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Problem statement :

There are no plugins within for Microsoft Visual Studio Code to build Cardano Smart Contracts on vb/c# .NET. VSCODE is used by 1000s of devs

Describe your solution to the problem

FREE plugin will simplify Cardano Smart Contract creations with a project template and instructions to attract the wider OCEAN developers

Relevant experience

I have been developing on Visual Studio for over 20 years and have built many plugins and extensions for the development tool.

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Visual Studio Code is the engine that powers the ships that sail on the OCEAN

From the Wiki so I am being accurate…
“Visual Studio Code is a freeware source-code editor made by Microsoft for Windows, Linux and macOS. Features include support for debugging, syntax highlighting, intelligent code completion, snippets, code refactoring, and embedded Git. Users can change the theme, keyboard shortcuts, preferences, and install extensions that add additional functionality.
Microsoft has released Visual Studio Code’s source code on the microsoft/vscode (Code – OSS) repository of GitHub, under the permissive MIT License,[5][10] while the releases by Microsoft are freeware.
In the Stack Overflow 2019 Developer Survey, Visual Studio Code was ranked the most popular developer environment tool, with 50.7% of 87,317 respondents reporting that they use it”


I have been developing on Visual Studio for over 20 years and Visual Studio Code for over 5 years – I have built many plugins and extensions for the development tool. I mainly program in VB or C#.
We currently have a project on Catalyst for Visual Studio itself and this project is in addition to that as Visual Studio Code is a completely separate application/IDE to Visual Studio. It was clear from the comments on the previous project that this plugin is also highly sought after.


Visual Studio already connects to Microsoft, Google, Amazon and many more cloud providers all offering Blockchain solutions.


Visual Studio already has many Ethereum plugins and extensions but none for Cardano.


Visual Studio Code has out of the box marketplace extension capabilities allowing developers to build their own plugins that can be freely shared with others.


You can also connect external services to the IDE that can extend the command line, user interface and UI functionality such as tabs, tool bars etc.


One of the primary goals is to help users create a project structure for Cardano Smart Contracts to speed up the development cycle.


I am working on a FREE Open Source plugin that will allow the following:

  • one click project template creation
  • choice of multiple templates e.g.
  • simple connect and query the blockchain
  • mint native assets
  • advanced Cardano API Service template
  • create an easy to use API to integrate your companies data with the Cardano Blockchain – read/write data

What does the current team look like?
I have a small team of developers, testers and analysts at my disposal that have worked together on many projects. I am self-funding the project. I hope one day to have an established company with full time employees but at the moment I am a start-up bootstrapping alongside my full time job.


The current team is as follows:

Rob Greig – Founder


Rob is a serial entrepreneur, building businesses and developing software for 20 years in various industries. Highly skilled developer and Business Analyst. Previously built an estate agent monitoring system and an advanced automated backend/cloud API business that was sold to one of the largest UK estate agent portals (Fish4) and media company ‘Trinity Mirror’. Excels in software planning, development, management along with building and mentoring small to medium development teams.

Ant – Founder

Ant is a serial entrepreneur, building businesses and testing software for 20 years in various industries. Fully Trained software tester previously worked for large high street companies (Maginus/Torex Retail/PC World/Matalan) testing their in-store user systems. Was part of the same company that built Agent Analyser and House Fusion later sold to ‘Trinity Mirror’.

Dave – Lead Developer

Dave is a highly experienced and loyal web and API developer that has worked for small and large companies and worked with the original Rockstar Games (Grand Theft Auto). Energetic and a team player who loves to explore new technology.

David – Developer

David is a youthful experienced and loyal web developer that has worked for small and large companies and is trained in Salesforce CRM development.

Callum – Social Media Marketing

Callum is a talented Photoshop and Video creator who has previously helped Luxury Car Showrooms build their Instagram followers from 0 to 300k in 3 months. With a keen eye for Photography and editing he is an asset to any team.

Future Positions

There are plans for more developers, analysts, admin, sales and marketing employees if larger funds became available and the project gained traction.

Of the current team the following will be working on this project..

  • Rob – lead developer
  • Dave – senior developer
  • David – peer review code
  • Ant – research/lead tester


Development Costs Estimate: to follow

Which of these definitions apply to you? Entrepreneur, Developer


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