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My VSCode setup for Elixir development

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My VSCode setup for Elixir development

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Alexander Strizhakov
ยทSep 9, 2022ยท

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Hey, folks! ๐Ÿ‘‹

Today I want to write up my VSCode setup for Elixir/Phoenix development. I assume that you have already installed Elixir and Phoenix. If not, you can use these links:

I'm using asdf to keep several versions of Elixir/erlang and switch them among projects.

Extensions

ElixirLS: Elixir support and debugger for VS Code

After installing, let's add some configuration. We will be adding the configuration directly to the settings JSON file. To do it type Cmd+Shift+P (or Ctrl+Shift+P) and type Preference: Open Settings (JSON). Add settings to enable auto-formatting on file save and support for emmet:

"editor.formatOnSave": true,
"emmet.includeLanguages": {
  "html-eex": "html"
}

To enable debugging, go to Run and Debug and create a launch.json file. Screenshot 2022-09-09 at 09.16.35.png

Screenshot 2022-09-09 at 09.16.54.png

For Phoenix applications, add a new configuration. Now it should be possible to run Phoenix applications and debug them inside VSCode by adding breakpoints.

{
    "version": "0.2.0",
    "configurations": [
        // other configurations
        {
          // ...
        },
        {
            "type": "mix_task",
            "name": "phx.server",
            "request": "launch",
            "task": "phx.server",
            "projectDir": "${workspaceRoot}"
        }
    ]
}

Phoenix Framework

Syntax highlighting support for Phoenix templates. Add "phoenix-heex": "html" to "emmet.includeLanguages" setting. Like this:

"emmet.includeLanguages": {
  "html-eex": "html",
  "phoenix-heex": "html"
}

Will change this Screenshot 2022-09-09 at 10.11.13.png to this Screenshot 2022-09-09 at 10.13.16.png

Elixir Test

Adds some improvements while working with elixir tests:

  • quick navigation between code file and test file
  • run all tests from the test file
  • run test at the cursor

Tailwind CSS IntelliSense

Enhances the Tailwind development experience in VSCode and adds autocomplete to phoenix template files.

"files.associations": {
        "*.css": "tailwindcss"
},
"editor.quickSuggestions": {
        "strings": true
},
"tailwindCSS.includeLanguages": {
    "elixir": "html",
    "phoenix-heex": "html"
},
"tailwindCSS.emmetCompletions": true

Screenshot 2022-09-09 at 11.18.38.png

Vim

Adds Vim emulator to VSCode. To enable key-repeating, execute in your Terminal. Command for VSCode Insiders

defaults write com.microsoft.VSCodeInsiders ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool false

Visual tweaks:

Screenshot 2022-09-09 at 14.08.16.png

Fira Code font:

"editor.fontFamily": "FiraCode-Retina",
"editor.fontLigatures": true,
"editor.fontWeight": "450"

Don't forget to add .elixir_ls and .vscode dirs to the .gitignore file.

/.elixir_ls/
/.vscode/

Also, I remove some folders from file explorer:

"files.exclude": {
        "**/_build": true,
        "**/.elixir_ls": true
    }

Now, your IDE should be ready. Happy cracking! ๐Ÿ’™

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