Last Update: Jul 11, 2021
It’s a bold claim to say an IDE extension can make you a better developer, but you should install this new Pluralsight extension and see for yourself.
What do you do when you run into a coding problem? When I’m working on something, I follow the same steps:
- Try a bunch of stuff
- Google it
- Stack Overflow (Google usually sends me here)
- Ask a peer/friend
- Go to Pluralsight and search for the topic (especially if it’s something new to me)
In the last step, I search for a course in the library, then drill down to the thing I need, and see what I’m missing. This extensions will do that for you automatically.
This Pluralsight extension suggests clips from courses on the things you’re working on right now. It suggests content based on your code to help strengthen your skills. Here’s an example.
I have a React application loaded up and when I load up app.js:
Now the extension suggests clips like how to register a service worker as well as some great demos. If I don’t know how a Service Worker operates, there are some quick ways to ramp up here.
I can open each clip with a single click and watch as many as I’d like.
Here are some other cool features:
Dependencies Related View
Workspace Related Content
In the workspace related view, it looks at all the major technologies used in your project and recommends content based on it.
If you log in with your Pluralsight account, the channels view can show you a listing of all your channels. I have created 18 channels on Pluralsight so this is a helpful way to browse them when needed.
With content search you can easily search Pluralsight’s content for related courses. This one is really handy for a quick search of something you may have temporarily forgotten or to brush up on a new framework, library, or coding practice.
Pluralsight takes your privacy seriously. Your source code always stays on your machine and is not sent to Pluralsight. The extension looks for meaningful search terms in the active file, randomizes the order, removes any high entropy terms (potential passwords), eliminates any code comments, and then submits a request to the Pluralsight recommendations engine to find relevant clips. You can disable this if you’d like.
Why You Should Try This Extension
Habits in your workflow determine your success. By making learning part of your daily habits you’re giving yourself the advantage of constant improvement. This extension helps you learn in small doses when you’re stuck or when you’re curious and want to learn something new. That helps you become a better developer.
You can find the extension by searching for “Pluralsight” in the extensions view in VSCode or on the Visual Studio Marketplace.
If you have suggestions or feedback, share it with firstname.lastname@example.org.