A list of essential Visual Studio Code extensions to help you become a more efficient web developer.
If your code editor is Visual Studio Code, this is the article for you. VS Code is awesome by itself, but you can take advantage of its extensive list of extensions to support your workflow.
If you haven’t yet, download VS Code for free. Within VS Code you can browse and install extensions by clicking on the Extensions icon in the Activity Bar on the left side of the editor, or by using the command
Ctrl + Shift + X.
Here are my top 10 suggested VS Code extensions for Newbies (and the rest):
1. Live Server
A must-have for any developer creating webpages using HTML and CSS. Once installed all you have to do is open your project, look for the
Go Live button on the status bar at the bottom, or use the command
Alt+L Alt+O in order to launch a quick development live server so you can view your current project live on any browser.
2. Live Share
In these times of COVID quarantines, this extension can help you collaborate in real-time with others working on the same project. Edit and debug with your team from the comfort of your home. Everyone gets their own cursor and you can see the changes as they type.
Stop wasting time formatting your code and let this tool do it for you. It enforces a consistent style by formatting your code every time you save a file (just make sure you manage the settings correctly, as shown below).
Alternative: Bracket Pair Colorizer 2
Useful for when you have more than one code editor window open at the same time, as it changes the color of your workspace. Another visual aid, this time designed to help you identify your different code editor windows/projects more easily.
If you know and work with git, you will want this extension. This customizable extension lets you better understand your code by easily allowing you to view when, why, and by whom the code was added/edited.
Supported languages are English(US) and English(UK), but you have add-on dictionaries for Dutch, Catalan, Czech, French, German, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Medical Terms.
8. REST Client
Do you know PostMan? Well, this tool is similar, only there is no need to leave your code editor. Once you prepare a request a
Send Request link will appear above it. Click on it and view the response right in your editor’s window.
You don’t need to remember all the CSS class names while you are working on your HTML file. This extension will provide you with a completion list for the HTML
class attribute based on your workspace or external files referenced beforehand.
There is no shame in using tools to help you. Quite the contrary, a smart developer is one that will use these to make their lives easier and become more efficient in the process!
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Have a look at Emmet. It is already built into VS Code so no need to install. Take your time to explore and learn more about what you can do with this tool.
Some of the runner-ups: