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10 visual studio extensions you must have

10 Visual Studio Extensions You Must Have

We have compiled a list of visual studio extensions which are really helpful for coding activities and you must have them installed.

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#1. Productivity Power Tools

A set of extensions to Visual Studio 2012 Professional (and above) which improves developer productivity. After using it for almost 2 years, I can’t imagine myself writing code without it. It can be downloaded from this link. In case if the link is not working search for “Productivity Power Tools” and you will get the download link.

#2. ReSharper

The legendary .NET productivity tool: find and fix errors and code smells; navigate and refactor; run unit tests and write quality code faster. ReSharper is worth the buy (it’s free for students). You can also avail the free 30 day trial to check it out on there website.

ReSharper offers n number of features some of them are:

  • Code quality analysis
  • Eliminate errors and code smells
  • Safely change your code base
  • Code editing helpers
  • Instantly traverse your entire solution

#3. Visual Studio Window Title Changer

Changes the Visual Studio Window Title by evaluating a user defined expression. Extremely helpful when working with multiple branches of the same project. Setting it up is a bit trick. However, for setting it up you can refer here and do let me know if you face any issues.

#4. Web Essentials

Web Essentials extends Visual Studio with a lot of new features that web developers have been missing for many years. If you ever write CSS, HTML, JavaScript, TypeScript, CoffeeScript or LESS, then you will find many useful features that make your life as a developer easier. This is for all Web developers using Visual Studio.

#5. NuGet Package Manager

A collection of tools to automate the process of downloading, installing, upgrading, configuring, and removing packages from a VS Project. You can refer to my post on NuGet package.

10 Visual Studio Extensions You Must Have
Visual Studio 2015 Extensions

#6. Microsoft ASP.NET and Web Tools

Provides latest Web Developer Tools for ASP.NET. It now supports version 2015. It offers many more features for web developers. Some of them are:

  • Tooling support for ASP.NET for .NET Framework.
  • Tooling support for .NET Core and ASP.NET Core.
  • Tooling support for ASP.NET 5 RC1.
  • Updated code editors, Bower/npm support, Task Runner Explorer and web linters.

#7. Stop on First Build Error

StopOnFirstBuildError is an extension that stops a solution build immediately if one project fails to build. There is a menu item in the Build menu that allows you to turn the functionality on and off, the menu item is only visible in multi-project solutions (since it would make no sense in a single project solution).

More information is available here.

#8. GitHub Extension for Visual Studio

The GitHub Extension for Visual Studio makes it easy to connect to and work with your repositories on GitHub and GitHub Enterprise from directly within Visual Studio 2015 or newer. Clone existing repositories or create new ones and start collaborating!

#9. Visual Studio Spell Checker – Version 2013 onward

An editor extension that checks the spelling of comments, strings, and plain text as you type or interactively with a tool window. It can also spell check an entire solution, project, or selected items. Options are available to define multiple languages to spell check again.

#10. GhostDoc

GhostDoc is a Visual Studio extension that automatically generates XML documentation comments for methods and properties based on their type, parameters, name, and other contextual information.

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#11. SwitchStartupProject

Another extension which deserves to be in this list is “SwitchStartupProject“. When you have multiple executables in your solution it allows you to easily change the startup projects.
You can avail more information about this extension here.

References

Hope you enjoyed reading this post and moreover it was useful and worth reading. Now you are familiar with the visual studio extensions you must to have if you are .NET developer.

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