was coming)

Image Preview

Material Icons


Toggle Format On Save

VS Live Share

Vue Power Pack (this one contains a bunch of other neat extensions and I'm doing a lot of Vue these days)

I also work on Azure a LOT, so I find the Azure extensions to be just the best thing in the whole world.

App Service

Cosmos DB

Azure Storage

Azure Functions

Whew! That was a lot of links. But.....hopefully there are a few in there you didn't know about. I left out all the ones I have installed, but don't use. That list is the stuff I use on the daily.

Thanks for the question!

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Hey Burke, thanks for the AMA!

What does your average day at work look like?

Hi Milica! Great question, let me see if I can answer it without rambling myself into a ditch.

I work remotely (from home), so I generally start at around 7:00 and go to around 5:00. I find that I am most productive first thing in the morning and then after 3:00 PM. In between is a lot of meetings and other interruptions that make it hard to stay focused.

First thing in the morning is a time for working on whatever I really want to get done - blog post, demo, talk I'm working on - ect. I work on that until around 10 AM when everyone starts to come online and then a lot of my time gets sucked up with meetings and communication. Since a lot of us are remote, we tend to overcommunicate with each other to stay connected.

I eat lunch at my desk and then go for a jog around 2 in the afternoon. From 3 to 5 I'm back focused again and I've shut all my chat programs down.

That's pretty much it, unless I'm traveling and speaking at conferences. In that case, I sleep until the last possible moment and then wallow in anxiety in my room about my talk.

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Hi Burke,

Thanks for doing this AMA. I have seen most of your videos on YouTube. How are you so confident and energetic in all of them? What do you eat at breakfast?

I am serious! 😀

Hi Jill!

I did notice that your question was first yesterday. I don't have a prize for you, but you can tell everyone you know that you were first and I will verify that you WERE.

My energy comes from Goo Goo Clusters. Lots and lots of Goo Goo Clusters.

When we are filming, I am "on". Meaning it is a performance to a degree. I am not that chipper in real life all the time. And being on like that for extended periods is exhausting. We film 4 - 6 of these things in one day. The last time we filmed, I was in bed by 5 PM. That might have been a Goo Goo Cluster overdose though.

I do get quite intimidated when I talk to certain people - especially if they are extremely high profile. But the camera is sort of an equalizer. People are uncomfortable when the camera is on. They aren't sure how to act, where to put there hands, where to look - ect. So the awkwardness of being together on camera is sort of a bonding thing that helps me be less afraid that I have no idea what I'm talking about.

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Hi Burke! Have you ever experienced switching back and forth between vs code dark mode to an app / website that uses light background?

If so, how can you minigate eye strain while jumping between them? For me it's really painful when I already focus on dark background searching for bugs and writing code and suddenly F5 and my eye blinded with a white background of browsers

Using white background in vs code doesn't go well with me because white background usually goes with black text, not colorful text

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