Salesforce introduced the fastest way to write SOQL statements, the SOQL Query Builder. SOQL Query Builder is the Visual Studio Code Extension that enables you to write, execute SOQL statements write inside your project workspace. Not only that, this tool will allow you to download the query result in either CSV or JSON format.
Once you open the Visual Studio Code, search for SOQL in Marketplace. From there install the SOQL extension from Salesforce. After installation, it is always recommended to restart VS Code. Below is the screenshot
After installation, all your soql files will be stored under the folder scripts -> soql. You can save your own soql commands, just make sure the extension of the file is .soql.
Below is the example where I have opened account.soql file and executed the statement. As you can see, with this new tool, we have the opportunity to do everything we are doing today with workbench w.r.t. executing soql statements. Also, you can download the query result in either CSV or JSON format.
Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LG13jPWYqVw