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Best VS Code Extensions

If you're familiar with Ponicode, then you know that our philosophy is based around making developers lives easier and being the best partner to developers that we can possibly be. Continuing on from this, we've put together this list of handy VS Code extensions that we think will think will spruce up your coding life - all from your favourite IDE.

Settings Sync 🚀

We’re starting with this handy extension first as it will save you time if you decide to try out any of the following. Settings Sync allows you to sync pretty much everything you customise in VS Code, from snippets, themes, icons, launch, keybindings, workspaces and even other extensions across multiple machines.

Benefits: saves you valuable time, gives you access to your preferred IDE from any device.

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GitLens 🔍

GitLens is an open source extension that combines the capabilities of Git with VS Code. This is a powerful extension that allows you to see who, why, and how lines of code have changed over time, it helps you to visualise code authorship at a glance via Git blame annotations and code lens, seamlessly navigate and explore Git repositories, and a whole lot more.

Benefits: helps you to better understand your code, allows you to effortlessly explore the history and evolution of a codebase.

open-source, git, gitlens, vscode, annotation

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Combine the capabilities of Git with VS Code

Visual Studio IntelliCode 🤓

This extension aims to aid developers and programmers with AI-assisted code completion suggestions. It comes with default support for Python, TypeScript, JavaScript, React, and Java. 

Benefits: saves you time by putting what you’re most likely to use at the top of your completion list.

javascript, typescript, python, artificial intelligence, javascriptreact

Prettier 🌸

Prettier is an opinionated code formatter that enforces a consistent style by parsing your code and reprinting it with its own rules that take the maximum line length into account, wrapping code when necessary. 

Benefits: Having consistent formatting and styling across your code can save a lot of time, especially when collaborating with other developers.

javascript, typescript, formatter, prettier, vscode

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Save time with more legible code

Better Comments 💭

Better Comments allows you to create more human-friendly comments in your code, categorising your annotations into alerts, queries, TODOs, highlights, etc. 

Benefits: clear and digestible code will save lots of time for you and also for your team

formatter, typescript, javascript, cleancode, python

[DEPRECATED} Bracket Pair Colorizer 🌈

Now a native feature of VS Code

This might be fairly obvious, but the Bracket Pair Colorizer colourises the opening and closing brackets so that you can identify matching brackets with colours. You can define which characters to match, and which colours to use.

Benefits: Saves you time, reduces confusion and generally makes your coding life easier

JavaScript, TypeScript, productivity, vscode, multi-root ready

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Add some colour to your code

Debugger for Chrome 🪲

The debugger is a VS Code extension to debug your JavaScript code in the Google Chrome browser or other targets that support the Chrome DevTools Protocol. It helps to debug eval scripts, script tags, scripts that are added dynamically, and setting breakpoints, including in source files when source maps are enabled.

Benefits: detect errors earlier on in the development process, gain useful information of data structures and allow easy interpretation.

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Snippets ✂️

Code snippets are templates that make it easier to enter repeating code patterns, such as loops or conditional-statements. While VSCode includes built-in JS IntelliSense, Code Snippets enhance that experience by adding a slew of import/export triggers, class helpers, and method triggers.

Benefits: saves time and boosts productivity

snippets, javascript, productivity, typescript, vscode

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Boost productivity with code snippets

Live Share 🤝

Visual Studio Live Share enables you to collaboratively edit and debug with others in real time, regardless what programming languages you're using or app types you're building. 

Benefits: instantly and securely share your current project, share debugging sessions, terminal instances and more

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Live Server 💓

Live server launches a local development server with a live reload feature for both static and dynamic pages. Every time you save your code you’ll automatically see the changes reflected in your browser.

Benefits: spotting errors will be much quicker and it will be easier to experiment with your code.

keybindings, multi-root, debug, vscode, developer tool

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Easily spot errors in your code

Ponicode 🦄

Obviously, no VS Code extensions list would be complete without Ponicode. Ponicode allows you to create, modify and visualise your unit tests in seconds, boosting your coverage with AI-powered test generation.

Benefits: assists you in the task of unit testing, saving you time while ensuring your code is well tested

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That's a wrap on our list of best extensions for VS Code. Hopefully you discovered a new tool in the list that will make your life as a developer that little bit easier 😉

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