Read and understand code faster with programming ligatures in Fira Code font | Making Visual Studio perfect

I was recently on a conference and spotted this nice code font:
Fira Code
which makes us of “ligatures” that takes common programming characters and make them more readable.

Such as >= ++ != and presents them in a more condensed and more readable way.

Read more here:
Read and understand code faster with programming ligatures in Fira Code font | Making Visual Studio perfect

To use in Visual Studio 2017, download from:
https://github.com/tonsky/FiraCode/releases/download/1.204/FiraCode_1.204.zip

Unzip ttf folder select all fonts, right click menu and install.
Open/Restart VS2017 -> Options -> Environment -> Fonts and colors -> Select “Fira Code” as font.

Fira Code on github:
https://github.com/tonsky/FiraCode

Scott Hanselman on Monospaced Programming Fonts with Ligatures:
https://www.hanselman.com/blog/MonospacedProgrammingFontsWithLigatures.aspx

See more code in VS2017 – Shrink Empty Lines Addon

Use this addon for VS 2017:

Source: Shrink Empty Lines – Visual Studio Marketplace

Shrinks empty line height in code editor by 25% to be able to see more lines of codes at a glance.

Read more:
https://visualstudioextensions.vlasovstudio.com/2014/06/04/see-more-lines-of-code-with-syntactic-line-compression/

Attach To All The Things – Visual Studio 2017 Addon

Great tool for attaching VS 2017 debug to IIS for instance.

It will add some menu options under the Tools menu.
After installing this addon its possible set a keyboard shortcut by searching for “tools.attach” in the VS keyboard shortcut window.

Source: Attach To All The Things – Visual Studio Marketplace

Visual Studio Toolkit – Visual Studio 2015/2017 Extension

Great small extension for the following functionality:

  • Select 2 files in Solution Explorer, right click and new menu option at the top “Compare files”.
  • Right click solution or a project, new menu option at the top “Edit Solution/Project file”
  • Locate File in Solution Explorer / Source Control explorer (right click menu on tab in code edit window)

Source: Visual Studio Toolkit – Visual Studio Marketplace

Visual Studio Window Title Changer Extension

https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=IstvanPasztor.VisualStudioWindowTitleChanger

Changes the Visual Studio Window Title by evaluating a user defined expression. Extremely helpful when working with multiple branches of the same project.

Script I use to see current branch in TFS (path) or GIT (git branch) in title: