10 Visual Studio Extensions You Must Have

10 Visual Studio Extensions You Must Have

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Firstly, I would like to thanks a lot to all the readers of this blog for the appreciation & suggestions you guys have shown for the post – visual studio shortcuts you must know.

I am extremely delighted that the post was of great help to many of you. After getting many responses as well as few requests to suggest popular visual studio extensions for .NET developers, I have decided to club these extensions and create a list of visual studio extensions you must have.

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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.

Extensions used by me

These are the ones which I use for my day-to-day coding activities and tons of thanks to these Visual Studio Extensions for making my life easy. You can navigate to this list by Going to Tools –> Extension and Updates.

10 Visual Studio Extensions You Must Have

Visual Studio Extensions You Must Have

UPDATE

#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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  • Benjamin Alderson

    Good list. I’ll check out the Productivity Power Tools. I use R#, NuGet, and I’ve used various spellcheckers over the years. I last tried the ReSpeller packaged in with R#, but I prefer the Visual Studio Spell Checker in the gallery from EWSoftware mostly for how the tooltips work. It’s amusing, I’m the only developer in my group (apparently) with the spell checker because the other guys put typos in comments and even class and method names far more often than I’d expect, and I’m always the one to catch (and fix) them.

    • @Benjamin Thanks for the comment. I feel happy that the list was useful for you.

    • @benjaminalderson:disqus Thanks for the comment. It feels good that the list was useful to you. Yeah I agree with the spell checker part. Keep Exploring and share if you find any other great extensions for visual studio. Productivity Power Tools is really awesome extension. You must give it a shot.

      Happy Coding!

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  • Arni Leibovits

    Good list, I use most of these extensions every day. But please, for the love of god, don’t recommend GhostDoc or other comment generation tools. Comments are evil and most should be removed, as they add no value and hinder code readability 🙂

    • @arnileibovits:disqus Glad to hear that you like the post. Regarding GhostDoc, well it depends a bit on personal choice as well. Comments sometimes turns out to be very useful.

  • Nathan

    Interesting list! Have you checked http://www.contanettools.com ?? They let you write web browser programs with Visual Studio without having to use any HTML, or CSS, or Javascript!