The importance of taking time out to check your code and html markup
February 18th, 2020
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I am noticing more and more that developers, new and experienced, rush to get their code deployed or sent for review, etc., and don’t check their code carefully before doing so. As a result, silly errors, which could cause not so silly issues, are overlooked. This means sloppy code.
It is so important to check your code as you go along.
ESLint for VS Code (that is the editor I use, for example),
Prettier Formatter for VS Code for
html! It is equally important to check for errors in the
html markup. There are three
VS Code extensions I find extremely helpful in checking for errors in
HTMLHint VS Codeextension by Mike Kaufman
Code Spell Checkerextension by Street Side Software
Highlight Matching Tagextension by vincasIt
HTMLHint is a static code analysis tool for
HTML. The way it works is that errors in
HTML files are highlighted with
squiggly lines and you can hover over the
squiggly lines to see the error message.
HTMLHint will only analyze the currently open
HTML file, and does not search for
HTML files to analyze within your project folder.
Code Spell Checker is a spelling checker for
source code. It also works well with
Highlight Matching Tag highlights
closing matching tags. This extension will try to match from anywhere:
tag attributes, from
inside strings, any
file, while also providing extensive styling options to customize how tags are
These extensions are especially useful when the
code base/html markup becomes very large, and it would become very difficult to find errors without them!
When you are working on a project, take the time to check for errors after creating your
html markup, and use tools such as these three plugins, along with the
EsLint (dbaeumer.vscode-eslint) extension for
VS Code by Dirk Baeumer, and
Prettier Code Formatter extension for
VS Code by Esben Petersen. Those few extra minutes you take to check your
code will save you much time and aggravation in the long run. Things can get very sticky when you are going through thousands of lines of
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