Setting Per File Type Tab Configurations in VSCode

If you would like to have different tab configurations (tabs or spaces) along with the number of tab chars for different file types you can update your user settings.

The first thing you need to do is figure out what the file type code thinks the file that you want to change is. Open the file in vscode and then look at the bottom right of your window. In my case, I’m looking at an avro schema (.avsc) file:

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VSCode Keyboard Shortcut to Toggle Visibility of the Explorer Side Panel

I usually have at least two panes in my IDE so that I can see two files, or different parts of the same file, at the same time. VSCode pegs the debug variables in the Explorer side bar so I also end up having to make that panel large at times to see the variables while debugging.

Following are the keybindings that you can add to enable you to toggle the visibility of the left-hand side panel.

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Running Multiple VSCode Windows from the Same Workspace

In order to have two separate VSCode windows open that point to the same workspace, press CTRL+Shift+P and then search for Duplicate As Workspace in New Window. This will open a new window that is associated with the current workspace.

The thing to keep in mind is that it just DUPLICATED the existing workspace in a new window. Notice that at the top of the EXPLORER it will say UNTITLED (WORKSPACE). You can now work with two windows → Continue reading “Running Multiple VSCode Windows from the Same Workspace”

Configuring VSCode to Use Build Tags in GoLang to Separate Integration and Unit Test Code

One of the ways to separate unit and integration test code in golang is to use build tags.

A TLDR; on build tags is that it is a way to tell the compiler which source code to include or ignore when doing a build.

For example: if we have the following golang code:

// +build integration

package integration

import "testing"

func TestSomething(t *testing.T) {
	// Some test code
}

Then this code will only be compiled if we run the → Continue reading “Configuring VSCode to Use Build Tags in GoLang to Separate Integration and Unit Test Code”

VSCode Change Indent for File Explorer Tree

For me, I have a hard time distinguishing between the folders, sub-folders, and files in the file explorer of VSCode because the indent is not very pronounced.

In order to increase the indent go to File -Preferences -Settings. Search for “indent” and then click on Workbench in the left-hand side navigation pane of the settings window and scroll down to Workbench Tree: Indent and then enter the number of pixels for the tree indentation. I doubled it, going → Continue reading “VSCode Change Indent for File Explorer Tree”

Visual Studio Code Cheat Sheet under Linux

As I’m still learning vscode, I’m keeping track of a cheat sheet for shortcuts and other functionality for the IDE.

The following is under Linux, specifically Debian 10 with XFCE.

Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Edit a string in the entire file that matches exactly the string that you have highlighted. For example: you might have a comment, or a variable name, in a file that you want to find and change globally. Highlight the string and then type CTRL+Shift+L then type the
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VSCode Keyboard Shortcut to Navigate Between Split Panes

In general, I cannot stand using a mouse. It hurts my hand and takes up a ton of time having to move my hand from the keyboard, to the mouse, move the mouse, click, and then move back to the keyboard.

I am a relatively new VSCode user and was pleased that it has a really good vim emulator. I almost always write code in a split screen so that I can either see two different files at the same → Continue reading “VSCode Keyboard Shortcut to Navigate Between Split Panes”