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💡 10 VS Code extensions I can't code without

Sahil Bondre on April 30, 2020

VS Code is my favourite text editor. It is the most extensible and popular code editors out there. And surprisingly it's made by Microsoft (i know)...
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Rob OLeary

I started using VSCode as my primary IDE recently, but one thing I was curious about is the performance of having a big list of extensions installed. It is something I need to research more.

I was going to use VSCode for HTML, CSS, JS, Java, Node, and Ruby; but as I was looking for certain features that I would be accustomed to using in other IDEs for different languages or use cases, I found the list was growing too large. So, I decided to use VSCode for frontend only

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Sangram

You won't need all the extensions all the time, my approach is creating extension packs as per development environment equipment and enable/disable them accordingly. Like Web Development, Python, .Net , Docker, Utility extension packs

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Rob OLeary

That might be what I'm looking for. I must look into it soon. Thanks for sharing.

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Sangram

Here is my development extension pack, if you are interested.
github.com/sangram-chavan/producti...

Cheers !!

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Sahil Bondre Author

Agreed. Sometimes VS Code does slow down. But the performance requirements of Code is way lesser than IDEs like IntelliJ or Android Studio. I think the reason Code is popular is coz it sits right in between Text Editors and IDEs. Almost as robust as IDEs while being almost as performant as text editors. VSC has found the sweet spot.

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Rob OLeary

Yes, that's been my experience with an older laptop also. Android Studio is a monster, I have to close almost everything when I use it. IntelliJ is pretty good. If VSCode only loaded extensions based on the codebase or a configuration, I would be encouraged to use it for more languages/project types. For now, I will keep my extension list on the lower side

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Emiliano Parizzi

You know you can have all the optional extensions disabled and enable the ones you need for each workspace/project? The settings get saved in the .vscode folder in the project.

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Raymond

I've only been using VS Code and it's extensions for like half an year and when I read this blog post I'm like "Where have I been?". The bookmark extension could literally save me lots of minutes everyday. Bracket Colorizer would also improve my workflow, especially when I'm lost in mountains of code.

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Adrian Matei

If you'd like to bookmark your "code snippet" also for other projects or from the web check this feature Bookmarking code snippets with Codelets I added to bookmarks.dev

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Sahil Bondre Author

sounds like a neat idea 🔥

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Sahil Bondre Author

I discovered bookmarks lately too. It has doubled my productivity indeed.

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Syed Ahmad Mustafa

Great posts, I wasn't aware about many of these. I also made a post regarding my favourite Vs Code extensions as well. I guess everyone has their own set of useful extensions.

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Sahil Bondre Author

Thanks 😄.
Will definitely check out your collection of extensions.

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Nilton Gomes Martins Junior

These are great! Thanks for sharing Sahil!

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Doaa Mahely

I immediately installed Bookmark! I take too many screenshots of code blocks to refer to later 😅

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Laszlo Roland Kiss

I'm really thankful for your post, some of the extentions were unknown for me but I will try them for sure.

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Sahil Bondre Author

i am glad 😊

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Dmitry Ivanov

Thank you so much! The post is so useful! I didn't hear about many of these plugins.

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Sahil Bondre Author

I am glad 😃

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TribbleCharming

Most things work in IntelliJ by default. And lots more. Why bother with VSCode?

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Sahil Bondre Author

Less memory usage! (Although not as less)

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Mohannad Bahaa

thanks , the only one i do not have it is git graph , i am using sourcetree but i will try git graph ext

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Sahil Bondre Author

need to have a look at sourcetree as well 😄

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Pavel Ermakov

These are nice. I will definitely give them a try. Thank you!

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Sahil Bondre Author

thank you 😊

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thanks

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Sangram

Here is my development extension pack, if any one is interested.
github.com/sangram-chavan/producti...
I have created clone repo & run mom install.
You will vsix file, which will help install all packages automatically
Cheers !!

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MariaNicole

Thanks for sharing this list. Quite useful tools. I particularly liked the Bracket pair colorizer... didn't know something that existed.. gonna make my coding life a little easier!

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Sarah 🦄

Great collection 👍 I haven't heard of Bookmarks before, it's gonna be a game changer 🙏😅

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Sahil Bondre Author

Well thank you for reading 😄

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Swastik Baranwal

Thanks for listing these, I am sure now my productivity will increase now!

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Sahil Bondre Author

Thanks to you man for reading!

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AMAN PANDEY

Great. Thank you for compiling this list.

I am a customization freak. And haven't heard many of these plugins before.
Keep up.😉

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Sahil Bondre Author

thanks 😄

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Nicholas Coffey

Bracket Colorizer looks like a game changer!

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Sahil Bondre Author

Indeed it is 😊

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Aishwarya Borkar

This is a wonderful list! I wish I'd known about Path Intellisense earlier, file imports in Ruby are giving me a big headache. 🤣

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Sahil Bondre Author

Even I discovered it when React started giving me headache 😂

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前端开发博客

Hello,nice post and nice extensions, can you authorize me to translate it into Chinese?