C# (by Microsoft)
The first and most essential extension for .NET developers is the official "C#" extension developed by Microsoft. It provides robust support for C# language features, debugging, code completion, and IntelliSense. This extension brings the full power of Visual Studio's C# capabilities into VS Code, making it a must-have for any .NET developer.
.NET Core Test Explorer
Testing is a crucial part of the software development process, and the ".NET Core Test Explorer" extension simplifies running and debugging unit tests in VS Code. It automatically discovers and displays tests from your .NET Core projects, making it easier to navigate and execute individual tests without leaving the editor.
NuGet Package Manager
Managing packages and dependencies is a critical aspect of .NET development. The "NuGet Package Manager" extension allows you to search, install, and update NuGet packages directly from within VS Code. It streamlines the package management process and ensures that your projects stay up-to-date with the latest libraries and frameworks.
Razor Syntax Highlighter
For developers working with ASP.NET Core, the "Razor Syntax Highlighter" extension is indispensable. It enhances the code highlighting for Razor views and components, making it easier to work with server-side HTML and C# code seamlessly in a single file.
GitLens - Git supercharged
Collaboration and version control are essential in software development. The "GitLens" extension takes the built-in Git capabilities of VS Code to the next level. It provides an abundance of features such as code lens, blame annotations, history exploration, and more, empowering .NET developers to be more efficient when working with Git repositories.
When experimenting with code snippets or performing quick tests, the "Code Runner" extension comes in handy. It enables you to run code directly from the editor without the need to create a separate project or file, supporting various languages, including C#. This extension saves time and simplifies the process of quickly testing code.
"Live Share" is an incredible extension for remote collaboration. It allows .NET developers to work collaboratively in real-time, enabling pair programming, code reviews, and troubleshooting sessions without the need for everyone to be in the same physical location. This extension enhances teamwork and can significantly boost productivity.
For developers working with APIs and web services, the "REST Client" extension is a game-changer. It allows you to send HTTP requests directly from within VS Code and view the responses. This extension simplifies API testing and debugging, making it easier to work with external services in your .NET projects.
Bracket Pair Colorizer
Keeping track of matching brackets and parentheses can be challenging, especially in large codebases. The "Bracket Pair Colorizer" extension provides a visual aid by colorizing matching brackets, helping .NET developers to navigate and understand the code structure more effectively.
Navigating file paths in a project can be time-consuming, but the "Path Intellisense" extension helps streamline this process. It autocompletes file paths as you type, reducing the chances of making mistakes and enhancing the overall development experience for .NET developers.
finally VS Code is just like a swiss knife it's a multi purpose but make sure you have right tools in your pocket.