Solid VS Code extensions

I use VS Code as my daily editor, and one of its best features is the wide selection of extensions. However, as with any other large marketplace, discoverability is a real issue.

In an attempt to resolve that issue, here is a curated list of some great VS Code extensions that you might not have tried before:

- Code Spell Checker: This extension has saved me from committing embarrassing spelling mistakes on multiple occasions.

- Copy GitHub URL: Adds commands to copy the URL for the current location on GitHub. Obviously more helpful if you use GitHub a lot.

- es6-string-html: Adds syntax highlighting for ES6’s multiline strings. Just add a comment /*html*/ and your backticked strings are more usable.

- Format Comment: Adds a command to nicely format comments. Really nice if you prefer the // syntax to /** */ (which VS Code already formats nicely.

- Live Server: Adds a button to the bottom status bar to launch a local development server in the current directory. Never Google “serve directory python” again!

Happy extending!

About the author

Sean McPherson is a software engineer for Khan Academy who specializes in web and mobile app development. He lives with his wife, sons, and dog in Pittsburgh, PA. (SDG)