Live Share Communities
Live Share Communities enables you to join one or more communities, and begin discovering, communicating and collaborating with other developers in real-time. A "community" is nothing more than a name, that allows you to find other people that share common interests and/or context (almost like a Twitter hash tag). A community can represent an ad-hoc group (e.g. a hack-a-thon team, a classroom), a language/framework ecosystem (e.g.
Once you join a community, you can chat with other members, invite them into collaboration sessions, ask for help and even live stream anything cool that you're working on. All of this is built-in top of Live Share, which provides a full-fidelity developer collaboration platform (e.g. co-editing, debugging, localhost server, etc.).
To begin joining communities, simply perform the following steps:
If you'd like to start up an audio call, click the
Additionally, you can leave code annotations on anyb line of code, by simply hovering over the "comment bar" and adding your comment. These are syncronized with everyone in the session in real-time, and represent a great way to add focus to a discussion and/or leave todo commments for the host to address asyncronously.
When you're ready to ask for assistance (e.g. figuring out a bug, reviewing some code), simply click the
If you'd like to help others within the community, simply look at any outstanding
When someone creates a help request/broadcast/code review, you'll immediately see a notification about it, which helps to improve visibility when your'e closely working with others. From the toast, you can immediately join their session and/or mute that community.
At any time, you can also mute a community (or all communities) directly from the
How do I create a community?
By joining it! Live Share Communities (like Twitter hash tags) are simply monikers that allow multiple developers to discover and collaborate with each other. As a result, there's no need for creation/deletion/management of communities. You simply join and leave communities as needed. That said, if you are the first person to join a community, you'll get the special title of