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15 Best Visual Studio Code Extensions for Web Developers

sureshmohan profile image Suresh Mohan Originally published at syncfusion.com on ・6 min read

Visual Studio Code is a source code editor for building modern web applications. It is a free and open-source editor. It supports a number of extensions that can be used for web application development. In this blog, we are going to talk about 15 of these extensions that are used in developing a web application:

  • Live Sass compiler
  • Debugger for Chrome
  • C#
  • Live Server
  • ES Lint
  • Beautify
  • Better Comments
  • Quokka
  • Better Align
  • Polacode
  • Path Intellisense
  • Browser Preview
  • JavaScript (ES6) Code Snippets
  • Settings Sync
  • Git Lens

Let’s talk about them!

Live Sass compiler

This VS Code extension is used for compiling SCSS files to CSS files quickly compared to the other compilers like Visual Studio extensions. This is handy for web developers while developing webpages with SCSS files. You can find detailed information regarding this in the following link.

https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=ritwickdey.live-sass

Live SAAS Compiler - Visual Studio Code Extensions

Debugger for Chrome

This extension is used for debugging JavaScript code in the Google Chrome browser for webpages in the Visual Studio Code environment. This extension is a lot more convenient than the Chrome console for debugging JavaScript code. To work with this, first install the extension and then set up the lauch.json settings for debugging the particular webpage you want to investigate. You can find the detailed information regarding the extension in the following marketplace link.

https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=msjsdiag.debugger-for-chrome

C#(CSharp)

This extension is used for developing web applications in C# in the Visual Studio Code editor. By using this extension, you can use C# code development and access features like Go to Definition, Find All Reference, IntelliSense etc., which were normally available in source editors like Visual Studio. You can find the detailed information regarding this extension in the following link.

https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=ms-dotnettools.csharp

Live Server

This extension is used for launching a development local server with a live reload feature for static and dynamic pages. This saves times for previewing the changes made to your source code by just making the changes in the VS code and saving the file. This will automatically refresh the browser and reflect the changes you have made in it, instead of us manually refreshing the browser page. You can find the detailed information regarding this extension in the following link.

https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=ritwickdey.LiveServer

Live Server - Visual Studio Code Extensions

ESLint

This extension is used for analyzing your JavaScript code and fixing the errors in them. You can install and edit your JS code to fix the errors pointed out. You can find the detailed information regarding the installation and usage of the ESLint in the following link.

https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=dbaeumer.vscode-eslint

Beautify

This extension is used for formatting files like HTML. The unformatted code in these files is converted into formatted, readable code by this extension. You can set this setting in the VS Code preferences, which will then automatically format all the code you have typed in the editor. You can find the detailed information regarding this extension in the following link.

https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=HookyQR.beautify

Beautify - Visual Studio Code Extensions

Better Comments

This extension is used for differentiating comment types like warnings, errors, highlights, and queries to improve the readability and understandability of the code. You can find the detailed information regarding this extension in the following link.

https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=aaron-bond.better-comments

Quokka

This extension is used for testing JavaScript code in the Visual Studio Code editor itself instead of checking it out in the browser console. You can find the detailed information regarding this extension in the following link.

https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=WallabyJs.quokka-vscode

Better Alig

This extension is used for aligning the code. It can be used to align multiple variable declarations, trailing comments, sections of code, and more. You can find the detailed information regarding this extension in the following link.

https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=wwm.better-align

Polacode

This extension is used for taking code snippet screenshots. It can be used to copy and paste the code you need in snippet screenshots easily and save them after installing the extension. You can find the detailed information regarding the extension in the following link.

https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=pnp.polacode

Path IntelliSense

This extension is used for showing tips for the file paths of a project. This will come in handy while working on a project that has a large number of files in it. You can find the detailed information regarding the extension in the following link.

https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=christian-kohler.path-intellisense

Browser Preview

This extension is used for opening a real browser inside the VS Code editor to debug and check the changes you have made to the code, instead of checking them on the browser each time. You can find the detailed information regarding the extension in the following link.

https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=auchenberg.vscode-browser-preview

JavaScript (ES6) Code Snippets

This extension is used for setting shortcut triggers for JavaScript code that can be used to invoke a full code instead of typing out code on each instance. This will be useful while working on projects with a large amount of codes. You can find the detailed information regarding the extension in the following link.

https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=xabikos.JavaScriptSnippets

Settings Sync

This extension is used for saving your settings in the editor to restore them in a new machine, instead of configuring them each time. This can be useful in setting up a customized development environment in the editors. Using this extension, we can upload the settings in a GitHub location and then restore them to a new machine for the editors. You can find the detailed information regarding the extension in the following link.

https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=Shan.code-settings-sync

GitLens

This extension is used for getting information from a Git source that can be edited in the VS environment. Commit logs, file history, and more from the Git repository files can be viewed inside the VS code itself, and that saves time, too.

https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=eamodio.gitlens

Conclusion

I hope you’re eager to use these 15 amazing VS Code Extensions to develop your web application.

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