Some Recommended VS Code Extensions

Some Recommended VS Code Extensions

One of the things that makes Visual Studio Code (VSCode) such a great editor is the many extensions that have been built for it. Extensions in VSCode are explained here. As a reference for myself when building new machines,and anyone else who might find this useful, below is a list of my most used extensions:

  • Bracket pair colorizer – Colours your brackets and braces for easy identification. I avoid many missing bracket errors with this one!
  • XML Tools – XML Formatting, XQuery, and XPath Tools.
  • ESLint – Extension to integrate ESLint into the IDE.
  • SonarLint – Sonar Rules in VSCode to check your code quality as you go.
  • Prettier – Integrate Prettier into your IDE
  • GitLens – Extend the Git capabilities of VSCode with this tool.
  • PowerShell – Develop PowerShell scripts inside VSCode.
  • Docker – Develop Dockers scripts inside VSCode. Adds syntax highlighting, commands, hover tips, and linting for Dockerfile and docker-compose files.
  • REST Client – Allows you to send HTTP requests and view the response directly in VSCode.
  • JS Refactor – Automated refactoring tools to smooth your JavaScript development workflow.

Check out more on the VSCode marketplace.

What are you using?

Bing (without the Bling)

You want to try out Microsoft’s new search engine, but you don’t quite trust it yet so you’re worried it might miss something which means you search on both – right? Well check out http://www.google-vs-bing.com. This allows you to search both at the same time and displays the results side by side in a split window.

Also Bing by default displays a large background image on its home page. Microsoft argue that this does not slow down a users search experience, but if you like a plain look then it is possible to turn it off.