Adding Fire to your Coding with Fira Code Font

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I found today's post topic via Sergey Vlasov's, Read and understand code faster with programming ligatures in Fira Code font, post and wondered how have I never seen this, or like, font? Needless to say, now that I've found it, I'm not giving it back! :)

What's the big deal? Check it out...




Programmers use a lot of symbols, often encoded with several characters. For the human brain, sequences like ->, <= or := are single logical tokens, even if they take two or three characters on the screen. Your eye spends a non-zero amount of energy to scan, parse and join multiple characters into a single logical one. Ideally, all programming languages should be designed with full-fledged Unicode symbols for operators, but that’s not the case yet.


Fira Code is an extension of the Fira Mono font containing a set of ligatures for common programming multi-character combinations. This is just a font rendering feature: underlying code remains ASCII-compatible. This helps to read and understand code faster. For some frequent sequences like .. or //, ligatures allow us to correct spacing.




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