Quick Refactor: Keep Casing in VSCode Search + Replace

February 25, 2021

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Illustration by my buddy Loor Nicolas


THE PROBLEM

We have a pet object, whose value under the key of name we are changing. We are saving a reference to the old value that the key name pointed to for logging purposes.

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Now we realize that we’d like to rename the key name to alias. A refactoring is in order. So we pull up the find and replace feature by pressing ctrl/cmd + f.

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But oops! as they key name is also used in camelCase as part of other variables names newPetName and oldPetName , we get a casing mismatch after replacing. newPetalias and oldPetalias don’t look so good…

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A SOLUTION

We are going to undo this change and repeat it using the preserve case option on the find and replace feature by pressing the AB button.

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Now we’ve saved time refactoring and our pets are happy with their aliases!

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Jon Portella

Written by Jon Portella.