This extension is meant to closely integrate the Topcoder platform with VSCode, the text editor, to allow the user to perform actions related to the Topcoder platform from within the editor, without having to open a browser.
Setup your environment
Before you can use the extension, you need to provide your Topcoder credentials
This extension provides two settings in this regard
TCVSCodeIDE.credentials.username: Your Topcoder username
TCVSCodeIDE.credentials.password: Your Topcoder password
You can also set them in your Extension specific Settings:
The extension provides several commands in the Command Palette:
Topcoder: Login to login in Topcoder using your username and password.
Topcoder: Logout to clear the stored login token.
Topcoder: View open challenges to list active challenges in a tabular view. Upon clicking on a challenge title, challenge details will be displayed in a new tab.
Topcoder: Upload submission to upload the current workspace to topcoder challenge.
The extensions adds an activity bar item that has 3 sections.
Your Active Contests will list all the contests that you have registered to.
Your Active Submissions will list all the submissions that you have done. You will be able to view the reviews and artifacts (if any) for the submission.
Home has 3 parts, which will allow you to access the extension features guide, the setup guid or the list of all active challenges respectively.
You can view the list of open challenges in the Topcoder platform
You can view the details of a challenge
You can register for open challenges
You can initialize your workspace after registering for a challenge. This creates a .topcoderrc file with the challenge details present in it. This file is used by the extension and never to be altered manually
You can also clone starter packs right into your workspace based on the technologies associated with the contest
If your workspace is initialized, you can see the time until the end of the submission phase in the side bar
You can also see the current time (as used by the Topcoder platform, for example in Online Review) status bar
Finally you can switch between the topcoder production and development instances
Besides setting your username and password, you can also:
Switch between the development and production instances of Topcoder when using the extension. By default, you will be using the production instance
At the moment, we capture telemetry of your usage of this extension to help improve the extension. Since we are still in beta, the configuration that controls if you have opted in or our of telemetry is disabled. Setting this has no effect - all telemetry is capture We will support this configuration when we come out of beta
These settings are named:
TCVSCodeIDE.shareTelemetryToTC: Boolean value. true by default
TCVSCodeIDE.useDevelopEndpoint: Boolean value. false by default
NOTE: When any configuration is changed, you have to logout and reload your VSCode window for the changes to take effect