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Step one for any new editor is to configure the layout and theme. While Visual Studio Code's presentation out of the box is surprisingly good, let's tweak things a bit to my personal taste level.
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A clean workflow for manipulating files is essential. In this episode, you'll learn how to optimize the process of creating, deleting, renaming, and duplicating your files.
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Let's next review the process of traversing your file system. Or, in other words, what is the fastest way to open a file, or a class, or a PHP method. It's vital that we streamline this workflow as best as we can.
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The programming world splits into two groups: those who research Vim keybindings for each new editor they try, and those who are still figuring out how to exit Vim. If you're among the former, let's get these keybindings working.
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Please don't manually type out your various class and method structures. These are perfect use-cases for custom snippets. Let's create a few together, while reviewing some key variable names to make them more dynamic.
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If you're accustomed to opening a separate Terminal or iTerm window each time you need to trigger a console command, if you wish, you may now accomplish this directly from Visual Studio Code, via its terminal panel.
Ctrl-` is your friend.
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Visual Studio Code provides first-class Git support out of the box. Let's take a look.
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For the Laravel users among you, the Artisan extension allows you to trigger any
artisan command straight for the GUI. This means, within seconds, you can generate and load your new controller.
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Let's review some key PHP workflow techniques in this episode. What's the quickest way to import a class? Or how can we shorten fully qualified class names in less than a second?
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Built by Caleb Porzio, the "Better PHPUnit" extension offers us an incredibly clean workflow for building test-driven applications.
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Ideally, each time I save a PHP file, it should apply PSR-2 formatting, as well any number of automatic code fixes that I desire. Let's learn how to accomplish that very thing in this episode. You'll love it!
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We're getting nitpicky at this point, but that's okay. Having to reach for the mouse to right-click on a symbol to perform any kind of contextual action is a bit annoying. Let's instead assign a custom keyboard shortcut so that my hands can remain on the keyboard permanently.
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It's always a little tricky to setup a good PHP debugging workflow in your editor. Luckily, Jose Soto has documented the setup process for us. Yay! Now, we can follow a few quick steps to arrange for powerful PHP debugging in Visual Studio Code.
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How did we get along so long before the wonder of multiple cursors? We'll never know. If this concept is new to you, you're in for a productivity treat.
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