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Prettier and Standard in VSCode

Prettier is an opinionated tool that helps you format code. I love Prettier, but I don't like its opinions with JavaScript. I prefer using Standard for JavaScript because it doesn't have semicolons (which makes the code cleaner to read).

It used to be complicated to use Prettier and Standard together. We had to disable Prettier for specific languages. Thankfully, there's a simpler way now.

We can use an extension called Prettier Standard VSCode. It changes JavaScript from the Prettier default format into Standard.

I've tested this extension and it continues to work like all other Prettier extensions like .html and .css.

The good thing about using Prettier Standard VSCode is we can continue to use Standard in files with mixed syntaxes like HTML and markdown.

Here's an example where I edited markdown with Prettier:

Markdown edited with Prettier

And here's one with Prettier Standard.

Markdown edited with Prettier Standard

For languages that Prettier doesn't support, you can always overwrite Prettier with a different formatter, like this:

"[nunjucks]": {
  "editor.defaultFormatter": "okitavera.vscode-nunjucks-formatter"
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I hope this helps you set up your JavaScript environment!

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Top comments (2)

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Kinanee Samson

More detail would be appreciated, but nevertheless good work pal

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Sujan Maharjan

If it's just about the semi colon you can actually setup to remove semicone into prettier extension settings