What the F*N+!??


Font’s are cool. They can make the difference between good work, great work and terrible design. In programming, recently, I’ve come to appreciate fonts that feature ligatures. What are ligatures you ask? It’s when two or more letters are joined together to form one character or glyph. In the case of programming, fonts that support programming ligatures are especially cool as in my opinion, they add a bit of personality to your code and makes reading it just that bit easier.

There are many fonts that support programming ligatures… some free and others paid. A popular free choice is Fira Code. I’ve been using Fira Code for about a year now but recently, Microsoft has released a new font Cascadia Code for free and Open Source.

For those new to programming ligatures, they turn double equals == into a single joined long equal and fat arrows => into an actual arrow. Snazzy huh? From the screenshot above you can see how it looks.

Credit: https://github.com/tonsky/FiraCode

From the above image can you spot the ligatures? <=, != and == gets replaced. Why not give it a try. Download Cascadia Code or Fira Code and set it as your default font in your favourite IDE or code editor.

Ps: If you’re in need of a code editor, then Visual Studio Code should be your go to…. Seriously… it’s awesome.