At the //build/ conference when Visual Studio 2013 Preview was released, I open sourced Web Essentials 2013 live on stage. So far that has been really successful with 110 pull requests sent by the community. And Visual Studio 2013 is not even out in its final version yet!
Now it’s time to open source Web Essentials 2012 as well. It has taken a little longer than I wanted, but now it’s finally done and published.
The source code for both Web Essentials 2012 and 2013 is on GitHub.
I’ve been recording a quite a few videos lately for showing off new features in Visual Studio and Web Essentials. Some videos also shows prototypes of what is coming down the line. The question is whether or not videos are the right format for this.
Personally, I prefer short demo videos over written articles or blog posts. There’s just something about seeing how a feature works instead of reading about it. However, there are situations where watching videos aren’t an option. For instance when on the bus with no headphones. Written articles works better for me in those situations.
I like doing videos and I’m considering doing more of them on a regular basis. The question is, are videos worthwhile or is a blog post better?
Check out my Youtube channel to get an idea of how I’d like to do the videos going forward.
Here’s a feature that you might have missed in Visual Studio 2013 RC. It’s one of my absolute favorite features because it solves a very common problem that I often run into when building websites.
I think it’s better to just show you what this feature does instead of writing about it. Check out the video below.
A little while back, Sayed Hashimi and I built the Web Developer Checklist Chrome extension as a companion for the website webdevchecklist.com. We built the extension in Visual Studio and quickly realized that we could optimize the development experience substantially by tweaking the build process along with other details.
From that experience, we now have a project template that contains all you need for writing a Chrome extension and it is available for download.
The project template gives you the following features:
Folder structure suited for production ready Google Chrome extensions
MSBuild integration to produce .zip files to upload to the Google Web Store