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*'''Use CWTools for advanced validation and auto-complete''': CWTools is a syntax validator for Stellaris modding, developed as an extension for Visual Studio Code and also available for Sublime. Read the [https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/index.php?threads/tool-cwtools-a-mod-validating-extension-for-vs-code.1066033/ forum post] by the developer for more info.
 
*'''Use CWTools for advanced validation and auto-complete''': CWTools is a syntax validator for Stellaris modding, developed as an extension for Visual Studio Code and also available for Sublime. Read the [https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/index.php?threads/tool-cwtools-a-mod-validating-extension-for-vs-code.1066033/ forum post] by the developer for more info.
 
*'''Minimize overwrites of vanilla files''', unless that is your main goal or somehow necessary (on_action triggers). Adding separate files and use [[#Game structure|loading from folders]] whenever possible, to improve mod compatibility and maintenance. Your files can have any name, all files in the folder will be loaded by the game. So choose a prefix no one else will ever use like the name of your mod. Even DLC follows that pattern.
 
*'''Minimize overwrites of vanilla files''', unless that is your main goal or somehow necessary (on_action triggers). Adding separate files and use [[#Game structure|loading from folders]] whenever possible, to improve mod compatibility and maintenance. Your files can have any name, all files in the folder will be loaded by the game. So choose a prefix no one else will ever use like the name of your mod. Even DLC follows that pattern.
*'''Use a proper merge tool''' (like [http://winmerge.org/ WinMerge], or the Visual Studio Code Extension [https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=L13RARY.l13-diff L13 Diff] ), to [[Merging guide|merge between folders]], and update modified vanilla files to a new vanilla patch.
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*'''Use a proper merge tool''' (like [http://winmerge.org/ WinMerge]), to [[Merging guide|merge between folders]], and update modified vanilla files to a new vanilla patch.
 
*'''Backup your work''' to avoid losing everything. Consider using a source control system like [https://git-scm.com/ Git] and a collaborative forge like [https://github.com/ GitHub] to manage team collaboration.
 
*'''Backup your work''' to avoid losing everything. Consider using a source control system like [https://git-scm.com/ Git] and a collaborative forge like [https://github.com/ GitHub] to manage team collaboration.
 
*'''Use UTF-8 encoding''' for text and .mod files.
 
*'''Use UTF-8 encoding''' for text and .mod files.

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