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What are the best Visual Studio extensions?

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Carol W. Echols

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Visual studio happens to be a great development environment. But you can make it even better with the help of a few extensions. You can get a lot of free extensions using which you can enhance your experience of writing code. Not just that, but it can also help you to reduce bugs.

Customizability is one of the best things about Visual Studio Code, especially through extensions. If you are into web developing, you cannot do without these extensions. Following are some of the top free extensions you can get for your Visual Studio.

  1. Debugger for Chrome
    Debugging JavaScript can do much more than just writing console.log() statement. Chrome has built-in features that can make debugging a great experience. With the use of this extension, you can get to use all those debugging features directly from your Visual Studio.

  2. Live server
    This is yet another great extension you can use for your Visual Studio. With the help of this extension, you can change in the code editor, refresh to view changes and switch to the browser. It makes the work of a developer much easier.

  3. CSS Peek
    This is a great tool in the case; you forget what CSS class was used for. It can prove to be handy in your work, especially when you have to rewrite someone else’s code. Other than that, the tool can be helpful while working with a big team.

  4. GitLens
    If you have to work with a large team, then this tool can prove to be of great help. This tool allows you to take a peek into the latest revision of the code. You can also see the code author and also shift to a particular commit from within the Visual Studio interface.
    These are only a few of the top names. You can find many other free Visual studio extensions out there.


Andreas Neumann

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My favorite extension is Code Compare. I use it quite often and it has all the necessary features for me. You can make text comparison and merging, semantic source code comparison, folder comparison, etc. Besides, it works well with version control systems. Code Compare is shipped both as a standalone file diff tool and a Visual Studio extension.

One more handy tool for my daily work is Review Assistant. It's a code review plug-in for Visual Studio which  allows you to create review requests and respond to them without leaving Visual Studio

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