VS Code is one of if not the most poplular free text editor on the market. In a survey done in 2019, over 4.9 million developers use VS Code.
In the past, when I was just introduced to web development I quickly learned about Sublime Text 2. Sublime was ok, it was my go to text editor for a long time, but it lacked a community. Sure there was something called the Sublime Package Control but it was quite limited and still is. And often you'd find a package you like only to find out that the package has not been updated for the paste 2-3 years.
About a half year ago I learned about VS Code. I've heard about it before that but for some reason I refused to look at it. I am a macOS user and hearing about a Microsoft product did not resonate with me.
I enjoy using VS Code for 3 simple reasons.
- VS Code is Free.
- VS Code offers integrations with GitHub.
- VS Code has an enormous library of community create packages, themes, etc.
As Many of you, I use over 10 - 15 VS Code extensions on a daily basis. Here are a few of them.
By default VS Code doesn't close your HTML/XML tags for you, which quickly became frustrating. This extension closes your tags for you.
Brought to you by the same Developer of Auto Close Tag. This extension changes the name of the closing tag for you.
When working with large files containing large amounts of code, it becomes very easy to get lost. Bracket Pair Colorizer 2 creates a clear colored line before a start of a code block and the end.
If you're not familiar with GitLens, go and add it to your extensions now!
This extension allows you to see line by line, who the owner is, when it was committed, and what the commit message was.
While there are many other worthy mentions, I'll keep this list short. If you'd like a full list of my extensions, feel free to ask.