Web Essentials 2013 for Update 3

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Adds many useful features to Visual Studio for web developers. Requires VS2013 Update 3

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by J.Verdurmen | Fri 8:08 AM

Great tool, but very unstable.

Creating bundles is with the latest update again broken. This it the third time this year that I have to revert an update.

Error: The parameter is incorrect. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80070057 (E_INVALIDARG))

by MartinRobins | Thu 10:28 AM

Whilst Web Essentials has been a fantastic tool to date (hence the score), I too can confirm that version 2.3 in conjunction with VS2013 Update 3 is resulting in Visual Studio crashing when loading *some* solutions...

Fault bucket 94576893551, type 5
Event Name: CLR20r3
Response: Not available
Cab Id: 0

Problem signature:
P1: devenv.exe
P2: 12.0.30723.0
P3: 53cf6f00
P4: WebEssentials2013
P5: 2.3.0.0
P6: 53e40ab5
P7: 1586
P8: 6d
P9: System.NullReferenceException
P10:

I have now disabled Web Essentials within the Extensions and Updates dialog and as a direct result (with no other changes) the solutions that previously caused VS to crash when loading now load correctly.

by Saeb Amini | Thu 8:37 AM

I was very excited to find out about Web Essentials, but unfortunately it keeps crashing my Visual Studio 2013 Ultimate with Update 3.

by Edu Couchez | August 26 2014

Just installed yesterday... VS goes very slow editing and selecting HTML/CSS files. Moreover, it’s freezing each time I click elsewhere in the code. Web Essentials looks very promising and powerful, but sadly I’ve confirmed after uninstall it, that everything turns smooth again in Visual Studio without it. Hope we could enjoy soon a fresh and bug-free version of WE.

by Jian_H | August 25 2014

after installed this, the visual studio just keep crash whenever open the project

by S Alibhai | August 25 2014

Awesome tool..!

by Leka's_Hill_State | August 15 2014

It is the same like previous versions. It just keeps crashing Visual Studio.
You cannot edit js or css files. If anyone is going to try this extension, remember to backup everything before you enable it!!!

by ramlotte1 | August 15 2014

After installing this version, my editor brace matching stopped working.
I changed the color in Tools-Enviornment-Fonts and Colors-Brace Matching and it still malfunctioning. When I highlight a closing brace, it highlights all open braces

by J Yates | August 13 2014

This update has broken JavaScript editing. JS files are read-only and some of the TextEditor JavaScript settings in Tools->Options won't load (just says there is an error). WebEssentials appears to be crashing when first opening a JavaScript file.

For the first time, I sadly have had to uninstall WebEssentials.

by Sarah Jaconski | August 13 2014

Update 3 crashes VS when attempting to open some solutions, Particularly when opening less files. Not usable in current form, had to disable.


Previous iterations have been fantastic, just waiting on a fix for newest update.

by Javier Soques | August 12 2014

Web Essentials 2013 Update 3 for VS 2013 is crashing when I load some of my solutions. Had to uninstall. And yes I have install Update 3 for VS 2013. Waiting for a fix.

by lmttag | August 12 2014

This extension isn't tested very well in terms of downloading and installing it. I've had tons of problems with the various VS2013 versions of it.

The current version - Web Essentials 2013 for Update 3 v2.3 - won't install into VS2013 w/ Update 3. It fails even to download. It gets to around 7.7 MB download and then fails with an error, "An exception occurred during a WebClient request.".

And, this is just the latest issue. I can't even remember the other download and install problems I've encountered before.

by frumkinwy | July 30 2014

MS nearly hit the ball out of the park with this. Fantastic and vital toolset for managing and deploying frontend web applications.

Caveat- currently there is no reporting on scss errors. LESS is great however.

by Marcel Raad | July 21 2014

Great tools, and reported bugs get fixed quickly.

by SivaChamarthi | July 07 2014

Awesome tools available for web developers.!

by mikebowering | July 03 2014

by Steve Og | July 01 2014

by pseudosavant | June 27 2014

If you do web development at all you owe it to yourself to install this extension. It is a must have.

by Scott Sauber | June 26 2014

Couldn't live without.

by Andrea Dottor [MVP] | June 26 2014

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  • crashing when i have Visual Studio Installer Projects in solution
    2 Posts | Last post Thu 10:55 AM
    • when i have a Visual Studio Installer Projects type project in solution, visual studio 2013 keeps crashing when WE is on.
      Anyone knows how to fix it?
      
      I tried only load installer project when WE on. CRASH
      I tried load solution when WE OFF. NO CRASH
      
      
    • Please see my updates to the "VS2013 Update3 is crashing" thread.
      Basically, you will need to disable WE from the "Tools"/"Extensions and Updates" dialog whenever you are working on a solution that includes an installer project (at least until somebody releases a fix anyway).
  • VS2013 Update3 is crashing
    5 Posts | Last post Thu 10:32 AM
    • Visual studio 2013 update 3 crashes with WE installed after project is being loaded. Reinstall didn't solve the problem.
    • For me, WE is not crashing anymore after performing the following steps:
      
      - Open Visual Studio without loading a project
      - Disable WE via Tools -> Extensions and updates
      - Restart Visual Studio
      - Enable WE again
      - Restart Visual Studio
      - Open the project
    • Tried those solutions and they didn't work.  I deleted the (all two) sprite files (.sprite, .less. .scss) but kept the .png and .png.css (because they're in use).  That did it.  
      
      I did notice that after I uninstalled WE not all files deleted at AppData/Local/Microsoft/VisualStudio/12.0/Extensions because of a lock on the node.js file.  I rebooted and finished the delete but it didn't make any difference.  
      
      For me, taking out the sprite files brought it back. I may have done something like a recursive sprite build (including the output png in the input png) that broke things, but I don't know.  I'll build some sprites more carefully when I get some time and try to duplicate the error.   
    • I too can confirm that version 2.3 in conjunction with VS2013 Update 3 is resulting in Visual Studio crashing when loading *some* solutions...
      
      Fault bucket 94576893551, type 5
      Event Name: CLR20r3
      Response: Not available
      Cab Id: 0
      
      Problem signature:
      P1: devenv.exe
      P2: 12.0.30723.0
      P3: 53cf6f00
      P4: WebEssentials2013
      P5: 2.3.0.0
      P6: 53e40ab5
      P7: 1586
      P8: 6d
      P9: System.NullReferenceException
      P10:
      
      I have now disabled Web Essentials within the Extensions and Updates dialog and as a direct result (with no other changes) the solutions that previously caused VS to crash when loading now load correctly.
      
      I suspect that this is going to be a clash with one or more of the other loaded extensions; I previously had problems with the "Multi-Device Hybrid Apps CTP 1.1" extension that necessitated installation of a nightly build, but that in turn caused problems with the "Visual Studio Installer Projects" extension so I had to remove "Multi-Device Hybrid Apps CTP 1.1" and roll back to the official version of Web Essentials.
      
      It is probably worth noting however that it is solutions containing one or more "Visual Studio Installer Projects" projects that actually cause the crash and any solution without one of these loads without problem. Unfortunately, I cannot determine for myself however which is to blame and I have picked upon Web Essentials purely because that is what shows up in the event viewer.
    • Just to clarify, the nightly build I refer to above was the nightly build of Web Essentials.
  • Parent.scss won't compile, but all children will just fine...
    3 Posts | Last post August 20, 2014
    • So I've got a bit of a doozy. I was editing and updating my scss project just fine. when suddenly my parent scss file stopped compiling. All the children elements compile individually just fine, but when I go to compile the css file I get the following error:
      
      8/15/2014 9:27:12 AM: SCSS: Compiling bootstrap.scss
      
      8/15/2014 9:27:14 AM: Something went wrong reaching: http://127.0.0.1:56538/?service=SCSS&sourceFileName=C:%5CProject%20Builds%5CCFIT_Styleguide%5CDev%5Cmain%5CMS.IT.UXDI%5CUX%20Styles%5Cbootstrap.scss&targetFileName=C:%5CProject%20Builds%5CCFIT_Styleguide%5CDev%5Cmain%5CMS.IT.UXDI%5CUX%20Styles%5Cbootstrap.css&mapFileName=C:%5CProject%20Builds%5CCFIT_Styleguide%5CDev%5Cmain%5CMS.IT.UXDI%5CUX%20Styles%5Cbootstrap.css.map&precision=5&outputStyle=expanded&sourceMapURL&
      
      8/15/2014 9:27:18 AM: Something went wrong reaching: http://127.0.0.1:54932/?service=SCSS&sourceFileName=C:%5CProject%20Builds%5CCFIT_Styleguide%5CDev%5Cmain%5CMS.IT.UXDI%5CUX%20Styles%5Cbootstrap.scss&targetFileName=C:%5CProject%20Builds%5CCFIT_Styleguide%5CDev%5Cmain%5CMS.IT.UXDI%5CUX%20Styles%5Cbootstrap.css&mapFileName=C:%5CProject%20Builds%5CCFIT_Styleguide%5CDev%5Cmain%5CMS.IT.UXDI%5CUX%20Styles%5Cbootstrap.css.map&precision=5&outputStyle=expanded&sourceMapURL&
      
      8/15/2014 9:27:18 AM: SCSS: bootstrap.scss compilation failed: The service failed to respond to this request
      
      			Possible cause: Syntax Error!
      
      The same code compiles just fine on my coworker's machines. For some reason it claims it can't find/access the mapping file, so I'm not sure what's going on here. I've done everything from rolling back, to reinstalling Web Essentials (and updating to the nightly build).  
      
    • Having almost the same issue, except I can't compile anything. Rolling back to Update 2 RTM and WE 2.2 for now...
    • Same problem here too. VS2013-update 3, Windows 7 64-bit, update to date...
      
      8/20/2014 2:59:32 PM: SCSS: Compiling piledriver.scss
      8/20/2014 2:59:34 PM: Something went wrong reaching: http://127.0.0.1:37570/?service=SCSS&sourceFileName=C:%5Cgit%5CShowOps-App%5COps.ShowOps.Web%5CContent%5Cpiledriver%5Cpiledriver.scss&targetFileName=C:%5Cgit%5CShowOps-App%5COps.ShowOps.Web%5CContent%5Cpiledriver%5Cpiledriver.css&mapFileName=C:%5Cgit%5CShowOps-App%5COps.ShowOps.Web%5CContent%5Cpiledriver%5Cpiledriver.css.map&precision=5&outputStyle=expanded&sourceMapURL&
      8/20/2014 2:59:38 PM: Something went wrong reaching: http://127.0.0.1:54728/?service=SCSS&sourceFileName=C:%5Cgit%5CShowOps-App%5COps.ShowOps.Web%5CContent%5Cpiledriver%5Cpiledriver.scss&targetFileName=C:%5Cgit%5CShowOps-App%5COps.ShowOps.Web%5CContent%5Cpiledriver%5Cpiledriver.css&mapFileName=C:%5Cgit%5CShowOps-App%5COps.ShowOps.Web%5CContent%5Cpiledriver%5Cpiledriver.css.map&precision=5&outputStyle=expanded&sourceMapURL&
      8/20/2014 2:59:38 PM: SCSS: piledriver.scss compilation failed: The service failed to respond to this request
      			Possible cause: Syntax Error!
  • web site's folder name can't be chinese
    2 Posts | Last post August 14, 2014
    • or compilation failed: The service failed to respond to this request 
      Syntax Error!
    • Yes I'm getting the same issue
  • Bundle - Sprite - Configure
    1 Posts | Last post August 13, 2014
    • Can you configure you xml so that, the only output is less?
      
      tried to remove the output definitions, but it still generated scass and css ??
  • Javascript function list dropdown
    1 Posts | Last post August 04, 2014
    • Did a function list dropdown for Javascript ever get added?  I know you were looking into it a year ago.  Since there can be so many functions in a long .js file, it would be VERY helpful to have this.
      
      Thanks.
  • Versioning of generated files
    1 Posts | Last post August 04, 2014
    • Hi,
      
      When I save a coffee-script file, it adds a comment at top of file "Generated by CoffeeScript 1.7.1"
      
      Is there a way to get it to version the file.  This would be helpful to check the production version of a .js file with what was in my git repository.
      
      Or other ideas to achieve the same thing?
      
      Any suggestions would be appreciated.
      
  • VS2013 Update2 is crashing
    6 Posts | Last post August 01, 2014
    • Visual Studio is crashing after installing the update.
      Reinstalling was not helpful.
      Have to uninstall it...
    • same issue
    • I had the same issue when using a sprite which included an image that was moved. If you debug the exception Visual Studio will show you in the call why it crashed.
    • Same here; after installing 2.2 update Visual Studio would crash when opening solutions (could open Visual Studio without opening a solution, but what good is that?).  Problem resolved by uninstalling Web Essentials.
    • I'm also having this problem.  I just got a new install of VS and got the latest version of WE, now every time I open a solution it crashes.  I had to disable the plug-in
    • Same here.  I actually disabled it a month or so ago.  I thought I'd check to see if there is a new version so I enabled it, let the updater restart VS and it crashed on restart (because it tried to reopen the solution).  I restarted VS and disabled it and I can open solutions again.
      
      I really like Web Essentials, I'd love to see this issue get fixed.  Let us know if there's anything we can do to help figure this out.
  • When will WE fully support SCSS files?
    1 Posts | Last post July 30, 2014
    • As Captain Apollo mentioned below, WE 2013 does not report errors in its scss files.   It just gives an ambiguous "an error has occurred".  This problem doesn't happen in LESS.  It's been a major issue since its release 2.5 months ago and we would love to see it fixed.
  • Empty error in right pane
    2 Posts | Last post July 30, 2014
    • I'm using Web Essentials 2013 for Update 2, version 2.2.
      
      When compiling the following SCSS code:
      
      @each $animal, $color, $cursor in (puma, black, default),
                                        (sea-slug, blue, pointer),
                                        (egret, white, move) {
        .#{$animal}-icon {
          background-image: url('/images/#{$animal}.png');
          border: 2px solid $color;
          cursor: $cursor;
        }
      }
      
      an empty error is occur in the right pane:
      
      /*
      
      Compilation Error occurred (see error list to navigate to the error location):
      Error found:
      
      
      */
      
      When opening this code from a file (File / Open...), all works perfectly. But after making any changes from within Visual Studio (e.g., entering space, then deleting it), error is appear again.
      
      Is there any solution to fix this error?
    • This error is crushing.  After using WE for a project leveraging LESS I was so enthusiastic about it.  Why can't it accurately report errors for SCSS files?
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