Web Essentials 2013.5

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Adds many useful features to Visual Studio for web developers. Requires VS2013 Update 4 or 5

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7/27/2015
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by DavidBliss | Mon 2:23 PM

LESS compiling does not work with latest update! Please fix this.

by roninlab | July 29 2015

SCSS compiles broken! be weary!

running VS 2013.4

by DaveR77 | July 24 2015

2.6.12 does not auto compile LESS files on save anymore (VS2013.5)

And when you run the Recompile all LESS command from the menu it saves linked LESS files but does not update them correctly

by Delg | July 23 2015

Less will no longer compile after the latest update.....

by Alexey Shirshov | July 21 2015

LESS doesn't work with VS 2013.5

by Nathan Copier | July 08 2015

This is the best CoffeeScript extension you can get for Visual Studio. That said, it's bad, really bad.
First, it automatically adds any compiled .js or .map files to your git repo, bypassing any gitignore rules you may have. I have no idea why anyone would want to clutter their git repos with build files and I can't understand why Web Essentials doesn't have an option to disable this.
Second, I'm fairly sure they are using an outdated CoffeeScript compiler. I frequently have errors in my .map files that aren't present when compiling from the command line. Also, many language syntax features throw errors in Web Essentials.
Third, it supports Iced CoffeeScript, but adding a new .iced file can't be done directly through Visual Studio's Solution Explorer. You have to open up your solution folder in File Explorer and add it there, then add it as an existing file through your Solution Explorer. An unnecessary run around.
Finally, the built-in language tools are nonexistent It has no refactor tools or IntelliSense.
I love Visual Studio as an IDE, but if you're going to do any kind of CoffeeScript development, invest the money, and purchase a WebStorm license. You'll be glad you did.

by Vaibhav Bali | June 27 2015

Doesn't work when update 4 to Visual Studio is applied

by formulahendry | June 24 2015

by Travis Layne | June 23 2015

SASS support is constantly giving my team "errors", which are always ambiguous and worthless. Don't use this plugin if you're looking for quality SASS support.

We've reluctantly begun reverting to Mindscape's Web Workbench due to it's reliability. Since this is primarily what we use this plugin for, it doesn't help us much beyond that, so I can't personally say if it's a good tool for other things.

by FernandoBraz | June 19 2015

Very good extension getting better and better. Great job guys keep going!

by RyanE899 | June 15 2015

After creating a TypeScript bundle, closing the solution the IDE freezes loading the solution.

by Ken Cenerelli | June 13 2015

by MrGenius | June 11 2015

by RichardMisencik | June 11 2015

Can't compile .scss files anymore, it is useless.

by Biagio Arobba | June 03 2015

Excellent WHEN IT WORKS, but very SLOOOOOOOOW on start up and after build (I think Web Essentials can only handle a few folders).

by JPDavinci | May 14 2015

Typescript compiler would stop working. E.g. Making changes to the TS file, saving or even running the program. The generated JS file never picked up the new changes. Attempted to attach a script debugger using 2nd instance of VS2013, could not detect any errors. Almost as if something was knocking the TS compiler out completely. Removed this tool and everything popped back to life again.

by Qingqing Sun | May 08 2015

Excellent extension.

by H.marzban | May 06 2015

by lextechnica | April 29 2015

Terrible problems after installing this update. My SASS files never compile, I have to keep manually deleting the cache files, and I am just about to re-install for the third time after wasting most of yesterday repairing visual studio.

by MadScientistBob | April 27 2015

Good Stuff

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  • Bundling no longer working since update to 2.6.13 and vs2013 update 5
    1 Posts | Last post July 28, 2015
    • My bundling is not longer working and I am now getting the following error
      
      7/28/2015 11:44:01 AM: System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.
         at MadsKristensen.EditorExtensions.FileHelpers.RelativePath(String absolutePath, String relativeTo)
         at MadsKristensen.EditorExtensions.Helpers.CssUrlNormalizer.FixPath(String url)
         at MadsKristensen.EditorExtensions.Helpers.CssUrlNormalizer.Visit(ParseItem parseItem)
         at Microsoft.CSS.Core.ComplexItem.Accept(ICssSimpleTreeVisitor visitor)
         at Microsoft.CSS.Core.ComplexItem.Accept(ICssSimpleTreeVisitor visitor)
         at Microsoft.CSS.Core.ComplexItem.Accept(ICssSimpleTreeVisitor visitor)
         at Microsoft.CSS.Core.ComplexItem.Accept(ICssSimpleTreeVisitor visitor)
         at Microsoft.CSS.Core.ComplexItem.Accept(ICssSimpleTreeVisitor visitor)
         at MadsKristensen.EditorExtensions.Helpers.CssUrlNormalizer.NormalizeUrls(BlockItem tree, String targetFile, String oldBasePath)
         at MadsKristensen.EditorExtensions.BundleGenerator.<CombineFiles>d__10.MoveNext()
      
  • Post-build exception
    1 Posts | Last post July 27, 2015
    • With an up-to-date Web Essentials for 2013, o get the following. Let me know if I can provide any further logs.
      
      ========== Build: 1 succeeded, 0 failed, 2 up-to-date, 0 skipped ==========
      27/07/2015 10:08:54: An exception was thrown when Web Essentials: Updating Bundles...: System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.
         at MadsKristensen.EditorExtensions.BundleFilesMenu.<UpdateAllBundlesAsync>d__12.MoveNext()
      27/07/2015 10:08:54: An exception was thrown when Web Essentials: Updating Sprites...: System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.
         at MadsKristensen.EditorExtensions.Images.SpriteImageMenu.<UpdateAllSpritesAsync>d__f.MoveNext()
      
      
      
  • JS Bundle Feature: Disable Minify in Debug automatic
    1 Posts | Last post July 13, 2015
    • Hello,
      thanks for this great extension. I have a question regarding the bundle feature. Is it possible to set the flag for minifying the JS Files by configuration setting. I want that the code only in release builds gets minified in debug builds or in debug mode i want to see the code in full length.
      
      Greetings
      M. Lang
      
  • How to run bundle generation on build?
    1 Posts | Last post July 02, 2015
    • I have VS 2013 update 4. I set the following options:
      
      Tools->Options->Web Essentials->JavaScript->Bundle->Run on build
      Tools->Options->Web Essentials->LESS->Compile Files on build
      
      but they seem to have no effect. I was also looking for MsBuild tasks or command line tools to force web essentials JS bundle generation and less compilation and did not find any.
      
      I am on a verge of abandoning WE and moving to something else. If it can't generate files on build, I can't use it in production development.
      
      Please help.
  • Update Node.js
    1 Posts | Last post June 12, 2015
    • Hi,
      
      How do I upgrade Node.js from 0.10.33 as the current version that ships with Web Essentials Update 4 is being flagged up as vunerable by my IT Infrastructure Team?
      
      Thanks.
  • Installation fails VS2013 - Update 5 ctp
    7 Posts | Last post June 12, 2015
    • Hello,
      this is not clear at all.
      I've Visual Studio 2013, but "Update 5 ctp".
      
      If I try to install the Web Essentials 2013 I get: "This extension is not installable on any currently installed products";
      and if I try to install the Web Essentials 2015 I get: "This extension is not installable on any currently installed products";
      
      So... how am I supposed to install this Web Essentials?!?!?!?!?
      
    • I am having this same problem.
      
      Current VS version: 12.0.21005.1 REL
      Windows 8.1
      
      
      Update:  I seem to get this on any Plugins like this ... anyone have any idea why that is?
      
    • I think the problem is that this plugin is for Update 4, and you are using Update 5 (ctp). The version requirements for the Web Essentials plugin are rather strict.
    • Anyone figure this one out?  Do I need to uninstall update 5?
    • Download the install file, then open the file with for example 7zip. Copy the extension.vsixmanifest file to your computer, and change the entry for InstallationTarget to match your version of visual studio. Then save and copy back into the archive (drag into your 7zip window). This is not recommended to do though since it could cause problems (I haven't had any issues so far, but I did it on a test machine).
    • Worked like a charm, fr4nk3n5t31n. Cheers!
    • thanks  fr4nk3n5t31n 
      it is works for me with  vs2013 update5 RC.
      just open it with 7zip , and edit the extension.vsixmanifest .
      don't unzip the vsix.
  • cannot install Web Essentials 2013 after one week of trying
    1 Posts | Last post June 04, 2015
    • There is still a bug with installing web essentials, I have VS 2013, newest there is, shows as pro, premium, ultimate and express 2012 for web
      
      is there any known fix for the installation bug?
  • NullReferenceException during solution build
    2 Posts | Last post May 26, 2015
    • I recently started to get the following exception whenever I perform a build on a project:
      20.5.2015. 9:50:50: An exception was thrown when Web Essentials: Updating Bundles...: System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.
         at MadsKristensen.EditorExtensions.BundleFilesMenu.<UpdateAllBundlesAsync>d__12.MoveNext()
      20.5.2015. 9:50:50: An exception was thrown when Web Essentials: Updating Sprites...: System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.
         at MadsKristensen.EditorExtensions.Images.SpriteImageMenu.<UpdateAllSpritesAsync>d__f.MoveNext()
      
      The exception started to occur recently and the only thing that I've changed is that I've also installed Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 Installer Projects extension (https://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/9abe329c-9bba-44a1-be59-0fbf6151054d) but I do not see how it should be related in any way.
    • Exact same situation here.
  • SASS version?
    1 Posts | Last post May 15, 2015
    • I'm trying to run some of the sample of SASS 3.3 version code. But it is throws exception while compile. 
      
      I'm not sure, what version is used by Web Essentials 2013 Update 4. Can anyone confirm that? Also, it would be great help if I get the guidance to check the Sass version in Web Essentials. 
      
      
      Ref: http://sassmeister.com/gist/9378629 
      
      Code Snippet:
      
      // Variables for 'social network' colours
      $Twitter: #41b7d8;
      $FB: #3b5997;
      $GPlus: #d64937;
      $LinkedIn: #0073b2;
      $RSS: #e0812a;
      
      
      /*
       * Here lies the sexy Sass 3.3 stuff
       */
      // The below part is not compiling in VS: Throws Error: "Missing a selector before the comma (',') in a selector group" 
      
      $social:  (twitter, $Twitter),
                (facebook, $FB),
                (linkedin, $LinkedIn),
                (RSS, $RSS),
                (googleplus, $GPlus);
      
      Thanks in advance.
  • Exclude generated files from project
    1 Posts | Last post May 13, 2015
    • Is there any capability to exclude generated files like the .min.css or .css files from being added to the project automatically.  I would like to see it where it only builds the files but doesn't add them to the project.
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