Web Essentials 2013 for Update 2 RC

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Adds many useful features to Visual Studio for web developers.

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by ssaurini | Sun 11:24 PM

Wont install it says its missing a reference to itself.

by Sarmad Aljazrawi | April 09 2014

Error when installing the update:

Install Error : Microsoft.VisualStudio.ExtensionManager.MissingReferencesException: This extension cannot be installed because the following references are missing:
- VS2013 Update 2 RC
at Microsoft.VisualStudio.ExtensionManager.ExtensionManagerService.CheckForInstallBlockers(InstallableExtensionImpl extension, IInstalledExtensionList modifiedInstalledExtensionsList, Boolean isNestedExtension, Boolean& olderVersionInstalled)
at Microsoft.VisualStudio.ExtensionManager.ExtensionManagerService.InstallInternal(InstallableExtensionImpl extension, Boolean perMachine, Boolean isNestedExtension, IDictionary`2 extensionsInstalledSoFar, List`1 extensionsUninstalledSoFar, IInstalledExtensionList modifiedInstalledExtensionsList, AsyncOperation asyncOp, UInt64 totalBytesToWrite, UInt64& totalBytesWritten)

by mr.letni | April 08 2014

Had to disable was causing visual studio to run really slow.

by lorenzosjb | April 03 2014

Web Essentials is not compatible with Visual Studio Express 2013 for web. Too many steps just to create TypeScript projects.

Searching for applicable products...
Found installed product - Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2013 for Web
Found installed product - Global Location
Found installed product - ssms
VSIXInstaller.NoApplicableSKUsException: This extension is not installable on any currently installed products.

by Kevin Ison | March 28 2014

Causes some instability with Visual Studio 2013(U1). Had to uninstall it.

by test12311 | March 26 2014

Not working in my Visual Studio 2013 Ultimate with Update 2 CTP, when I go to Tools->Option I get "An error occurred loading this property page"

by D-Go | March 13 2014

Awesome plugin! A must for all web devs!

by KevinLBuchan | March 08 2014

I install this before I even click 'new project' the first time.

by K. Murat Başeren | March 06 2014

I installed Visual Studio 2013 update 2 ctp 2 and I installed Web Essential 2013 nightly. I know web essentials 2013 nightly is not release. I say some feedback. Visual studio 2013 update 2 ctp 2 has scss formatting after web essentials 2013 nightly it is not working. HTML formatting is not running when scss file is open. Also maybe add intellisense for @ character in sass files.

by luca morelli | March 01 2014

by Geredy Emil BizSpark | February 28 2014

Very good extension getting better and better. Great job guys keep going!

by Adalberto Gardea | February 27 2014

I've used this extension with VS 2012 and was excited to use VS 2013 so I added this extension that I use daily but I keep getting an exception has encountered error. This may be caused by an extension and it gives me the path for the error log.

When I go into my tools options and look at the extension I get "An error occurred loading this property page."

by Russe111 | February 25 2014

UPDATE: Upgraded to 1.9. Seems to have fixed the UI slowdown issue. Back to being an essential plugin again.

As others have commented I've had to disable this addon (1.8.5) also due to UI slow-downs over time eventually causing Visual Studio to become unusable requiring a restart. I have no doubt this will get fixed soon as Mads has mads programming skills but I do miss it in the interim.

by ianicbass | February 21 2014

I had to disable this since it's making VS really slow and unstable.

by cpx86 | February 19 2014

I really like this extension, and I hate to give it such a low rating, but after using it for a few days in VS2013 I finally had to disable it. It is way too unstable for me to use in it's current state.

Some issues I ran into:
* The by far biggest one: VS started crashing whenever I saved settings. (NullReferenceException at MadsKristensen.EditorExtensions.BrowserLink.UnusedCss.UnusedCssExtension.GetIgnoreList())
* TypeScript functionality caused random crashes on save. (InvalidOperationException at MadsKristensen.EditorExtensions.Margin.TextViewMargin.SetText(System.String))
* Impossible to disable the (IMO overly-intrusive) browser link extension. Possibly related to the settings issue.

This extension has a lot of promise, so I hope you can get the kinks out of it!

by Stubbs2000 | February 10 2014

Love it. Thanks!

by GerryMP | February 06 2014

Causes slow typing!

Under Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013 installing this add-in caused extremely slow typing. It can result in delays of around a second when typing and bringing up intellisense, as well as when debugging and trying to switch between VS and the browser (which could take many, many seconds).

Not sure if it's some other part of my setup, but I installed and uninstalled twice and this was definitely the culprit. I have no feedback on other aspects of this add-in.

by ThreeScreenStudios | February 03 2014

by styfle | January 30 2014

This is an essential (see what I did there?) plugin for all of our web devs. Things like auto-minify for js files or JS HINT in the error list turns Visual Studio into the IDE you have always dreamed of for web development. This plugin is one of the reasons we even bothered to use LESS in our production code...it makes using all these technologies very easy to get started with and other devs can pick it up quickly without learning build scripts, etc.

I've been very happy with the quick releases (see change log here: http://vswebessentials.com/changelog)

by DvdBrink | January 28 2014

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  • Randomly can't minify JS files
    1 Posts | Last post Wed 8:47 PM
    • Some of my JS files give me a minify option, others don't. If I delete the .min.js file then the menu reappears, but randomly disappears again.
      
      For the .JS files where minify is disabled, I instead get options to run JSLint and JSCS, which aren't available on the JS files that DO allow me to minify.  Is there a trick here?
  • Installation error
    4 Posts | Last post Tue 7:27 PM
    • I am trying to install Web essentials 2013 with Visual Studio Ultimate 2013 Preview and getting following error. Am I missing anything?
      ...
      
      7/8/2013 4:40:21 PM - Microsoft VSIX Installer
      7/8/2013 4:40:21 PM - -------------------------------------------
      7/8/2013 4:40:21 PM - Initializing Install...
      7/8/2013 4:40:22 PM - Extension Details...
      7/8/2013 4:40:22 PM - 	Identifier      : 5fb7364d-2e8c-44a4-95eb-2a382e30fec8
      7/8/2013 4:40:22 PM - 	Name            : Web Essentials 2013 Preview
      7/8/2013 4:40:22 PM - 	Author          : Mads Kristensen
      7/8/2013 4:40:22 PM - 	Version         : 0.1.8
      7/8/2013 4:40:22 PM - 	Description     : Adds many useful features to Visual Studio for web developers.
      7/8/2013 4:40:22 PM - 	Locale          : en-US
      7/8/2013 4:40:22 PM - 	MoreInfoURL     : http://vswebessentials.com/
      7/8/2013 4:40:22 PM - 	InstalledByMSI  : False
      7/8/2013 4:40:22 PM - 	SupportedFrameworkVersionRange : 4.5
      7/8/2013 4:40:22 PM - 
      7/8/2013 4:40:22 PM - 	Supported Products : 
      7/8/2013 4:40:22 PM - 		Microsoft.VisualStudio.Pro
      7/8/2013 4:40:22 PM - 			Version : 12.0
      7/8/2013 4:40:22 PM - 
      7/8/2013 4:40:22 PM - 	References      : 
      7/8/2013 4:40:22 PM - 		7/8/2013 4:40:22 PM - 		Identifier   : Microsoft.VisualStudio.MPF.11.0
      7/8/2013 4:40:22 PM - 		Name         : Visual Studio MPF 11.0
      7/8/2013 4:40:22 PM - 		Version      : 11.0
      7/8/2013 4:40:22 PM - 		MoreInfoURL  : 
      7/8/2013 4:40:22 PM - 		Nested       : No
      7/8/2013 4:40:22 PM - 
      7/8/2013 4:40:22 PM - 
      7/8/2013 4:40:22 PM - Searching for applicable products...
      7/8/2013 4:40:22 PM - Found installed product - Global Location
      7/8/2013 4:40:22 PM - VSIXInstaller.NoApplicableSKUsException: This extension is not installable on any currently installed products.
         at VSIXInstaller.App.InitializeInstall()
         at System.Threading.Tasks.Task.InnerInvoke()
         at System.Threading.Tasks.Task.Execute()
      
    • If you have VS 2013 Pro, Premium or Ultimate you should be fine. Try the latest version 0.1.10 that has updated dependencies on the underlying VS system.
    • I am having the exact problem on VS 13 Premium.  I am trying to install version 2.0
    • Sorry - I was wrong.  
  • Less css not working
    2 Posts | Last post Tue 12:36 PM
    • Less css minify and Less css preview (use to @import "params.less") not working on Web Essentials for Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 RC.
      
    • I have the same problem
  • Not compiling Bootstrap 3 sass files
    2 Posts | Last post Mon 9:07 AM
    • Stack trace:
      An exception was thrown when compiling ~\Content\bootstrap.scss: System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.
         at MadsKristensen.EditorExtensions.CssSourceMap.CorrectionsForScss(String cssFileContents)
         at MadsKristensen.EditorExtensions.CssSourceMap.CollectRules(String targetFileName)
         at MadsKristensen.EditorExtensions.CssSourceMap.PopulateMap(String targetFileName, String mapFileName)
         at MadsKristensen.EditorExtensions.CssSourceMap.Initialize(String targetFileName, String mapFileName, IContentType contentType)
         at MadsKristensen.EditorExtensions.CssCompilerResult..ctor(String sourceFileName, String targetFileName, String mapFileName, Boolean isSuccess, String result, IEnumerable`1 errors)
         at MadsKristensen.EditorExtensions.CompilerResultFactory.GenerateResult(String sourceFileName, String targetFileName, String mapFileName, Boolean isSuccess, String result, IEnumerable`1 errors)
         at MadsKristensen.EditorExtensions.NodeExecutorBase.ProcessResult(Process process, String errorText, String sourceFileName, String targetFileName, String mapFileName)
         at MadsKristensen.EditorExtensions.NodeExecutorBase.<CompileAsync>d__1.MoveNext()
    • Same issue for us on both professional and ultimate editions 
  • Installed VS2013 Update 2 RC but Web Essentials says it's not there
    2 Posts | Last post Sat 8:14 PM
    • I just finished installing VS2013 Update 2 RC and restarting my machine. The Web Essentials install says:
      
      The following references must be present before installation can continue:
      
      VS2013 Update 2 RC
      
      I fired up procmon to see if I could tell what is missing but nothing sticks out.
      
      What am I missing?
    • I'm having the same issue.  I'm using the Express edition VS2013 Update 2 RC.
  • Update the title for clarity
    1 Posts | Last post Fri 11:22 PM
    • G1
      I propose a name change to,
      "Web Essentials for Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 RC"
      
      The present title in a busy day is a bit terse. I wasn't even aware there was a VS 2013 Update RC 2 available, hence my confusion.
      
      -just a suggestion for clarity -- a lot of things have an 'Update 2 RC'
  • VS 2013 U1 - Can't install Web Essentials
    6 Posts | Last post April 04, 2014
    • Hi,
      
      Is anyone else able to install this onto VS 2013 Pro Update 1? Whenever I try to install it says that it is missing "VS 2013 Update 2 RC" - is there still no version of Web Essentials compatible with the latest VS 2013 Pro?
      
      Thanks,
      Jeremy
    • I think you need the RC of Update 2 for VS 2013
    • I'm now getting this error as an attempt to re-install as of 1/2 an hour ago. This is in MSVC Ultimate 2013
      
      Originally installed April 1 (maybe this was an omen?) but decided to re-install today since some options that reportedly should have been available never materialized. 
      Now the April 2 version is failing to install and complains about this same error.
      Guess I should never have uninstalled.
      Please assist, I'm stuck.
    • whoops, that should read MSVS Ultimate 2013
    • You either need to install VS 2013 Update 2 RC (as described in big, bold letters on this gallery listing), or use an older version of Web Essentials. You can get 1.9, which does not require VS 2013 Update 2 RC, from https://github.com/madskristensen/WebEssentials2013/releases/tag/v1.9
    • yep... right after I posted I saw that. I installed msvs RC 2 and guess what?
      sorry for the wasted bandwidth.
  • Error locating global TSLint settings
    2 Posts | Last post April 03, 2014
    • When I open a TypeScript project, I am receiving a VS2013 error.  When I try to build the project, I get errors saying the global TSLint settings file cannot be found. Below is the trace from the VS2013 ActivityLog.xml:
      
      System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException (0x8004C738): Exception from HRESULT: 0x8004C738&#x000D;&#x000A;   
      	at System.Runtime.InteropServices.Marshal.ThrowExceptionForHRInternal(Int32 errorCode, IntPtr errorInfo)&#x000D;&#x000A;   
      	at System.Runtime.InteropServices.Marshal.ThrowExceptionForHR(Int32 errorCode)&#x000D;&#x000A;   
      	at Microsoft.VisualStudio.ErrorHandler.ThrowOnFailure(Int32 hr, Int32[] expectedHRFailure)&#x000D;&#x000A;   
      	at MadsKristensen.EditorExtensions.Compilers.TypeScriptCompilationNotifier.GetOutputFileName()&#x000D;&#x000A;   
      	at MadsKristensen.EditorExtensions.Compilers.TypeScriptCompilationNotifier..ctor(ITextDocument doc)&#x000D;&#x000A;   
      	at MadsKristensen.EditorExtensions.Compilers.TypeScriptCompilerNotifierProvider.GetCompilationNotifier(ITextDocument doc)&#x000D;&#x000A;   
      	at MadsKristensen.EditorExtensions.CompilingMarginBase..ctor(IMarginSettings settings, ITextDocument document)&#x000D;&#x000A;   
      	at MadsKristensen.EditorExtensions.Margin.TextViewMargin..ctor(String targetContentType, ITextDocument document)&#x000D;&#x000A;   
      	at MadsKristensen.EditorExtensions.Margin.MarginFactory.&lt;.cctor&gt;b__7(ITextDocument document)&#x000D;&#x000A;   
      	at MadsKristensen.EditorExtensions.Margin.MarginFactory.CreateMargin(IWpfTextViewHost wpfTextViewHost, IWpfTextViewMargin marginContainer)&#x000D;&#x000A;   
      	at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Text.Utilities.ContainerMargin.&lt;AddMargins&gt;b__2(IWpfTextViewMarginProvider mp)&#x000D;&#x000A;   
      	at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Text.Utilities.GuardedOperations.InstantiateExtension[TExtension,TMetadata,TExtensionInstance](Object errorSource, Lazy`2 provider, Func`2 getter)
      
      Any idea on how to fix the error?
    • The error you get when you open a .ts file is most certainly addressed in https://github.com/madskristensen/WebEssentials2013/issues/694https://github.com/madskristensen/WebEssentials2013/issues/694
  • VS 2013 Update 2 CTP ?
    1 Posts | Last post March 28, 2014
    • Hi,
      
      I was wondering, will your next version will support Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 CTP ? If so, when are you planning to release it ?
      
      Thanks !
      
      Regards,
      Diana
  • Min file is not generating the changes
    1 Posts | Last post March 25, 2014
    • Hello Guys,
      
      I am facing the issue with web essentials, kindly check the below url !
      
      http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/4037153a-8d50-4024-8211-b418c3372fcf/why-less-file-is-not-generating-changes-in-min-file-?forum=vsx
      
      Can anyone please help me out to resolve the same ?
      
      Thanks and Regards,
      Dipti
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