We spend so much time in our text editors, and every now and again we encounter those little frustrating issues that slow us down. Perhaps finding the right file takes too long, or finding a matching closing bracket becomes a long-winded adventure on its own.
Let’s fix all these annoyances for good. In this post, we look into useful VS Code extensions for front-end development, from fine productivity boosters to advanced debugging helpers.
Table of Contents
Below you’ll find quick jumps to specific extensions that you might need. Scroll down for a general overview. Or skip the table of contents.
When it comes to log messages, the turbo-console-log extension has got your back. It automates the operation of writing meaningful log messages and inserts them automatically.
All you need to do is select the variable which you want to debug, press Ctrl + Alt + L, and the log message will be inserted in the next line. Keyboard shortcuts let you comment, uncomment, or delete all log messages from the current document.
Keeping Bundle Size Under Control
We all know that performance matters, but in practice, it can be quite a challenge not to lose it out of sight when you’re in the flow of writing code. To keep your bundle size under control, the Import Cost extension lets you immediately know if you’re importing a hefty package into your project.
Speaking of snippets: If you prefer a good snippets library over defining them yourself from scratch, these collections have got your back:
Write Your Own Code Snippets
There are a lot of code snippet plugins for different languages out there, but have you ever wondered how to define your own snippets in VS Code? Maurice Borgmeier summarized everything you need to know to get started.