VS Code useful Tips and Tricks

VS Code is one of the popular editor in the world of web development.

It’s became major part of my day to day web development cycle.

I’ve used lots of shortcuts or tricks or best practices over the period of time.

In this post, I would like to present to some of the steps that I’ve been using in my development works.

VS Code Insiders

Insiders is a pre-release of standard edition of vs code.

You can install and use it in parallel with standard edition.

Mostly, it’s a kind of nightly build. You will be getting updates daily or weekly basis based on commits happening in vs code insider.

Insider edition has a green icon whereas standard edition has an icon in blue in color.

When you start using insider, you’ll be the first person receiving the latest features and bug fixes compared to the one using standard edition.

Breadcrumbs

Sometimes we will be working with the small screen machines. Keeping the solution explorer always open isn’t an optimal solution when we are working on the small screen laptops. One of the solutions can be keeping the files hidden and opening whenever needed.

In that case, traversing between files or folders is bit difficult.

To resolve this problem, we have option called breadcrumbs in VS Code.

Breadcrumb navigation lets you jump to symbols and files in your workspace.

Breadcrumbs shows the current location and allows you to quickly navigate between symbols and files. To start using breadcrumbs, enable it with the View > Toggle Breadcrumbs command or via the breadcrumbs.enabled setting.

You can modify the user settings by visiting the settings page using shortcut CTRL +, or visiting the option File>Preferences>settings

In the search bar, search for the option breadcrumbs. You can find the following UI

I usually enable the breadcrumbs for File Path, because don’t use symbol path navigation. You can use the available options based on your needs.

Traversing between files

Log Points

Log Points is one of favorite feature in recent times. Log point can be added similar to breakpoint in code.

A log point is represented by the diamond icon. Log Points are useful for injecting the logs while debugging.
A Log point is a variant of a breakpoint that does not “break” into the debugger but instead logs a message to the console. 

Just like regular breakpoints, Log points can be enabled or disabled and can also be controlled by a condition and/or hit count.

Why Log Points?

Mostly, when we are working with JavaScript or TypeScript we use console.log(..) for logging some messages. Sometimes we forgot to remove those debugging related messages while shipping application to Production or Customer.

When we are using Log Points, we don’t have to worry about this problem. Because Log Points message are available only in debugger mode.

Log messages are plain text but can include expressions to be evaluated within curly braces (‘{}’).

External Terminal

I’m great fan of Integrated terminal option since it is released. Even though I prefer external terminal to run the node related build commands.

Sometimes I accidentally close the VS Code instance, that time my terminal also get terminated. To avoid that I started using the external terminal build related commands.

The shortcut in Windows OS for VS Code to launch the external terminal is

Crtl + Shift + c

By default, the external terminal is set to command prompt of Windows. We can change it based on our needs.

For example, We can change it to Git bash or any other third party terminals.

You can use the settings page to change the mentioned changes like below

Summary

I will be updating this same post regularly based on the new tips or tricks if I come across anything new.

Happy Coding!

Create custom WhatsApp stickers with your photo – See How?

WhatsApp has recently introduced stickers option. To get this feature, make sure you are using the latest version of WhatsApp.

So, how to create custom WhatsApp stickers?

Go to google play store, install the following app

Sticker maker for WhatsApp

Click here for the download link
‘Sticker maker for WhatsApp’ is one of the easiest ways to use stickers on WhatsApp and here is how to use:
  1. Make Sticker packs for a pet, your girlfriend, your family, your friends in 4 easy steps.
  2. And add a name for your pack
  3. Add the stickers to the pack, cut them with your finger.
  4. Publish the Sticker pack.

 

Now, a new page that lets you add up to 30 custom stickers of your own will open. However, the icon on top will be the tray icon or the icon which will appear as an identifier for you sticker pack in WhatsApp. Do note that the tray icon will not appear as a sticker.

Steps to create the sticker pack

Install the Sticker maker for WhatsApp app

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After installing, open the app and create sticker pack

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Add the images you wish to add in the pack, you need to add a minimum 3 stickers to save the pack

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Once added, you can publish and add to your WhatsApp. Make sure you are using images with no background or less background.

To clear the background, you can use the app “Background Eraser”

Screenshot Image

If you are just experimenting with the app, you can download a sample picture from the internet. Search in google for images with png format.
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Once you have published the sticker and added to Whatsapp. You can start sending to your friends.

 

I hope you have a funny picture of your friends. So give a try and leave your feedback in the comment section.

Have fun.