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Discussion on: 💡 10 VS Code extensions I can't code without

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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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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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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 !!