A Good Editor is a Best Start


I will strongly recommend VSCode (Visual Studio Code) to write algorithm. It is a lightweight but powerful source code editor which runs on your desktop and is available for Windows, macOS and Linux. It comes with built-in support for JavaScript, TypeScript and Node.js and has a rich ecosystem of extensions for other languages (such as C, C++, C#, Java, Python, PHP, Go which are our main languages to write algorithm.) and runtimes (such as .NET and Unity).

Now I will tell you how to install the software and configure it. You don't need to Install all I list below. You can just choose what you need.

1, Install VSCode
2, Install C/C++
3, Install GCC/G++
4, Install Java
5, Install Language Support for Java(TM) by Red Hat
6, Install Java Language Support
7, Install C#
8, Install Code Runner
9, Install LLVM
10, Install Clang-Format
11, Install Darcula IntelliJ Theme

1. Installation

1.1. Install VSCode

All coders need to install this software

You can download from this site: https://code.visualstudio.com/.
And then install it just with several clicks.

1.2. Install C/C++

This is a Extension of VSCode. Coders use C or C++ need to install

(1) Open you VSCode
(2) Launch VS Code Quick Open (Ctrl+P), paste the following command, and press enter.

ext install cpptools

Now you will know how to install it when you operater as I said above.

1.3. Install GCC/G++

Coders use C or C++ need to install

(1) You can download from: http://www.mingw.org/ (the download button is on the top right)
(2) Before install it, please make sure you are connecting with the internet.
(3) Install the software you just downloaded.
(4) When you complete installation, there will be shown a management window.
(5) Find mingw32-gcc-g++ in the window, which Class attribute is bin.
(6) Right click Mark for Installation.
(7) Click Apply Changes under the menu Installation on the top left of the window.
(8) That' all, looks great!

Now you need to add C:\MinGW\bin to your Environment Variables (Windows OS).
Please Google if you don't know how to set Environment Variables.

Now you can check whether it has been installed successfully whih command line:

g++ -v

1.4. Install Java

Coders use Java need to install

Please Google if you don't know how to install it

1.5. Language Support for Java(TM) by Red Hat

Coders use Java need to install

The same way with C/C++ installing

ext install java

1.6. Install Java Language Support

Coders use Java need to install

This Extension can show the errors in you code when you are typing.

ext install vscode-javac

1.7. Install CSharp

Coders use C# need to install

ext install csharp

1.8. Install Code Runner

All coders need to install

This Extension can help you Run and Debug code more easily.

ext install code-runner

1.9. Install LLVM

All coders need to install

You can download form: http://releases.llvm.org/download.html#4.0.1.
Please download Pre-Built Binaries and then you can install it using the .exe file.

Please Google if you don't know how to install it

1.10. Install Clang-Format

All coders need to install

This Extension can help you format code more easily.

ext install clang-format

1.11. Install Darcula IntelliJ Theme

No need to install if you like the default theme. Anyway, this theme is my best loveing

ext install dracula-theme-from-intellij

2. Configuration

We have installed the software that we needed so far, Now we start to configure them

All the config will be write to the setting.json

Click file in the VSCode on top left. Then click Preferences --> Settings
Now please copy the code below to you setting.json

[restabs alignment="osc-tabs-right" responsive="true" icon="true" text="More" seltabcolor="#fdfdfd" seltabheadcolor="#000" tabheadcolor="blue"]
[restab title="json" active="active"]

    "workbench.colorTheme": "Darcula Theme from IntelliJ",
    "java.home": "C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Java\\jdk1.8.0_112",
    "code-runner.executorMap": {
        "javascript": "node",
        "java": "cd dir && javacfileName -d ../Classes && java -classpath ../Classes fileNameWithoutExt",
        "c": "cddir && gcc fileName -ofileNameWithoutExt && dirfileNameWithoutExt",
        "cpp": "cd dir && g++fileName -o ../exe/fileNameWithoutExt && cd ../exe &&fileNameWithoutExt",
        "objective-c": "cd dir && gcc -framework CocoafileName -o fileNameWithoutExt &&dirfileNameWithoutExt",
        "php": "php",
        "python": "python",
        "perl": "perl",
        "ruby": "ruby",
        "go": "go run",
        "lua": "lua",
        "groovy": "groovy",
        "powershell": "powershell -ExecutionPolicy ByPass -File",
        "bat": "cmd /c",
        "shellscript": "bash",
        "fsharp": "fsi",
        "csharp": "scriptcs",
        "vbscript": "cscript //Nologo",
        "typescript": "ts-node",
        "coffeescript": "coffee",
        "scala": "scala",
        "swift": "swift",
        "julia": "julia",
        "crystal": "crystal",
        "ocaml": "ocaml",
        "r": "Rscript",
        "applescript": "osascript",
        "clojure": "lein exec",
        "haxe": "haxe --cwddirWithoutTrailingSlash --run fileNameWithoutExt",
        "rust": "cddir && rustc fileName &&dirfileNameWithoutExt",
        "racket": "racket",
        "ahk": "autohotkey",
        "autoit": "autoit3",
        "kotlin": "cddir && kotlinc fileName -include-runtime -dfileNameWithoutExt.jar && java -jar fileNameWithoutExt.jar",
        "dart": "dart",
        "pascal": "cddir && fpc fileName &&dirfileNameWithoutExt",
        "d": "cddir && dmd fileName &&dir$fileNameWithoutExt",
        "haskell": "runhaskell",
        "nim": "nim compile --verbosity:0 --hints:off --run"
    "clang-format.executable": "C:\\Program Files\\LLVM\\bin\\clang-format",
    "clang-format.language.java.enable": true,
    "clang-format.language.java.style": "WebKit",
    "clang-format.language.c.enable": true,
    "clang-format.language.c.style": "WebKit",
    "clang-format.language.cpp.enable": true,
    "clang-format.language.cpp.style": "WebKit"



(1). code-runner.executorMap is the Code Runner configuration. I have configured the c, c++ and java. You can modify it accordingly
(2). clang-format.executable is the llvm bin path, please point it to the installation path
(3). clang-format.language.java.enable: true means you will use clang-format to farmat java code.
(4). clang-format.language.java.style: WebKit means format code to WebKit style, you can choose LLVM, Google, Chromium, Mozilla, WebKit or Json Style.