DEV Community

Cover image for you need to relax a little developers

you need to relax a little developers

opendevs_2020 profile image open devs ・3 min read

hello friends, you know what is the best thing about vs-code? you can configure it the way you want & develop something to expand upon it. well in that context, today we at opendevs are introducing a new product: relax a little. as the name suggests, this free extension tells you to relax in a way that you want.

relax a little marketplace listingrelax a little marketplace listing

Wait, What do you mean in a way you want πŸ€”?

well like a good but strict friend it can remind you to take a break from all the coding you're doing & tell you to drink a little water or tell you to stop typing for a while, or straight up make the coding so uncolored that you have to take a break... but it asks you every detail about it first.

How can I use it πŸ“œ?

just configure it using the various ways available to make it more stubborn than you are so, it'll take care of the rest.

What exactly can I configure βš™?

whatever you want:

at what time you want to take a break

minutes till break setting

how long break duration should be

break duration minutes setting

how long should it take color to fade out completely

wind down duration minutes setting

at what rate colors will change?

color change frames setting

color change frames setting

if you forget to drink sufficient water (like us), then at what duration it should tell you for a little water break:

minutes till water break setting

minutes till water break setting

finally, our motivation behind it is to not put 1000 blocking notifications on your screen as we know how much some of you hate annoying popups, we did our homework:

blocking notification setting

also, each feature can individually be turned off, so if you are good at your water amount or you're saving water for the environment you can tell the extension so:

commands available

Full Demo

What's the story or motivation behind this❓

well on a fine lockdown Sunday we were working on some freelancing work, we were at it for a few hours at that point in time not realizing how much time has passed, one of us remembers sitting at our laptop after morning break and when he looked out of the window next, people were taking their dogs out for evening stroll πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈπŸ€¦β€. we knew we had to do something about it & we definitely show some of our friends having the same issue. we added this extension to our roadmap.

I can simply ignore these notifications, no use to me πŸ˜‘

if you want you can contact us & we might give you a call from time to time (on skype or other free platforms of course) but that's all we can do right? after all self-control is the key thing to learn while being a developer.

Can I contribute to make it better 😎 ?

of course, you can. we will love it for you to come up with ideas to improve fellow developers' health without being disruptive to their work & then implement those great ideas with us or fix some critical issues.

Are there some ideas you have in mind that I can develop as of now 🀩?

we do want to have a theme changer feature in it in near future to change the theme based on the time of the day, we also want to include some random quotes in breaks to make it fun to look at, of course, all of these features should be individually turn off-able.


so save on all those medicine πŸ’Š costs & give this project an ⭐ at github & visual studio marketplace or buy us a coffee?

Discussion (12)

Editor guide
coolscratcher profile image

Wow. Using this in my day-to-day work for sure!

mikr13 profile image
Mihir Kumar

Thanks a lot, do provide your valuable feedback or ideas if you don't mind.
Thanks again & stay healthy fellow developer. πŸ™ŒπŸ€©

coolscratcher profile image
CoolScratcher • Edited

Fellow 13-year-old developer :D

Thread Thread
mikr13 profile image
Mihir Kumar

Age is just a number when it comes to developers lol πŸ˜‚

krrishdhaneja profile image
Krrish Dhaneja

Hey it's a great one, will probably use it regularly and most probably during my vacations!πŸ˜…

mikr13 profile image
Mihir Kumar

Thanks Krrish, do let us know your feedback, ideas or suggestions. We'll highly appreciate it.
Thanks & stay healthy dude 😍πŸ”₯πŸ₯³

maciekgrzybek profile image
Maciek Grzybek

Really nice idea :) I'm trying this out tomorrow :) ❀️

mikr13 profile image
Mihir Kumar • Edited

Thank you very much Maciek and do let us know your honest feedback, suggestions or ideas.
Thanks again & stay healthy fam. 🀩πŸ₯³

jackmellis profile image

I'm using this this week. I can easily spend hours on end just staring at the screen without moving or drinking. Annoying me into stepping away every now and again is really useful!

alok722 profile image
Alok Raj

Plan a routine and configure it and try to follow that. Something like 50 minutes of work and 10 mins of break. Also drink a glass of water every hour at least.
Do let us know your bonest feedback

youhakin profile image

Cool stuff

alok722 profile image
Alok Raj

Please share your honest feedback and also share in your network too.