VS Code – Open HTML using tasks


I love VS Code. If you didn’t know that, you haven’t taken my class, followed my tweets, or ever met me. I like it as much as a CrossFitter likes to talk about CrossFit or a Vegan likes to tell you how healthy they are. Yes, I like it that much.

I was irritated by one thing… I can just open a simple html file in a browser. I don’t want to build a huge project, run gulp tasks, and make sure everything is passing all my unit tests. I just want to write a simple demo of something in html and view it.

I figure out how to do it. I leverage the build task for my index.html and I leverage the test task (ctrl-shift-t) to open the current file in a browser.

Super easy:

	"name": "webTask",
	"suppressTaskName": true,
	"command": "start",
	"isShellCommand": true,
	"tasks": [
			//Build Task
			"taskName": "indexView",
			//Run On Shift+Ctrl+B
			"isBuildCommand": true,
			//Don't run when Shift+Ctrl+T
			"isTestCommand": false,
			// Show the output window if error any
			"showOutput": "silent",
			//Npm Task Name
			"args": [
			//Test Task   
			"taskName": "viewFile",
			// Don't run on Shift+Ctrl+B
			"isBuildCommand": false,
			// Run on Shift+Ctrl+T
			"isTestCommand": true,
			"showOutput": "silent",
			"args": [

Tada That’s it! That is my tasks.json that does it.

Easy right? Enjoy!


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