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 johnnyc3po | Thu 5:22 PM

I usually love WebEssentials and it generally sits there quietly helping out as and when needed. Unfortunately the latest version crashes Visual Studio 2013 every time I open a .less file. I was having to resort to editing my less in notepad, so I've had to uninstall again.

This version also seems to create .map and .min files differently throughout our team even though we all have the same settings and don't want either of these file types creating (we use bundlers).

by CC Pony | Thu 4:31 PM

Using Web Essentials 2013 for Update 2RC on 64bit Visual Studio 2013 Ultimate. When editing Typescript files, javaScript window has no scrollbars - neither vertical nor horizontal.

by TheGoss | Wed 12:07 PM

So far pretty happy, but disabling sourcemap files for SASS doesn't disable the creation of the /*# sourceMappingURL=style.css.map */ comment in the compiles css. Seems like a bug to me. I get a 404 error when the browser looks for style.css.map.

by Ayyash | Sat 10:00 AM

There are things in it that don't matter much to someone who is strictly front end, and not a big fan of the built-in debugging tools of VS, but all in all, it does make life much easier, especially intellisense and syntax recognition of .less files and the likes.

by mark_de_vries | April 18 2014

it doesn't install it says its missing a reference to webessentials.

by Shreeharsh Ambli | April 17 2014

brings additional feature rich capabilities that i have come to love & depend on!

by ssaurini | April 13 2014

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.

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  • Sass: problem with nested style with commas
    2 Posts | Last post Wed 6:34 PM
    • Hi. I encountered an error.
      
      .sometable{
        td, th{
          padding: 5px;
        }
      }
      
      This code is not translated to css.
    • Web Essentials 2013 for Update 2 RC (4/3/2014) installed
  • Less css not working
    4 Posts | Last post Wed 3:02 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
    • I have the same issue.  This cannot be the best way to report these issues?  Have you guys reported this in the GitHub area under issues?
    • Same problem.  I tried the nightly build and the LESS CSS preview works correctly. I assume there's no point in reporting on GitHub since it's already fixed in the nightly.
  • SourceMapping and SASS
    1 Posts | Last post Wed 12:11 PM
    • Any idea why disabling sourcemap files for SASS doesn't disable the creation of the /*# sourceMappingURL=style.css.map */ comment in the compiled css? 
      
      Seems like a bug to me. I get a 404 error when the browser looks for style.css.map.
  • VS 2013 Update 2 is not available yet
    2 Posts | Last post Sun 7:17 AM
    • The only download of Web Essentials available is one that depends on an RC version? that isnt fair! I do not have this nice update dialog to find myself digging the internet trying to find an update. Can you please relax a bit and give us an earlier version until VS make their update available in their Update dialog?
    • Oh I just found it under ChangeLog of WebEssentials website (very confusing though, why not explicitly link to it from downloads page?)
  • MadsKristensen.EditorExtensions Errors
    1 Posts | Last post April 18, 2014
    • I am getting the following error any time I open something (from ActivityLog.xml):
      
          <source>Editor or Editor Extension</source>
          <description>System.NotImplementedException: The method or operation is not implemented.&#x000D;&#x000A;   at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Editor.Implementation.SecondaryVsTextBufferAdapter.Microsoft.VisualStudio.Shell.Interop.IPersistFileFormat.GetCurFile(String&amp; ppszFilename, UInt32&amp; pnFormatIndex)&#x000D;&#x000A;   at MadsKristensen.EditorExtensions.IVsExtensions.GetFileName(IPropertyOwner owner)&#x000D;&#x000A;   at MadsKristensen.EditorExtensions.Css.UnusedCssTagger.GetTags(NormalizedSnapshotSpanCollection spans)&#x000D;&#x000A;   at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Text.Tagging.Implementation.TagAggregator`1.&lt;GetTagsForBuffer&gt;d__5.MoveNext()</description>
      
      
      Maybe I missed it, but I did not find a solution anywhere as of yet.  Has anyone come up with something that works other than disabling the extension?
  • Installation error on VS Express for Web Update 2 RC
    1 Posts | Last post April 17, 2014
    • My Visual Studio version is this:
      
      Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2013 for Web
      Version 12.0.30324.00 Update 2 RC
      
      When I try to install Web Essentials, I get an error saying it is not installable on any currently installed product. This is the log:
      
      
      Microsoft VSIX Installer
      -------------------------------------------
      Initializing Install...
      Extension Details...
      	Identifier      : 5fb7364d-2e8c-44a4-95eb-2a382e30fec8
      	Name            : Web Essentials 2013 for Update 2 RC
      	Author          : Mads Kristensen
      	Version         : 2.0
      	Description     : Adds many useful features to Visual Studio for web 
      
      	Locale          : en-US
      	MoreInfoURL     : http://vswebessentials.com/
      	InstalledByMSI  : False
      	SupportedFrameworkVersionRange : [4.5]
      	Supported Products : 
      		Microsoft.VisualStudio.Pro
      			Version : [12.0]
      
      	References      : 
      		-------------------------------------------------------
      		Identifier   : Microsoft.VisualStudio.MPF.12.0
      		Name         : Visual Studio MPF 12.0
      		Version      : [12.0,13.0)
      		MoreInfoURL  : 
      		Nested       : No
      
      		-------------------------------------------------------
      		Identifier   : 0AC2ABB1-6383-4608-BA51-B58A23DD9E8A
      		Name         : VS2013 Update 2 RC
      		Version      : [2013.2.50314,2014.0)
      		MoreInfoURL  : 
      		Nested       : No
      
      
      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.
         at VSIXInstaller.App.InitializeInstall()
         at System.Threading.Tasks.Task.InnerInvoke()
         at System.Threading.Tasks.Task.Execute()
      
      Am I missing something?
  • Randomly can't minify JS files
    1 Posts | Last post April 16, 2014
    • 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 April 15, 2014
    • 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.  
  • Not compiling Bootstrap 3 sass files
    2 Posts | Last post April 14, 2014
    • 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 April 12, 2014
    • 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.
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