The Best VS Code Extensions for JavaScript

Visual Studio Code is the most popular code editor today.

Its success comes from its ability to provide excellent performance and stability. Besides, it also offers much-needed features, which make coding much easier and comprehensive.

For this article, I’ll focus on extensions targeting JavaScript developers.

I’ll highlight the VS Code extensions that I use and those that are necessary for JavaScript developers.

So, here are my top extensions that might help boost your productivity or make your VS Code experience a little bit better.

ESLint

ESLint is the most popular JavaScript linter into a VS Code extensions. It helps you detect and fix a typical class of errors in your code. It is also useful for creating specific coding conventions within a project or team. This extension integrates the tool with your editor so that you can be warned about potential problems.

Live Server

This extension provides you with an easy way to serve static and dynamic pages from VS Code. It also supports live reloading server that reloads your project in the browser as you make changes. This extension not only works with static files but it also auto reloads the browser when you make changes in your server-side code.

JavaScript (ES6) code snippets

VS Code comes with many built-in code snippets. The JavaScript (ES6) code snippets extension adds snippets for ES6 (ECMAScript 6) syntax. This extension provides ES6 syntax for JavaScript, TypeScript, HTML, React and Vue extensions.

Prettier

Another useful extension for VS Code is called Prettier. So, if you want to make your code prettier, you should consider installing this handy little extension. This extension supports the formatting of JavaScript, TypeScript, and CSS.

AutoClose Tag

AutoClose Tag adds the closing tag for HTML tags. Although Visual Studio Code has built-in support for closing tags automatically in HTML files, this extension brings the same functionality for other languages such as Vue, JavaScript, TypeScript.

Babel JavaScript

This extension is used for JavaScript syntax highlighting for ES201x, React JSX, Flow, and GraphQL.

Debugger for Chrome

Debugging with this extension makes more efficient and it helps you save a lot of time and keeps your code cleaner. Debugger for Chrome allows front-end developers to debug their JavaScript code running inside Google Chrome from Visual Studio Code.

Code Spell Checker

A basic spell checker that works well with camelCase code.

Code Spell Checker aims to help catch common spelling errors while you code. Misspelled code, as long as it’s misspelled, works fine, but mistakes can still be embarrassing.

 

 

Visual Studio Code is a very popular choice for JavaScript developers because of a large number of quality extensions.

I hope this list has been introduced you to new VS Code extensions that can help you in your workflow.

“Before software can be reusable, it first has to be usable.” – Ralph Johnson

“Make it work, make it right; make it fast.” – Kent Beck

There are many more useful extensions that can be used, so let me know in the comment section which extensions do you use while you code.

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