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All developers like to personalize their IDE, and even if lately I’m not doing that much of coding, I still like to have my Visual Studio 2013 “pimped” with the extensions that make work easier and faster. Here is a list of the extensions I’ve installed on my VS2013.

ReSharper

I guess this tool doesn’t need introductions: refactorings, code completion, code quality and coding standards checks and many other little helpers that make coding faster.

It’s a commercial tool that costs 134€ and comes with a 30 days trial. More info on JetBrains’ web site.

Nuget

Another extension that doesn’t need an introduction is Nuget. It ships with VS2013, but for older versions of Visual Studio you have to install it manually.

Web Essentials

Visual Studio 2013 has already a lot of HTML/CSS/JS editing features, but Mads Kristensen’s Web Essentials adds even more: zen coding, JSHint, LESS, SASS, CoffeeScript, Markdown, image optimization, intellisense for CSS Media Queries, robots.txt files, HTM5 appcache, AngularJS tags and much more.

Basically an essential extension for anyone doing modern web development using .NET.

SideWaffle

Going along with Web Essentials, SideWaffle adds a bunch of project and item templates and snippets for modern web development (and coming also Windows Phone and Windows Store).

CodeMaid

CodeMaid is an extensions that helps cleaning up and organizing your code. Useful even if you have already ReSharper… and vital if you don’t. Have a look at the documentation to see all that it does.

Productivity Power Tools

From Microsoft, this extension adds some pretty useful features that help you navigate through the IDE faster. Some duplicates features available in ReSharper, but others are unique. So, install it even if you have it. Check features and download it from the visual studio gallery. And there is also a video that explains the new features.

Routing Assistant

Not an extension for everyone, but very useful if you do ASP.NET MVC (ops… maybe it is for everyone then): it explores your solution and visualizes in a tree-like interface all the routes and acts also a routing debugger to help you see which routes are called by specific urls.

It’s a free product from a software company that commercializes ASP.NET MVC libraries.

Code Digger

Based on Pex, this extension analyzes possible executions paths of your code and tries to find possible edge cases and exceptions. Download it from visual studio gallery.

Visual Studio Team Foundation Power Tools

An essential extension for anyone “administering” a TFS 2013 installation. Download it.

What other extensions would you recommend?

Here was my list of extensions: what am I missing? What other would your recommend? Write it in a comment.

UPDATE: Ugo Lattanzi wrote a similar post a few one year and half ago, with extensions for Visual Studio 2012: most of the extensions mentioned there are still relevant for 2013, like Vs Commands, StyleCop and Ghost Doc.

posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 6:19 PM

Comments on this entry:

# re: Show me your Visual Studio Extensions

Left by Topbot at 1/16/2014 7:27 PM

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# tangible T4, nDepend and ozCode

Left by Kees Dijk at 1/17/2014 8:43 AM

Hi,

Thanks for the nice list.

For using T4 I find tangible T4 Editor vital ( tangible T4 )

For reviews and keeping an eye on code quality I think nDepend is the best ( nDepend )

I have just starting using it but ozCode for debugging already is adding a lot of value to my debugging process ( ozCode )

Kees Dijk.

# GhostDoc, ResXManager, Unit Test Generator

Left by Christophe Singulé at 1/17/2014 10:17 AM

"GhostDoc" for Documentation.

"ResXManager" as it allows to manage resources in a grid with all languages visible at the same time.

"Unit Test Generator" to, as its name says, help generating Unit Tests.

Christophe

# re: Show me your Visual Studio Extensions

Left by Simone at 1/17/2014 10:33 AM

Thanks for the additional extensions suggested!
Will update the post with them soon.

# re: Show me your Visual Studio Extensions

Left by Mehdi Khalili at 1/18/2014 1:27 PM

Great list. Thanks for sharing.

I wrote a similar post with my tools and extensions a while back (www.mehdi-khalili.com). Although a bit old I am still using pretty much all those tools and extensions. I hope you find some of them useful.

# re: Show me your Visual Studio Extensions

Left by Eber Irigoyen at 1/23/2014 7:20 PM

VsVim #FTW

# re: Show me your Visual Studio Extensions

Left by Pena at 1/31/2014 7:36 PM

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# re: Show me your Visual Studio Extensions

Left by Mads Kristensen at 1/31/2014 7:44 PM

I would add File Nesting to that list: channel9.msdn.com/...

# re: Show me your Visual Studio Extensions

Left by Jalpesh Vadgama at 3/10/2014 7:19 AM

Hi,

Please go through codemaid extension of visual studio. It is free and awesome product.

Regards,
Jalpesh

# re: Show me your Visual Studio Extensions

Left by Mark at 3/11/2014 10:24 AM

Nice list of VS extensions...I will add only 2: VSCommands and Codelens Code Health Indicator (only for VS Ultimate though).

VSCommands is not such a big extension, but it adds some cool features: Command Line Here, Locate in Solution Explorer, Edit Project File.

Codelens Code Health Indicator really provides plenty useful information about your code.

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