13 Essential Visual Studio Code Extensions for Frontend Developers

Dmitry Zaets
Architecture & Engineering
April 11, 2024

These extensions can supercharge your coding experience, making tasks easier and more efficient. In this post, we'll share 13 essential VS Code extensions that we use and recommend. From AI pair programming to colorized logs, these tools have got you covered!

1. GitHub Copilot

Starting the list with GitHub Copilot, your AI pair programmer. It suggests whole lines or blocks of code right in your editor. A game-changer for productivity!

2. GitHub Pull Requests and Issues

The GitHub Pull Requests and Issues extension provides a full GitHub workflow - manage and review pull requests, issues, and more right from your editor. Stay in the zone!

3. GitLens

GitLens supercharges the Git capabilities of VS Code. It helps you to visualize code authorship at a glance. Never wonder who wrote this line of code again!

4. Dev Containers

Dev Containers lets you use a Docker container as a full-featured dev environment. It allows you to work with a sandboxed toolchain or test your code against different runtimes.

5. Code Spell Checker

Code Spell Checker is a lifesaver for catching typos in your code, comments, and markdown files. It even works great with camelCase!

6. i18n Ally

i18n Ally provides an all-in-one i18n (internationalization) extension for VS Code. It supports many frameworks and has inline annotations, translation overview, and more.

7. DocThis

DocThis is a VS Code extension that automatically generates detailed JSDoc comments. Just type /** and see the magic!

8. Pretty TS Errors

Pretty TS Errors makes TypeScript errors more readable and fun. It colorizes and organizes your TypeScript errors for better debugging.

9. Better Comments

Better Comments allows you to categorize your annotations into alerts, queries, TODOs, and more. Improve your code readability with color-coded comments!

10. Output Colorizer

Output Colorizer adds syntax colorization for both the output/debug/extensions panel and *.log files. Make your logs more readable!

11. Rainbow CSV

Rainbow CSV provides syntax highlighting for CSV files and allows you to run SQL-like queries. It makes working with CSV files a breeze!

12. Jest

The Jest extension provides a powerful testing tool right in your editor. It offers inline results, coverage reports, and snapshot updates. Make testing a part of your dev process!

13. Figma

Last but not least, Figma is a must-have for developers working closely with designers. This extension allows you to view Figma designs and copy CSS from layers directly in VS Code. Streamline your design-to-code process!

That's it! These 13 essential VS Code extensions can significantly enhance your frontend development workflow. Give them a try and see how they can improve your productivity. Happy coding!

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