Our goal is to provide you with easy-to-use, intuitive refactorings. They help you clean the code and understand what's going on.
All refactorings are available through the Command Palette.
Some refactorings have default keybindings configured, but you can change that.
Refactorings that don't have default keybindings are available through VS Code Quick Fixes. You usually access them by clicking on the lightbulb that appear next to the code 💡
We recommend you to use the official shortcut (e.g.
Simplifying Conditional Logic:
Working around the syntax:
This refactoring allows you to rename things and make sure all references in your code follow! It's easier and safer to use than a classic "Find and Replace".
VS Code does this refactoring very well. That's why this refactoring is merely an alias. It delegates the work to VS Code.
This refactoring helps you give a meaning to the hardcoded constants and low-level expressions. It makes your source code easier to read and maintain.
It will extract the closest element from your cursor or partial selection.
It will also handle multiple occurrences.
This refactoring is the opposite of Extract Variable. It replaces a redundant usage of a variable or a constant with its initializer. It's usually helpful to inline things so you can extract them differently.
This refactoring is similar to Inline Variable, but for functions. It replaces each call to the function with the function body. It helps to remove needless indirections.
Move Statement Up
Moves the whole selected statement up. If the selected statement and the one above are one-liners, this is the same as doing VS Code Move Line Up. But if one of these statements is multi-lines, this refactoring is very handy!
As for all refactorings, it works even if you partially select the statement, or if the cursor is on the statement.
Move Statement Down
Same as Move Statement Up, but it moves the selected statement down. Like, the other direction. That's it.
Move Statement Up and Move Statement Down also work on object properties. They always produce valid code, so you don't have to bother with the trailing comma anymore!
Negates the logical expression while preserving behaviour. It can be useful to tweak a logical expression before extracting meaningful chunks out of it.
It will negate the closest expression from your cursor or partial selection.
Remove Redundant Else
Flips a ternary statement. It's really similar to Flip If/Else refactoring.
Convert If/Else to Ternary
Converts an if/else statement into a (shorter) ternary expression. This is very handy to improve code readability.
Convert Ternary to If/Else
Converts a ternary expression into an if/else statement. It reverses Convert If/Else to Ternary refactoring.
Convert If/Else to Switch
Converts an if/else statement into a switch statement. This is typically what you do before introducing polymorphism to clean object-oriented code.
Split If Statement
Splits the logical expression of the closest if statement. This is an helpful tool to help you refactor complex branching logic, safely.
Merge If Statements
This is the opposite of Split If Statement. It consolidates nested ifs to clean up the code.
It also works with
Merge With Previous If Statement
Merges selected statement with the if statement that is above. This is handy when you want to decompose a conditional to clean the code.
If you want to merge 2 consecutive if statements, it will resolve the dead code for you:
Bubble up If Statement
Useful when you need to have the similar conditionals at the top level. If you get there, you'll be able to convert them into a top-level
Hocus, pocus… This refactoring takes care of the gymnastic for you! Resulting code will have the same behaviour.
Remove Dead Code
Sometimes, Abracadabra can determine that some code can't be reached. If so, it can also get rid of the dead code for you.
Split Declaration and Initialization
Splits the declaration of the variable and its initialization. If it's a
Add Braces to Arrow Function
Useful when you need to add code in the body of an arrow function.
VS Code provides this refactoring, but it only works if you have the correct selection. This one works wherever your cursor is!
Remove Braces from Arrow Function
Does the contrary of Add Braces to Arrow Function. Same advantages over VS Code: it works wherever your cursor is.
Convert to Template Literal
It's also useful when you want to turn a string into a template string.
Replace Binary with Assignment
This one might seem obscure, but it's really replacing
Convert For-Loop to Foreach
When it's possible, it converts an old-school for-loop into a
Have a look at our CHANGELOG to get the details of all changes between versions.
We follow SemVer convention for versionning.
That means our releases use the following format:
Read our contributing guide to learn about our development process, how to propose bugfixes and improvements, and how to build and test your changes to Abracadabra.
To help you get your feet wet and become familiar with our contribution process, we have a list of good first issues that contains things with a relatively limited scope. This is a great place to get started!
Thanks goes to these wonderful people (emoji key):
This project follows the all-contributors specification.
Contributions of any kind are welcome!
VS Code native refactorings
VS Code ships with basic refactoring operations.
Pros of Abracadabra over these:
Cons of Abracadabra over these:
Abracadabra is quite similar. The differences are:
Abracadabra is very similar to this one. They both rely on VS Code Quick Fixes. The few differences are:
Why building yet another refactoring extension then?
Good question. The best move would surely have been to reach out one of the author of existing extensions to see how we could have improved them, instead of creating a new one.
But the motivations to build Abracadabra instead were:
For now, we have fun and do our best to build a great extension!
When we'll have more experience, we'll probably ping the authors of other extensions to see how we could consolidate our efforts for the community. That's why we encourage you to test Abracadabra and give us your feedback!