10 VS Code Extensions to Code Fast and Error Free

Visual Studio Code (VS Code) is a source code editor using which we can code on different kinds of technologies like Java, C++, JavaScript, Python, and many others. It is owned by Microsoft and is available for Windows, Linux, and macOS. It has a very clean and simple interface which helps to interact with its different functionalities easily. As it is very generic and available for many technologies so we can use different extensions to extend its functionalities.

VS Code extensions are the plugins or add-ons which add a specific feature or many features to existing functionalities. We have many more extensions available that help developers code very fast and efficiently to save time by reducing the chances of errors. In this blog, we shall discuss 10 VS code extensions to code fast and error-free.

You can install these extensions by searching its ID in VS code.

1. Prettier (ID: esbenp.prettier-vscode)

It is a very widely used extension that’s why you will see it has more than 20 million downloads. Prettier is used for formatting the source code. Managing an unformatted code document is a difficult task and it may result in missing closing brackets or putting some extra brackets. In some languages, adding some extra brackets does not show any syntax error but it has effects on the results so these logical errors are difficult to find. This VS code extension helps us to format our document so we can easily manage our code and find the possible closing tags errors. It is very helpful for HTML, CSS, JS, and Typescript projects.

2. Indent-Rainbow (ID: oderwat.indent-rainbow)

This extension puts different colors for indentation which is very useful for indent-dependent programming languages like Python, Nim, and Yaml. These programming languages use indent spaces instead of braces to specify the closing of a function or set of code. So, this extension will start a colorful vertical line for the code statement which needs to be closed. It has four different colored indent lines to easily identify each step of the code. Furthermore, indent-rainbow is not only usable for indent-dependent programming languages but it is also very beneficial for braces-dependent languages.


VS Marketplace Link: https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=oderwat.indent-rainbow


3. Auto Close Tag (ID: formulahendry.auto-close-tag)

Developers who shift from Sublime Text 3 or Visual Studio code editors to VS Code, feel a bit uncomfortable with closing tags. When we write the starting tag of HTML or XML in Sublime Text or VS, IDE automatically adds the closing tag which is very handy but in VS CODE we have to write the closing tag as well. To fix this problem in VS Code, you need to install this extension named Auto Close Tag.


4. Auto Rename Tag (ID: formulahendry.auto-rename-tag)

Auto rename tag extension’s purpose is clear as the name demonstrates it. It automatically renames the paired closing tag in HTML and XML. Again this feature is already available in Visual Studio. So after installing this extension, the developers who shifted from VS will have the same fast coding experience as they had in Visual Studio. Auto Rename Tag extension is very useful to increase the coding speed, reduce the chances of errors, and get the best coding experience.

VS Marketplace Link: https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=formulahendry.auto-rename-tag


5. Material Themes (ID: Equinusocio.vsc-material-theme)

Most developers feel very comfortable with dark themes. I would say they should feel comfortable with dark themes because light themes emit light and rays which affects the eyes of the users. As developers sit for hours in front of PCs which may affect their eyes so you should use this VS code extension for different color themes for VS Code. It has different dark themes like full black and blue shaded theme with different accent colors.


6. REST Client (ID: humao.rest-client)

REST Client extension is very beneficial for testing our code. Usually, when we write code, we have to deal with different APIs. To test our functionalities with APIs, we use some third-party applications like POSTMAN which we open as different programs and then send the requests to see the response. We also need to perform SIGN IN and some other settings to send these HTTP requests in such kinds of software programs. By using the REST Client extension, we can send the HTTP request and see the response without going out of the VS CODE. We can easily test our code’s communication with APIs responses.


7. Code Spell Checker (streetsidesoftware.code-spell-checker)

As it’s clear from its name that it is used for correcting the spelling mistakes in the code. It works very accurately with the variable names in camelCase notation and for the comments as well. It is a great plugin for developers who are very bad at spelling. Code spell checker is available in different speaking languages like German, Spanish, French, and many more. You can search your desired language spell checker by putting the language name at the start of the spell checker like “Italian – Code Spell Checker”. Finding the misspelled variable is very easy as it is highlighted, so it reduces the chances of errors that may be caused due to mistakenly setting different variable names for the same variable.


8. Live Server (ID: ritwickdey.LiveServer) – BEST of the VS Code Extensions

The live server extension starts a local server which enables a live-reload feature for developed web pages. Whenever we do even a small change to our code and we want to see that change in the browser, we have to reload the browser webpage manually which takes time. This extension is really a lifesaver for the coders (especially for the front-end developers). After installing this extension, when you make a change in the code and save the file, it automatically reloads that webpage on the browser. So the frontend developers can open the code file and the browser preview side by side to code fast and effectively without wasting time reloading the page again and again manually. Now, we also have LIVE SERVER ++ (Beta) which has the live reload functionality even without saving the code file. We can use this live server with different browsers and with customizable port numbers.

VS Marketplace Link: https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=ritwickdey.LiveServer


9. vscode-icons (ID: vscode-icons-team.vscode-icons)

VS Code icons add icons to the files in the explorer window so the developers can easily identify what kind of files they have in a folder and deal with them accordingly.

VS Marketplace Link: https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=vscode-icons-team.vscode-icons


10. Live Share (ID: MS-vsliveshare.vsliveshare)

Live Share extension is developed by Microsoft which enables developers to collaborate with their teammates in real-time. This is an amazing addition to VS Code. There is no change to IDE preferences while the developer is connected remotely. They are able to see each others’ cursors in real-time without any delay. They can easily work together without damaging the code. Now the developers can easily work on the same project without hosting the project on GIT repos.

VS Marketplace Link: https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=MS-vsliveshare.vsliveshare

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