Web Essentials 2012

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Adds many useful features to Visual Studio for web developers.

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9/10/2014
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by Ammar.Zaied | February 13 2015

nice !

by Gene Kohli | January 21 2015

Sweet Suite!

by Bob Blork | May 30 2014

nice!

by Shreeharsh Ambli | April 17 2014

brings in new capabilities

by Ilya Galakhov | February 19 2014

Thank You!

by Jitbit1 | February 04 2014

No more LESS support in the latest version. But "LESS" is there on the product page, there's even a LESS-settings tab in the options. Thanks for ruining our work process.

This extension is #1 result in Google for "Visual Studio LESS".

PS. the new "ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2" only highlights LESS code, but does not compile it!! So your answer does not help!!

by Proco | January 27 2014

Amazing extension!

by Richard D | December 19 2013

Nice tools, but unfortunately Typescript is left out of the recent update. So a lot of the functionality I used is not available anymore.

:-(

by harwi | November 30 2013

Great tool!

by Breno Queiroz | November 27 2013

You Must Have It!

by Balaji M Kundalam | November 23 2013

Useful add on.

by GK Dev | November 20 2013

by TW Scannell | November 19 2013

This says is updated today.It fails to install in VS 2012 Express

Mads Kristensen November 20 2013
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Unfortunately, VS Express doesn't support 3rd party extension. It's not a limitation of Web Essentials

by Eliezer Perlmutter | November 01 2013

by Leonardo Lourenço Silva | November 01 2013

Very USeful !!!

by Christiaan Rakowski | October 28 2013

by HiTech Magic | October 22 2013

Dropping support for TypeScript (without plastering that "little" detail all over the download page) has just cost me 4 wasted hours and sent me full circle back to the old Web Essentials.

1. Installed Web essential update
- lost TypeScript support

2. Installed separate TypeScript add-in from MS
- Does not build existing TypeScript files in project

3. Researched how to modify project to get it to build TypeScript files
- Still does not build existing TypeScript files in project

4. Created a new project minimal testbed to test TypeScript compiling
- ts files are added, with TypeScriptCompile option, but do not generate .js files at all. Tools | Options etc have no effect

5. Researched this new problem
- Gave up in disgust

6. Uninstalled TypeScript & latest Web Essentials

7. Installed old Web Essentials
- Luckily this was still in my download folder

8. Have now lost color-coding, intellisense and all those other features that made Web Essentials useful.
- Decide to write grumpy review :(

I have never had so much grief from one update. In future I will Google for problems with the updates before even thinking about pressing upgrade!

by Cattousa | October 15 2013

WebEssentials 2012 is a stellar extension. Being able to collapse JavaScript between {curly brackets} is very useful.

by Ytrog | October 15 2013

Good plugin although the CoffeeScript functionality doesn't compile the scripts and crashes vs2012 every time I try :(

by Aleksandar Totovic | October 08 2013

It's very nice

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  • Failing to compile .less files with import
    4 Posts | Last post July 23, 2013
    • After upgrading to v2.8 today, any .less files that have @import statements in them are broken. I have found someone else having the same issue, on this stack overflow topic: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/17703093/web-essentials-v2-8-less-import-error/17735609#17735609
      
      I am not receiving any error messages, just a blank preview window, along with blank .css and .min.css files, so my styling is now broken.
      
      Do you have any ideas what is going on?
      
      Thank you.
    • I am having same issue.
    • Same issue for me...
    • Unfortunately, I'm having the same issues. In 2012 it appears that the relative path bug has not been fixed, although I can use the @import as far back as one folder (../file.less) I believe. My project structure requires 3 levels up. I tried in 2012.2 and 2012.3.
      
      Using the preview for 2013, no @import works. This is such a great addition to Visual Studio, it's such a shame that one single item keeps bogging me down.
  • Maybe Zen coding for Xaml?
    1 Posts | Last post July 19, 2013
    • I whish I had Zen coding in Xaml as well...
  • Undeclared mixin
    1 Posts | Last post July 18, 2013
    • When I write:
      @import "/normalize/normalize.less";
      #normalize.all("Arial", "Arial");
      
      The css is compiled but #normalize is "undeclared.
      
      Changing to:
      @import "normalize/normalize.less";
      
      #normalize is declared but the css doesn't compile.
  • No LESS syntax highlighting
    1 Posts | Last post July 18, 2013
    • After I upgraded to 2012.3 update (I think it's related), my LESS intellisense and syntax highlighting stopped working. web essentials apparently still work, as I can still see CSS preview (correctly syntax highlighted), LESS compiles and I can change options.
      
      I just upgraded to 2.8 hoping this has been resolved, but I can see the same effect. No LESS highlighting nor intellisense.
  • TypeScript 0.9.1
    1 Posts | Last post July 16, 2013
    • When saving a file i get a "Compiling TypeScript..." message, but the TypeScript process never returns! Is TypeScript 0.9.1 supported?
  • TypeScript 0.9.0.1 support?
    1 Posts | Last post July 15, 2013
    • TypeScript 0.9.0.1 support?
  • Any plan to support vs2013?
    2 Posts | Last post July 10, 2013
    • I really love this extension,and I wonder if there is any plan to support vs2013 preview?
      Thanks.
    • I've found at http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/56633663-6799-41d7-9df7-0f2a504ca361
      THX Very MUCH!!!
  • Less Compile Error
    2 Posts | Last post July 09, 2013
    • Visual Studio 2012 Update 2
      
      Web Essentials 2.7
      
      Hello,
      Every time when I try to change or create any .less file, I got this message in css preview:
      
      /*
      
      Compile Error. 
      See error list for details
      
      
      */
      
      And when I open Error List, I can see this:
      
      LESS: 
      
      This thing same everytime, no description at all. It doesn't depend from code, even this code generate error:
      
      body {
      }
      
      What shell I do?
    • Same here, I always get the compile error. I'd prefer to be able just to disable the css preview that taking up useless space...
  • Make .test.ts testable files
    1 Posts | Last post July 05, 2013
    • Make .test.ts testable files. test("test name", function(){}) and show results on Test Explorer
  • Zen Coding in XML files
    1 Posts | Last post July 04, 2013
    • Zen Coding works fine in .html files, but ignored in .xml. Any way to enable it for .xml?
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