Archive for April 2022

Create an Authentication Provider for Visual Studio Code

April 28, 2022

Previously I wrote how you could use the Microsoft Authentication Provider in your Visual Studio Code extension to custom Azure AD applications. In this article, we go a step further and create our authentication provider from scratch. As By default, VS Code supports the github, github-enterprise, and microsoft authentication providers. If you use another service or have your authentication service, you will likely want to create your Authentication Provider.

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How to use the Microsoft authentication provider in Visual Studio Code

April 27, 2022

While creating a custom authentication provider, I found out the standard Microsoft authentication provider in Visual Studio Code can be used with your Azure AD Apps and Tenants. By default, VS Code supports the github, github-enterprise, and microsoft authentication providers, but little documentation is available, mostly coming from the issues in the VS Code repo.

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Extension tip to bring Visual Studio Code to the foreground

April 1, 2022

In one of the extensions I am developing with a custom authentication provider, I required to bring the last Visual Studio Code instance to the front once signed in. When you can control the full authentication flow, you typically redirect the user to vscode://..., which triggers your browser from opening Visual Studio Code.

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