Web Essentials

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Adds many useful features to Visual Studio for web developers

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2010
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8/28/2012
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by Bob Blork | May 30 2014

nice! i like that you put in a link for a video.

by Uroš Smolnik | March 01 2014

by John E. Bailey | February 06 2014

I would previously have rated this 5 stars, but this latest version runs
the "linter" on every build, which basically kills my development
environment on any project of any size. There does not appear to be a
way to prevent it from running on minimized files.

You can turn this behavior off in the options, otherwise I would have to
disable this extension entirely.

by Jernej Novak | October 18 2013

by NNToan | October 15 2013

Awesome tool for me :(

by Arthur Mubarakshin | June 17 2013

by D. Chatterjee | May 20 2013

by CharlieG | March 29 2013

Pure goodness. Zen Coding integration is killer. Thank you sir!

by matengo | March 14 2013

Freezes Visual Studio completely when I have knockout attributes in the HTML.. Have to terminate VS and restart over and over again.. The web essentials is disabled until this is fixed.. I really hope you work on this.

by 布尔运算 | February 22 2013

not work for me now , like the extensions is disabled.

by Waqas M | February 08 2013

Very useful features to Visual Studio for web developers

by SurgeForward | December 20 2012

This extension made typescript far more accessible. I look forward to SCSS support!

by neez1 | December 08 2012

Hi, excellent tool. highly appreciated. but it extremely slows done while you are writing JS code. you need to work on it.

P.S: that dude seems to be jealous through out the video when you are presenting your plugin.

by mdarens | October 25 2012

by cloudfuse | October 02 2012

I am downloading and installing this for the collapsible code brace region feature. if (stateMentTooLong){... I want to collapse it now without regions....}

but lo! that feature is not working in my VS2010.

by gbiamby | September 27 2012

This add-in is great in VS2012, except for one problem: most of the time when I try to save a .coffee file that has syntax errors, Visual Studio crashes. Let me know if there is any info I can send to help you debug this.

by Rob Reynolds (FerventCoder) | August 26 2012

Fantastic addition to Visual Studio!

by PaulJSanchez | July 20 2012

It become unusable when editing medium-large javascript files... about a second delay from keypress to character appearing in the document! I had to disable it... when bugs like this dissapear, I'll give another try.

by BrianJFinkel | July 12 2012

Really great ideas, but JS extensions are way too slow and seem to compete with MS JS extensions, which are better. Can you add the ability to selectively enable/disable the tools? That might be a huge improvement. The CSS extensions are awesome, but I can't leave this thing running because it kills the JS editor.

by Mark_GNJ | July 07 2012

Excellent plugin, Amazing! Loved it

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  • VS crash after upgrade to 2.7
    3 Posts | Last post April 25, 2012
    • Just upgraded to ver. 2.7. When copy/pasting styles in a stylesheet I start getting exceptions on the paste, is this a know issue with this version? Is there any log information to look into? 
    • I too get this error. I assume it is the dialog "Visual Studio has encountered an exception. This may be caused by an extension...?" Once you click on OK everything continues as normal. VS doesn't crash.
    • Same here. I pulled a style sheet from the jquery site and pasting it in an aspx page the first time after the document is open resulted in the error. Opening  the page with the stylesheet any time after that there were no messages thrown. I had to close VS and re-open it again to in order to throw the error again.
      
      <style>
      	.ui-button { margin-left: -1px; }
      	.ui-button-icon-only .ui-button-text { padding: 0.35em; } 
      	.ui-autocomplete-input { margin: 0; padding: 0.48em 0 0.47em 0.45em; }
      	.ui-autocomplete {
      		max-height: 200px;
      		overflow-y: auto;
      		/* prevent horizontal scrollbar */
      		overflow-x: hidden;
      		/* add padding to account for vertical scrollbar */
      		padding-right: 20px;
      	}
      	/* IE 6 doesn't support max-height
      	 * we use height instead, but this forces the menu to always be this tall
      	 */
      	* html .ui-autocomplete {
      		height: 200px;
      	}
      	
      </style>
      
  • How To Update?
    1 Posts | Last post April 19, 2012
    • Hi,
      
      I currently have build 2.6 installed. When I last ran VS it said there was an update, so it took me to this page.
      
      When I now try to install 2.7, I get:
      
      "This extensioin is already installed to all applicable products."
      
      Thanks for the help,
      
      Will
  • Javascript brace matching not fully working.
    1 Posts | Last post March 27, 2012
    • Just a small bug report: I have found that JS brace matching does not always work.  It appears to be a problem when the braces span a large number of statements or perhaps a complex set of statements.  For example, I have found that braces surrounding my jqGrid definition (roughly 90 lines long) do not get matched.  Not a huge issue, but finding braces that spread out is when brace matching is the most handy.
      
      Thanks,
      Joseph Schrag
  • Bug with dragging usercontrols to designer
    1 Posts | Last post March 06, 2012
    • The dragging of usercontrols to the designer doesn't work if you are doing a website with IIS as the source.  It creates this in the header:
      <%@ Register Src="~/http://localhost/e/_resources/controls/ucGoogleAnalytics.ascx" TagPrefix="uc" TagName="ucGoogleAnalytics" %>
  • Awesome Extension with some minor issues
    2 Posts | Last post March 06, 2012
    • This is a great extension with some really useful tools, especially for front-end development.
      
      However, after installing this extension I have a slight issue where when style property names or values and auto-completed in the CSS editor, a new-line is automatically inserted. As I write my CSS selectors and rules all on a single line instead of having each style on a separate line this is really starting to frustrate me.
      
      Other than that, its perfect
    • Yup, I second the problem with the newline.  I keep thinking I have hit enter by mistake..
  • Multiple colours in css
    1 Posts | Last post February 24, 2012
    • I wanted this extension to help me with css and to highlight the colours. It only highlights the first colour in the line.
      
      a.selected { color: #197403; background: #A3D796 url("
      
      only the color tag gets the useful colour square next to it.
  • Syntax highlighting for LESS
    3 Posts | Last post February 24, 2012
    • This is a great extension but unfortunately it doesn't play nicely with LessExtension. It disables the syntax highlighting that LessExtension adds for .less files. Would you consider adding less syntax highlighting to Web Essentials or making Web Essentials compatible with LessExtension?
    • If you haven't, you should try the Web Workbench extension by Mindscape. It does LESS, SaSS and CoffeeScript and Web Essentials play very nicely with it
    • I couldn't get it working with Web Workbench. Any help???
  • Support for Protocol-Relative URLs
    2 Posts | Last post February 19, 2012
    • First off, this plug-in rocks! However, it doesn't show a preview for CSS URL values where the URL is protocol relative (i.e. //images.exampledomain.com/myimage.jpg). We use this almost exclusively as the same styles should apply to both http and https without throwing security warnings. Can you slap http: in front of the URL if you detect it is protocol-relative?
    • That's great feedback. I'll fix it for the next release. Thanks!
  • Auto-insert braces don't respect configured formatting
    3 Posts | Last post February 19, 2012
    • I love the extension, but the auto brace insertion doesn't respect the formatting I have defined in VS Options. I have the expanded formatting style where the brace starts on the line after the selector.
      
      example
      {
      }
      
      Is there a way to turn off auto brace inserting, or make it respect the VS Settings?
      
      These are configured in Tools > Options > Text Editor > CSS > Formatting > Style 
      
    • I agree.  Don't care for tools that override the way I do things.
    • This will be fixed for the next version
  • "Surround with region" not being displayed
    3 Posts | Last post February 02, 2012
    • I followed your description for surrounding some selected text with regions but the option is not being displayed in the context menu. Also I couldn't do it myself with "/*#region MyRegion */" - collapsing is not possible.
      
      Maybe a localization problem? I'm using the german version of VS.
    • It works within *.js files but not in inline js code within *.aspx files. Could you make this possible?
    • I am having the same issue, i was thinking it was something related with resharper incompability, it would be nice if we can use the #regions in the .aspx files.
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