Developers building for Google Home have a fancy new tool to play with from Google I/O. It was first reported in 2021, but now the Google Home extension for Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code is now available. Visual Studio Code is one of the most popular IDEs available on Windows, Mac, and Linux (including Chromebooks), and Google’s new tool is the perfect creative companion for Google Home.
“Google Home Extension for Visual Studio Code is designed and created for Google Home Platform developers. This extension gives you access to Google Assistant Simulator, Cloud Logging, and other tools to simplify your smart home development process.”
The Google Home extension consists of four main features, one of which is a Google Assistant simulator. With this, developers can ensure full compatibility with Assistant without ever having to leave their coding environment. When enabled, entering commands that mimic your voice commands offered to control your devices will return the responses you expect from Google Assistant. There is also a built-in batch utterances feature to test multiple commands without having to enter them all individually.
Also included are Cloud Logging and Home Graph Viewer. The former provides real-time debugging, while the latter allows you to find and test devices belonging to your project. All with the convenience of never having to leave Visual Studio Code.
The easiest way to install the Google Home extension is to use the Marketplace in Visual Studio Code. Setup involves first logging into the extension with your Google account, then selecting a cloud project. At any time, resources are just a click or two away, or you can check out the full documentation to learn more. Anyone interested in building for Google Home should definitely check out the Build, test, and deploy smart home devices for Google Home session from Google I/O.