Developers December 1, 2020

Have you paid for a VSCode extension?

ryanh1

I am considering building a VSCode extension. Most VSCode extensions are free.

(1) If you're a developer, are you using any paid extensions / IDE plugins?

(2) Are you familiar with any popular paid extensions / plugins?

I would appreciate input from all developers.

I'm especially interested in insights from those who have created their own VSCode extensions:
@thiagom
@bourhaouta
@domagojk
@Iliashad
@adamdriscoll
@titans
@stephpsqn
@PJijin
@lucasgmys

Thank you.

  1. 2
    1. No.
    2. No.

    Didn't know it was a thing, and TBH, it's hard to compete with free when the community is so vibrant. I'm sure it's possible, just hard.

  2. 1

    Hey @ryanh1, I'm a founder of Wallaby and Quokka (both are paid VS Code extensions mentioned in this thread). TabNine, WakaTime, Kite and Codota have paid plans, I have also seen a paid theme for VS Code, but can't remember the name of it.

    1. 1

      Thanks Artem. Very helpful. Congratulations on your success with Wallaby and Quokka.

    1. 2

      Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks @triangle

  3. 1
    1. I have not used any paid extensions. All extensions I use are free.
    2. No, I don't know any paid extensions.
  4. 1
    1. Yes
    2. https://intelephense.com/
      It manages to almost replace the PHPStorm for me at the fraction of the price. So I guess you would need to provide some big value before deciding to charge for it.
    1. 1

      +1 for Intelephense, largely because I wanted to support the developer.

    2. 1

      Thank you @meoweloper. Very helpful.

  5. 1
    1. No
    2. No

    I've been using VSCode for several years and I've never paid for an extension. Didn't even know there were paid extensions.
    I can't imagine an extension that I would pay for. It would probably have to be something that would save me a lot of money and/or time and it wouldn't be possible with any free tools.

    1. 1

      That's helpful. Thanks catico

  6. 1

    1- No
    2- Quokka

    The only class of extension I'd imagine paying for are those that make me measurably more productive. I'd consider paying for an extension that taught me keyboard shortcuts based on the mouse clicks I use most over time for example. I suspect I wouldn't pay much unless work was paying.

    1. 1

      I would also pay for this too. Maybe even right now, I see there is a Black Friday sale :)

    2. 1

      Thank you for this answer.

  7. 1
    1. No
    2. No

    Didn't know paid extensions was a thing

    1. 1

      Thank you for this answer.

  8. 1

    I never paid for one. The only one I know which is paid is https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=WallabyJs.wallaby-vscode. An extension that automatically runs your tests in the background and displays the result directly in the file.
    But I didn't pay for it.
    I think the value provided must be really high, and running the tests with one command in bash is not that a hassle so I paid an extension to do it.

    Also, the bar is already really high with free extension like this one: https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=VisualStudioExptTeam.vscodeintellicode
    It's using ML (or a bunch of ifs) to suggest code depending on what is typed more frequently.

    1. 1

      Thank you for this answer.

  9. 1

    1- No paid extensions
    2- I don't know any paid extensions

    I agree with the others, a paid extension must be really great and add features that it's difficult to build for a developer. I created two VScode extensions, one for the company I work for, and the other one is open source. It's an extension to get news directly in VSCode : https://github.com/stephpasquini/vscode-news

    1. 1

      Thank you for this answer.

  10. 1

    Neither but I paid for a theme license(Monokai Pro), eventually the pop-up got to me but I do use it on all my computers/environments.

    1. 1

      Thank you for this answer.

  11. 1

    1 No
    2 No

    It would have to be really great to pay for it. Also, usually extensions are picked based on their popularity, so it may be difficult to get noticed without many downloads. Big community could help with that I guess.

    1. 1

      Thank you for this answer.

  12. 1
    1. I have not used any paid extensions. All extensions I use are free.

    2. No, I don't know any paid extensions.

    I have most commonly used extensions, e.g. Bracket Pair Colorizer 2, Color Info, Debugger for Chrome, Docker, ESLint, GitLens, Live Share. I try to limit the number of extensions, but those are quite essential.

    As I code for DeFi, I've seen one really amazing extension during this year's Hackathon:
    https://hack.ethglobal.co/showcase/defi-support-for-vs-code-rec7Lzhsi2Xsjp7C0

    I wouldn't mind paying for this kind of niche extensions. For popular use cases, I probably will use the most popular free versions.

    Hope that helps, Ryan! ;-)

      1. 1

        Amazing work for this extension. I'm very curious about DeFi and dapps with web3. Do you work on any kind of dapp ?

        1. 1

          This is not done by me, but a fellow hacker on the HackMoney DeFi Hackathon. I did create a tool for developers who want to build DApps: https://theapis.io

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