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VS Code: Why and How

bhagatparwinder profile image Parwinder 👨🏻‍💻 ・5 min read

Productivity with Parwinder (3 Part Series)

1) My Top 10 VS Code Extensions 2) Top 10 VS Code Settings 3) VS Code: Why and How

In the past 30ish blog posts, I have gone over some basic and some advanced topics of JavaScript. Most of my code samples could be executed in a browser console or an online JavaScript playground. This is not a long term solution, and sooner or later, you will need a code editor.

Today I am going to write about my code editor of choice: Visual Studio Code.

Background

I started coding professionally around 2008. Coding for personal projects began in early 2004. So it's been a 16-year journey and counting. Here are the code editors I have gone through in the past 16 years:

  1. Eclipse: Give me what is free!
  2. Notepad++ : The minimalist phase.
  3. Vim: Not doing it for productivity but rather to look cool i.e., Hackerman
  4. Sublime Text: To date, one of the best editors. Fastest indexing, and it can load large projects without breaking a sweat.
  5. IntelliJ IDEA or WebStorm: Work paid for it, and it is excellent for Java Development I couldn't complain.
  6. Visual Studio Code: The best editor, especially if you are coding with MEAN or MERN stack.

I've been with VS Code for the last 3 years. I'm absolutely in love ❤️ with it because:

  • Extremely lightweight and fast (yes, even though it is based on Electron)
  • IntelliSense
  • Command Palette (exactly like Sublime Text or Chrome Console)
  • Top-notch debugger for JavaScript or TypeScript
  • Multi-pane editing
  • Markdown preview
  • Built-in terminal and version control (Git)
  • Smart refactoring & Code management
  • Cross-platform support
  • Extensions, extensions, and extensions
  • Free 💰

Download

You can get Visual Studio Code here. It is available for Windows, Mac & Linux.

If you would like an online workspace that supports VS Code, you can check out codespaces.

Or, if you would like to use an online playground that utilizes VSCode and supports Angular, React, Ionic, and Svelte, check out Stackblitz.

My Setup

Now comes the important part, my setup of VSCode. I am going to share my extensions and setting for the Visual Studio Code. You can use them; as you feel like. Install all, replace all settings or tweak them a bit.

Extensions: Copy and paste this in terminal once you have VS Code installed

code --install-extension Angular.ng-template
code --install-extension CoenraadS.bracket-pair-colorizer
code --install-extension IBM.output-colorizer
code --install-extension Tyriar.sort-lines
code --install-extension WallabyJs.quokka-vscode
code --install-extension adamwalzer.string-converter
code --install-extension alexkrechik.cucumberautocomplete
code --install-extension Arjun.swagger-viewer
code --install-extension atlassian.atlascode
code --install-extension auchenberg.vscode-browser-preview
code --install-extension ban.spellright
code --install-extension ChakrounAnas.turbo-console-log
code --install-extension christian-kohler.npm-intellisense
code --install-extension christian-kohler.path-intellisense
code --install-extension dbaeumer.vscode-eslint
code --install-extension dzannotti.vscode-babel-coloring
code --install-extension eamodio.gitlens
code --install-extension eg2.vscode-npm-script
code --install-extension EliverLara.andromeda
code --install-extension formulahendry.auto-close-tag
code --install-extension formulahendry.auto-rename-tag
code --install-extension hediet.vscode-drawio
code --install-extension iciclesoft.workspacesort
code --install-extension jspolancor.presentationmode
code --install-extension kiteco.kite
code --install-extension lehni.vscode-titlebar-less-macos
code --install-extension mdickin.markdown-shortcuts
code --install-extension mechatroner.rainbow-csv
code --install-extension miclo.sort-typescript-imports
code --install-extension mikestead.dotenv
code --install-extension mohsen1.prettify-json
code --install-extension ms-python.python
code --install-extension naumovs.color-highlight
code --install-extension naumovs.node-modules-resolve
code --install-extension oderwat.indent-rainbow
code --install-extension pnp.polacode
code --install-extension qcz.text-power-tools
code --install-extension redhat.vscode-yaml
code --install-extension richie5um2.vscode-sort-json
code --install-extension robinbentley.sass-indented
code --install-extension sasa.vscode-sass-format
code --install-extension Shan.code-settings-sync
code --install-extension shyykoserhiy.vscode-spotify
code --install-extension spoonscen.es6-mocha-snippets
code --install-extension steoates.autoimport
code --install-extension techer.open-in-browser
code --install-extension VisualStudioExptTeam.vscodeintellicode
code --install-extension vscjava.vscode-java-debug
code --install-extension wayou.vscode-todo-highlight
code --install-extension yzhang.markdown-all-in-one
code --install-extension ziishaned.snippetmaker

Settings: Hit Command + , on Mac or Ctrl + , on Windows and paste

{
    "autoimport.doubleQuotes": true,
    "breadcrumbs.enabled": true,
    "css.lint.important": "warning",
    "debug.node.autoAttach": "on",
    "debug.toolBarLocation": "docked",
    "editor.codeLens": false,
    "editor.colorDecorators": true,
    "editor.cursorBlinking": "phase",
    "editor.cursorStyle": "line",
    "editor.fontFamily": "Dank Mono, SF Mono Powerline, Operator Mono, Victor Mono, Fira Code, ZeitungMonoPro, Menlo",
    "editor.fontLigatures": true,
    "editor.fontSize": 14,
    "editor.formatOnPaste": true,
    "editor.formatOnSave": false,
    "editor.insertSpaces": true,
    "editor.lineHeight": 22,
    "editor.minimap.enabled": false,
    "editor.multiCursorModifier": "ctrlCmd",
    "editor.rulers": [
        120
    ],
    "editor.snippetSuggestions": "top",
    "editor.suggestSelection": "first",
    "editor.tabSize": 4,
    "editor.tokenColorCustomizations": {
        "comments": "#746f68"
    },
    "editor.wordWrap": "on",
    "explorer.autoReveal": true,
    "explorer.confirmDelete": false,
    "explorer.confirmDragAndDrop": false,
    "extensions.ignoreRecommendations": false,
    "files.associations": {
        "*.irul": "iRule"
    },
    "files.autoSave": "onFocusChange",
    "files.exclude": {
        "**/*.js": {
            "when": "$(basename).ts"
        },
        "**/*.js.map": true,
        "**/.DS_Store": true,
        "**/._*": true,
        "**/.git": true,
        "**/.hg": true,
        "**/.svn": true,
        "**/node_modules": true,
        "**/node_modules/**": false,
        "**/target": true,
        ".idea": true,
        ".metadata": true,
        ".vscode": true,
        "build": false,
        "node_modules": true
    },
    "files.insertFinalNewline": true,
    "files.trimTrailingWhitespace": true,
    "git.autofetch": true,
    "git.ignoreMissingGitWarning": true,
    "gitlens.views.compare.location": "gitlens",
    "gitlens.views.fileHistory.location": "gitlens",
    "gitlens.views.repositories.location": "gitlens",
    "gitlens.views.search.location": "gitlens",
    "html.format.enable": true,
    "html.format.endWithNewline": false,
    "html.suggest.html5": true,
    "javascript.format.enable": true,
    "javascript.format.insertSpaceAfterConstructor": true,
    "javascript.format.insertSpaceAfterFunctionKeywordForAnonymousFunctions": true,
    "javascript.format.insertSpaceAfterOpeningAndBeforeClosingNonemptyBraces": true,
    "javascript.format.insertSpaceAfterOpeningAndBeforeClosingNonemptyBrackets": false,
    "javascript.format.insertSpaceAfterOpeningAndBeforeClosingNonemptyParenthesis": false,
    "javascript.updateImportsOnFileMove.enabled": "always",
    "json.format.enable": true,
    "json.schemas": [
        {
            "$schema": "~/scripts/tsconfig.json"
        }
    ],
    "markdown.extension.preview.autoShowPreviewToSide": false,
    "markdown.preview.scrollEditorWithPreview": true,
    "markdown.preview.scrollPreviewWithEditor": true,
    "material-icon-theme.folders.color": "#26a69a",
    "material-icon-theme.folders.theme": "classic",
    "material-icon-theme.hidesExplorerArrows": true,
    "material-icon-theme.showUpdateMessage": false,
    "mocha-snippets.function-type": "arrow",
    "mocha-snippets.quote-type": "double",
    "npm-intellisense.importQuotes": "\"",
    "npm.enableScriptExplorer": true,
    "peacock.favoriteColors": [
        {
            "name": "Angular Red",
            "value": "#b52e31"
        },
        {
            "name": "Auth0 Orange",
            "value": "#eb5424"
        },
        {
            "name": "Azure Blue",
            "value": "#007fff"
        },
        {
            "name": "C# Purple",
            "value": "#68217A"
        },
        {
            "name": "Gatsby Purple",
            "value": "#639"
        },
        {
            "name": "Go Cyan",
            "value": "#5dc9e2"
        },
        {
            "name": "Java Blue-Gray",
            "value": "#557c9b"
        },
        {
            "name": "JavaScript Yellow",
            "value": "#f9e64f"
        },
        {
            "name": "Mandalorian Blue",
            "value": "#1857a4"
        },
        {
            "name": "Node Green",
            "value": "#215732"
        },
        {
            "name": "React Blue",
            "value": "#00b3e6"
        },
        {
            "name": "Something Different",
            "value": "#832561"
        },
        {
            "name": "Vue Green",
            "value": "#42b883"
        }
    ],
    "presentationMode.zoomLevel": 3,
    "problems.showCurrentInStatus": true,
    "python.jediEnabled": false,
    "scss.lint.important": "warning",
    "search.exclude": {
        "**/.git": true,
        "**/bower_components": true,
        "**/node_modules": false,
        "**/tmp": true,
        "build/**": true,
        "node_modules/**": true
    },
    "spellright.documentTypes": [
        "latex",
        "plaintext"
    ],
    "spellright.language": [
        "en"
    ],
    "sync.askGistName": false,
    "sync.autoDownload": false,
    "sync.autoUpload": false,
    "sync.forceDownload": false,
    "sync.forceUpload": true,
    "sync.quietSync": false,
    "sync.removeExtensions": true,
    "sync.syncExtensions": true,
    "terminal.explorerKind": "external",
    "terminal.external.osxExec": "iTerm.app",
    "terminal.integrated.fontFamily": "Inconsolata for Powerline",
    "terminal.integrated.fontSize": 12,
    "terminal.integrated.rendererType": "dom",
    "terminal.integrated.shell.osx": "zsh",
    "terminal.integrated.shell.windows": "C:\\Windows\\sysnative\\cmd.exe",
    "terminal.integrated.shellArgs.osx": [
        "-l"
    ],
    "todohighlight.keywords": [
        "// TODO:",
        "// TODO",
        "//TODO:",
        "//TODO"
    ],
    "tslint.jsEnable": true,
    "typescript.extension.sortImports.enableJavascript": true,
    "typescript.extension.sortImports.quoteStyle": "double",
    "typescript.extension.sortImports.sortOnSave": false,
    "typescript.referencesCodeLens.enabled": true,
    "typescript.updateImportsOnFileMove.enabled": "always",
    "vsintellicode.modify.editor.suggestSelection": "automaticallyOverrodeDefaultValue",
    "window.nativeTabs": false,
    "window.openFoldersInNewWindow": "on",
    "window.restoreWindows": "all",
    "window.title": "${activeEditorLong}",
    "window.titleBarStyle": "custom",
    "window.zoomLevel": 0,
    "workbench.colorCustomizations": {},
    "workbench.colorTheme": "Andromeda",
    "workbench.editor.enablePreview": false,
    "workbench.editor.tabCloseButton": "right",
    "workbench.editor.tabSizing": "shrink",
    "workbench.panel.defaultLocation": "right",
    "workbench.settings.editor": "json",
    "workbench.sideBar.location": "right",
    "workbench.startupEditor": "newUntitledFile",
    "workbench.tree.renderIndentGuides": "always",
    "zenMode.centerLayout": true,
    "editor.renameOnType": true
}

You can also find the latest list of extensions here.

And the user settings here

I keep it up to date. I would most likely end up making my Settings Sync Gists public.

Happy Coding 👨🏼‍💻

Productivity with Parwinder (3 Part Series)

1) My Top 10 VS Code Extensions 2) Top 10 VS Code Settings 3) VS Code: Why and How

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Happy, cheerful, confident. Web developer based out of Chicago :)

Discussion

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Use Vim mode with VSCode and motion goes brr feel really nice.

 
 

That's going to be your gateway drug into Spacemacs & co ^^

 

Would be nice if you could add some screenshots to see your settings in action.

 

I didn’t even think of that 🤦🏽‍♂️ Let me add some!

 

My main issue that I have with VS code is that I find myself searching for plugins if I need a certain functionality and I just want to write code and Intelij just works out of the box.