Package development in VSCode
2021-07-23, 14:00–17:00 (UTC), Red

The Julia extension for VSCode provides a multitude of tools and commands to make package development and interactive coding easy. We'll provide an overview on how to develop a Julia package from scratch and show how to use the debugger and profiler efficiently to find and fix faulty logic or performance issues.


The Julia extension for VSCode has changed significantly over the last year, with multiple feature additions and UX improvements. At the same time, VSCode has many not particularly widely known yet very useful features.

This workshop aims to introduce new as well experienced users to a package development workflow in VSCode, including use cases like debugging and profiling as well as how to best use inline evaluation or the Revise integration. We'll also provide an overview on the various possibilities for interactive data exploration/analysis, the remote capabilities built into VScode, and more.

David Anthoff is an environmental economist who studies climate change and environmental policy. He co-develops the integrated assessment model FUND that is used widely in academic research and in policy analysis. His research has appeared in Nature, Science, the American Economic Review and other academic journals. He contributed a background research paper to the Stern Review and has advised numerous organizations (including US EPA and the Canadian National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy) on the economics of climate change.

He is an assistant professor in the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley. Previously he was an assistant professor in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment of the University of Michigan, a postdoc at the University of California, Berkeley and a postdoc at the Economic and Social Research Institute in Ireland. He also was a visiting research fellow at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford.

He holds a PhD (Dr. rer. pol.) in economics from the University of Hamburg (Germany) and the International Max Planck Research School on Earth System Modelling, a MSc in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford (UK) and a M.Phil. in philosophy, logic and philosophy of science from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Munich, Germany).

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Software engineer at Julia Computing and one of the maintainers of the Julia extension for VSCode.