It's no secret that Visual Studio Code is the numero uno code editor for development today. A staggering percentage of programmers today use VS Code and swear by it - for good reason too! It has over 400 settings that can be adjusted to fit every user's needs, plus a bunch of extra stuff that it can do.
However, just because it has 400 settings doesn't mean you need to change ALL of them. Many times I have found myself going down the rabbit hole of getting busy doing nothing while I changed several settings on my code editor. Folks, it's not worth it. If you're learning Spanish, it's better to spend time learning and speaking rather than making nice little artsy cards that say 'Hola!'
I wrote up a short list of extensions for you to get set up and going immediately. If I missed one, let me know!
This is the color theme I use currently. The colors are nicer and richer. Comments are grayed out so the focus is on the code!
Other options: Atom One Dark , Sublime Material , Visual Studio Dark
This changes the file icons on the side panels to easily identifiable icons - so you instantly know if you're in a HTML file, CSS file, or JS file.
There's nothing more frustrating than spending 5 hours debugging your code only to realize you missed closing a bracket! Bracket Pair Colorizer helps you see visually how each bracket or curly brace is connected with its pair.\
Hint: VS Code automatically closes brackets and curly braces for you as well. Ain't that grand?
This helps make your code readable and adds tabs (or spaces) where necessary so you can see how your code is nested.
This lets you write articles (like this one) inside VS Code using Markdown Syntax and see what the finished product would look like.
Don't let the ridiculously long name fool you - this is a super helpful extension that allows you to insert Bootstrap 4 into your project with short cuts. If you will be using Bootstrap to prototype your ideas (which you should be doing), this will help you get that done in a fraction of the time.
That's it! If you are new to programming or to VS Code, these are the basics you need to get set up and running. Don't spend 3 weeks tweaking your code editor; go ahead and actually write some code. What do you think?
See you at the top,