This year at the //build/ conference I gave a session on Visual Studio Web Tools and Web Essentials. It’s now online on Channel 9 in case you want to watch it.
I was using a few extensions that are great for any web developer using Visual Studio 2013. I’ve compiled the list of extensions here and added a few additional ones that are really useful as well.
Download: Web Essentials in the VS Gallery
A delicious side dish for Visual Studio. This is an awesome template pack containing both Project Templates, Item Templates and Snippets for a wide variety of scenarios. From building Angular.js apps, Nancy FX projects, Browser Link and Chrome extensions and a lot more.
Download: SideWaffle in the VS Gallery
This extension let’s you manually nest and unnest files in Solution Explorer. It also has an option for doing the nesting automatically based on file naming conventions. This is great for nesting *.min.js and other related files under parent files.
Download: File Nesting in the VS Gallery
JSON Schema Generator
Visual Studio 2013 will provide full Intellisense and tooltips for any JSON file that is associated with a schema. This extension lets you right-click directly on a JSON file in Solution Explorer and generate a schema file based on the source JSON file.
Download: JSON Schema Generator in the VS Gallery
Here are some additional extensions that might be of interest to you as well.
In the Day 2 Keynote I showed how to create a C# console application project and use it as an Azure Webjob. To associate the console application with my web application, I used this extension. It was developed by folks working in the Azure team.
Download: WebJobsVS in the VS Gallery
SlowCheetah – XML transforms
A great extension that enables you to transform your app.config or any other XML file based on the build configuration. Basically, this extension enables scenarios for XML transforms that are currently only available for web.config files.
Download: SlowCheetah in the VS Gallery
If you’re working with Grunt, Gulp, NPM or Bower, then this extension is for you. It allows you to easily run Grunt/Gulp tasks directly from Solution Explorer as well as update Bower components.
Download: GruntLauncher in the VS Gallery
Mexedge Stylesheet Extension
This is a beautiful extension that provides CSS document outline directly inside Solution Explorer. Not only does it look great, it also gives a very convenient overview over media queries, selectors and rule sets. This is a must-have for any web developer working with CSS.
Download: Mexedge in the VS Gallery
PHP Tools for Visual Studio
In my live Channel 9 interview we talked briefly about this excellent extension for PHP development. This gives you PHP Intellisense, debugging, code navigation and a lot more inside Visual Studio. A must-have for PHP developers that want the awesome power of Visual Studio.
Download: PHP Tools in the VS Gallery
Cobisi Routing Assistant
This is a great extension for visualizing your ASP.NET routing table and to find what URLs map to what routes. It makes it easier to diagnose routing issues and even provides some great editor tooling features as well.
Download: Routing Assistant in the VS Gallery
CssCop – FxCop for Stylesheets
If you’re getting serious with CSS, then this extension is going to help you out. It runs CssLint inside Visual Studio to give you error messages that makes it easy to fix any rule violations.
Download: CssCop in the VS Gallery
Node.js Tools for Visual Studio
NTVS is a free, open source plugin that turns Visual Studio into a Node.js IDE. And it does a superb job at that. This gives you the power of Visual Studio for any Node.js development.
Download: NTVS on CodePlex
Chutzpah Test Adapter
Download: Chutzpah in the VS Gallery
Lua Test Adapter
Download: Lua Test Adapter in the VS Gallery
Did I forget any extensions? Let me know in the comments below.