Web Essentials 2012


Adds many useful features to Visual Studio for web developers.

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by Kijana Woodard | October 04 2013

Overall nice, but last update broke markdown support in VS2012. I can't edit the files anymore. Having to use npp++. :-[

Mads Kristensen October 05 2013
| Edit |

This is now fixed in version 3.2

by dirq | October 02 2013

Love it. All the things missing in Visual Studio are right here. You need this.

by rainbow_tj007 | September 19 2013

very nice

by Lee Song Chow | September 18 2013

After upgraded to the 3.0 version, I have to downgrade it back to the older version just to keep the TypeScript support alive.

by Jim Fisher | September 15 2013

The removal of Typescript support is premature. Typescript is excellent, but mostly unusable in its current state without the WE support. WE is still a very good extension with lots of great stuff, but the major reason why I remember to install and use it is now gone. Surely there's a better way of avoiding conflict than by removing useful features now because another team might add them in the future.

Edit: I just found WE2012.v2 in my downloads folder and downgraded. Please bring Typescript support back!

by ELT | September 13 2013

Removal of TypeScript support is a wrong move, imo. VS2012 has really poor support for TS, and I'd rather prefer to turn off VS's Compile-on-save, as it doesn't (always) work anyways, and even when it does - having a side window with generated code view was a huge help.
In short - please bring TS support back, at least until VS fixes their stuff.
And yes, if you're using TFS in the cloud - this makes things a lot more worse, since now you have to reference TypeScript target for MSBuild, which are not there.

by HowardRichards | September 04 2013

WebEssential 3 is a disaster with the removal of TypeScript support.

The VS2012 update 3 TypeScript features are almost useless. I would STRONGLY recommend against upgrading from WE 2.x if you use TypeScript, especially if like me you use TFS.

Bug 1: Compile-on-Save feature does not work.

If you create a new TypeScript file and save it, VS does not compile on save.

Bug 2: No side-by-side JS window - now you've got to go hunting for the JS file to figure out if the file got compiled or not

Bug 3: No longer creates both .min.js and .js files - VS2012 just creates a .js file with no option for a .min.js file

Bug 4: Created .js files don't get added to the solution. We check in our compiled .js/.min.js files, which WE 2.x did automatically. VS2012 does not do this.

Bug 5: Compiling a web project tries to recompile .TS files - and there is no option to turn this off.

Bug 6: Compiling a web project tries to write to .js file when checked in using TFS, and generates a write error as the files are read-only, whereas WE 2.x will check out the file. The only workaround is to check out ALL files in the web project (AAARGH!)

by TNJMAN | September 03 2013

I am enjoying this, but as other say, it seems to affect performance.

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by Ronald Riveros [GeekZero] | August 26 2013

Hasta el momento he utilizado pocas de sus funciones, pero las que utilicé me parecen sumamente utiles, especialmente las que tienen que ver con CSS. Estas funciones deberían estar de serie en Visual Studio incluso.

by Marco Kijlstra | August 22 2013

Good features but had to uninstall because just typing in .css files became slow en the quick find box took seconds to open and processing a single key-stroke in the QF-box took almost a second. Uninstalling web-essentials fixed this.

by Ali.Alikhani | August 19 2013

Very Nice

by JP Hamilton | August 15 2013

Good, but latest version brings VS to a crawl. Doesn't remove comments.

by Jukka Hyvärinen | August 15 2013

Slows down VS too much.

by Ciprian-Stefan Grigore | August 05 2013

by Galeel Bhasha | July 24 2013

Web essential 2012 doesn't recognise the newly introduced html5 tag 'main'.

by emgee | July 19 2013

Excellent, the less processing and typescript bits have been very helpful to us. Thanks Mads!!

by Mahesh.Nalam | July 16 2013

Very Useful tools

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  • Error when using Re-Minify all CSS/JS files
    1 Posts | Last post March 17, 2015
    • I get this error:
      Microsoft Visual Studio
      Not implemented (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80004001 (E_NOTIMPL))
  • Permission Denied
    1 Posts | Last post March 12, 2015
    • I work in an environment where we have very limited permissions on our computer. I installed Web Essentials 2012 and created a blank .less file. The preview window is showing
      Compile Error.  See error list for details
      I pulled up the error list and it's showing
      LESS: Permission denied
      I can't find the error in any log or the event viewer so I don't know which account needs permissions to what folder. I tried giving everyone all permissions to the folder that contains the .less file just to see if that was where the error is, but that didn't do it. Does anybody know which folder it writes to? The temp asp.net folder maybe? Do you also know what account needs permissions? I don't have rights to modify the temp asp folder, so I'd have to put in a request with my IT department, so I can't really just play around and figure it out via trial and error.
      I've spent a few days trying to find an answer to this, but I'm not getting anywhere. If someone could point me in the right direction, that would be awesome.
  • Good
    1 Posts | Last post February 13, 2015
    • One of the best.
  • SASS Compile Error Link
    1 Posts | Last post October 14, 2014
    • When you compile a not valid SASS files a Link Error is generated.
      This link is not connected to a running Web server.
      How can I customize this link.
      e.g. http://localhost:80/error.aspx
      Something went wrong reaching:
  • Recompile all less files doesn't work
    3 Posts | Last post October 11, 2014
    • Recompile all less files worked just fine, but when I've checkout fresh version into another folder it stop working (including recompile after build).
      If I open less file, change it and save (css is created) then this file works automatically since then just fine.
      Should I open each time I create a new repository all less files, or there is another way?
    • I have comitted only .less files, once I add corresponded .css, Web Essentials start works with it as expected.
    • The only way, find out for now is to commit .css files too. Though all my .css files are autogenerated and therefore it is a pitty, that I should commit .css along with .less and checkin .css on change of less too.
  • Minify CSS
    1 Posts | Last post September 30, 2014
    • On CSS minify, should there be an option to remove empty selectors?
  • Less compiling after Publish???
    1 Posts | Last post September 10, 2014
    • So, after clicking one-click publishing, I see this in my output put window in VS2012: 
      ========== Build: 1 succeeded, 0 failed, 1 up-to-date, 0 skipped ==========
      ========== Publish: 1 succeeded, 0 failed, 0 skipped ==========
      9/10/2014 3:15:40 PM: ImportMixins.less compiled
      9/10/2014 3:15:40 PM: rs-ui-tabs-from-bulleted-list.less compiled
      9/10/2014 3:15:40 PM: ImportVariables.less compiled
      9/10/2014 3:15:40 PM: variables.less compiled
      9/10/2014 3:15:40 PM: rs-custom-controls.less compiled
      This appears to me to be compiling LESS files after publishing my site.
      Is there a way to ensure compilation before publishing other than doing a manual build prior to hitting publish?
  • SCSS: unparsable compilation error:
    2 Posts | Last post July 31, 2014
    •  SCSS: Compiling style.scss
       SCSS: unparsable compilation error: 
      but no indication of the line # in the file. any help?
    • I am having this issue now as well. I have one site.scss file that imports various other partials. It was working fine until a few days ago when (seemingly) at random they started failing to compile on save. Now the partials require the other partials to be imported into them before they will compile. I've triple-checked my @import flow and it is perfect! Sassmeister and other compilers have no issue.
      Specifically, I get the "unparsable compilation error" as well as meaningless "(X)101" errors in the Error List. No line numbers or suggestions to be found.
      Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  • V2.2.7 fails to install on VS2013wU2
    1 Posts | Last post July 23, 2014
    • Complains that this version of product is not supported... 
  • Web Essentials context menu on .js files
    1 Posts | Last post June 19, 2014
    • Why is it when I right click some statndard js files, in the web essentials context menu everything but "Run JSHint" and "Run JSCS" is grayed out and cannot be used?
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