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 dave_illini | Mon 5:13 PM

There is a Trojan warning for pngout.exe
for this latest version dated 8/8/2014 and the version I downloaded 5/20/14 (unsure of its version date).

I'd give it 5 stars except for that warning. I tried to find an email to alert you privately but only could find your twitter account & no email address.

WebEssentials2013\Resources\Tools\pngout.exe
5/14/2014 4:40 pm 38.0 KB

WebEssentials2013\Resources\Tools\pngout.exe
8/7/2014 4:24 pm 38.0 KB

Both come up in F-secure Client Security 11.60 as
Gen:Trojan.Heur.FU.CMW@aW6FXOc

by WisdomGuidedByExperience | Sun 1:22 AM

Update 2014-09-13
2.3.0, 2.3.1 (*), and 2.3.2 (*) cause exceptions during Build. Use 2.3.3 nightly build(*).
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This rating is of the "corrected" version 2.2.0 running on Visual Studio 2013 Premium Update 2. I never did install the buggy 2.2.0 via NuGet so I suppose there is merit in waiting for the "pioneers" (the people with arrows in their back) to find such things.

1. I don't like the fact that I have to manually right-click, Include In Project to get the generated .js file when I File/Save the .ts file. Finger-point all you want as to who/what (Web Essentials vs. VS 2013) is responsible for whether the generated .js file should or should not be automatically included in the project - the bottom line is, I cannot configure this "feature" to suit my needs.

2. Even after I manually include the .js file in my project, I have to manually generate the minified edition by right-clicking on the .js file and ask Web Essentials to generate the min.js file. Again, peeking at the WebEssentials-Settings.Json file, I see no ability to control this action.

3. I cannot turn off TSLint. Again, there is nothing in WebEssentials-Settings.Json to allow me to control this action.

by JDSlaughter | September 10 2014

I want to read the reviews

by Casra | September 10 2014

I couldn't install it, I receive this error:

Installation Failed
The installation was unable to install the extension to al the selected products. For more information, click on the install log link at the bottom of the dialog.

this extension is not installable on any currently installed products.

Yesterday I installed the update 4 for VS 2013 (Premium).

Any idea? :-/

by Scott Sauber | September 08 2014

Couldn't live without.

by Ranbla | September 03 2014

Memory leak and NullReferenceExceptions. Have to pass on this until it gets fixed.

by J.Verdurmen | August 29 2014

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 | August 28 2014

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 | August 28 2014

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.

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  • SCSS compile error
    1 Posts | Last post Mon 9:59 PM
    • I'm getting this error everytime I save (and compile) an scss file.  CSS output seems to be rendered just fine, nonetheless.
      
      An exception was thrown when parsing [file].scss for dependencies: System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.
         at MadsKristensen.EditorExtensions.Helpers.CssDependencyGraph.<GetDependencyPaths>d__4.MoveNext()
      --- End of stack trace from previous location where exception was thrown ---
         at System.Runtime.CompilerServices.TaskAwaiter.ThrowForNonSuccess(Task task)
         at System.Runtime.CompilerServices.TaskAwaiter.HandleNonSuccessAndDebuggerNotification(Task task)
         at MadsKristensen.EditorExtensions.Helpers.DependencyGraph.<RescanFileAsync>d__18.MoveNext()
      9/15/2014 2:49:46 PM: SCSS: Site.Foundation.scss compiled.
  • Parent.scss won't compile, but all children will just fine...
    7 Posts | Last post Mon 9:32 PM
    • 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!
    • +1 Can't compile my SCSS files
    • Same for me...
    • I have no SCSS support, period.  Won't compile on save (no css preview, either), no syntax highlighting.
      
      I've been seeing crass messages from WE Update 2 for the last week or so, but my scss pages were compiling.  Today I noticed I had nothing.  I've tried updating to Update 3.  I then tried uninstalling and reinstalling with VS close and restarts in-between, but to no avail.
      
    • Clearing the component model cache folder then restarting VS is what cleared this up for me.
      %AppData%\..\Local\Microsoft\VisualStudio\12.0\ComponentModelCache
      
  • Pop-ups on Build: "Error generating the bundle. See output window for details"
    1 Posts | Last post September 10, 2014
    • VS 2013 Update 3
      
      Here's what is in the output window:
      
      ========== Build: 0 succeeded, 0 failed, 8 up-to-date, 0 skipped ==========
      9/10/2014 1:31:42 PM: System.InvalidOperationException: Sequence contains no elements
         at System.Linq.Enumerable.First[TSource](IEnumerable`1 source)
         at MadsKristensen.EditorExtensions.BundleDocument..ctor(String fileName, String[] assets)
         at MadsKristensen.EditorExtensions.BundleDocument.<FromFile>d__12.MoveNext()
      --- End of stack trace from previous location where exception was thrown ---
         at System.Runtime.CompilerServices.TaskAwaiter.ThrowForNonSuccess(Task task)
         at System.Runtime.CompilerServices.TaskAwaiter.HandleNonSuccessAndDebuggerNotification(Task task)
         at MadsKristensen.EditorExtensions.BundleFilesMenu.<UpdateBundleAsync>d__22.MoveNext()
      9/10/2014 1:32:16 PM: System.InvalidOperationException: Sequence contains no elements
         at System.Linq.Enumerable.First[TSource](IEnumerable`1 source)
         at MadsKristensen.EditorExtensions.BundleDocument..ctor(String fileName, String[] assets)
         at MadsKristensen.EditorExtensions.BundleDocument.<FromFile>d__12.MoveNext()
      --- End of stack trace from previous location where exception was thrown ---
         at System.Runtime.CompilerServices.TaskAwaiter.ThrowForNonSuccess(Task task)
         at System.Runtime.CompilerServices.TaskAwaiter.HandleNonSuccessAndDebuggerNotification(Task task)
         at MadsKristensen.EditorExtensions.BundleFilesMenu.<UpdateBundleAsync>d__22.MoveNext()
      9/10/2014 1:32:17 PM: System.InvalidOperationException: Sequence contains no elements
         at System.Linq.Enumerable.First[TSource](IEnumerable`1 source)
         at MadsKristensen.EditorExtensions.BundleDocument..ctor(String fileName, String[] assets)
         at MadsKristensen.EditorExtensions.BundleDocument.<FromFile>d__12.MoveNext()
      --- End of stack trace from previous location where exception was thrown ---
         at System.Runtime.CompilerServices.TaskAwaiter.ThrowForNonSuccess(Task task)
         at Syste
      
  • VS2013 Update3 is crashing
    6 Posts | Last post September 08, 2014
    • 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.
    • Any updates on what is causing the scss compilation error and how to fix it?
  • crashing when i have Visual Studio Installer Projects in solution
    2 Posts | Last post August 28, 2014
    • 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).
  • 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.
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