Visual Studio Code - i want to get it to work with the ESP8266

Dear Community,

the Visual Studio Code - i want to get it to work with the ESP8266

which extensions do i need to add?

The whole design of Visual Studio Code is so that it should be easily be configured for any development language using these extensions. Do i need to install the Arduino IDE?

if i am able to go roound the Arduino IDE - i would be happy.

Like most of the IDE's I have tried, they rely on the Arduino IDE for all the libraries. - but if i am able to work with VS-Stidio-Code and ESP 8266 directly i would be happy.

how to set it up and to make sure that i have fully configured Visual Studio Code to work with all the necessary add-on for ESP8266

which extensions i should add and install?

note: i am on Windows 7

hello and good day

_ after having tried some thing - the biest just started to work .

>>> 
serial allready opened ... and i guess that i have managed to connect to the board and to work on it.

btw: i have in the device folder
device/
boot.py

but no main folder (guess that this will be loaded with my first script)

see the attached image to see that all is woriking now at least regarding this tutorial

[attachment=0]running_the_first_script_.jpg[/attachment]

have a great day.

greetings

btw. where to download the newest v ersion of uPCraft - i have running version 1.0
and besides that: i have mused and thougtht that it wold be a good idea to get other IDEs working with the ESP such as

vscode
thonny
ATOM
PyCharm

but do i need to install the ArduinoIDE too !?
love to hear from you