I am, like many other developers nowadays, using Git and VS Code as my version control and code editor. Couple of weeks ago I wrote about the Best extensions for VS Code in 2020.
In that post I mentioned GitLens as one of my favourite plugins. This was mostly because I use Git and I need to see Git commit history and changes for a given file and VS Code itself doesn’t offer a good tool for that. Well not until March 2020 update.
In the March 2020 update Timeline view was out of preview and enabled by default. Timeline view is a unified view for visualising time-series events (for example, Git commits, file saves, test runs, etc.) for a file.
So basically you can select different sources for the timeline and if you for example select Git as a source, you get nice view of Git commit history for a file. You can also view the commits and see a diff view for the file.
Here is a quote from the release notes: In this release, the built-in Git extension contributes a timeline source that provides the Git commit history of the specified file. Selecting a commit will open a diff view of the changes introduced by that commit. A context menu provides commands to Copy Commit ID and Copy Commit Message. There is also a new Open Timeline command on the File Explorer’s context menu, to quickly show the timeline for the selected file.
I have been using the timeline view quite a lot for the past few weeks and personally I think it’s a great and very needed addition to VS Code. What do you think?
Originally published at codepulse.blog on May 2, 2020.
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Top comments (7)
Yeah I've been loving this feature. Had a lot of fun time traveling my project's package.json - really tells a story, but of course useful anywhere. Really it has me using GitLens a lot less as Timeline offers most of what I was looking for there, but more intuitively.
Git in eclipse slows it down, but I'm happy it doesn't very much in VSCode. Thanks for sharing this
Wow I have never used until now. Thanks for this post!
I feel this information does not explain how to link your git and vscode.
It's a very welcome addition and I use it a lot to quickly browse file history.