During my work, I spend the most time with Visual Studio (Now because of VSCode, Visual Studio is getting little more free time). There was a time I thought I cannot survive without ReSharper for Visual Studio but those times changed since Visual Studio getting better with every new release. And the number of extensions in its marketplace also helps. The following are my favorite tools and extensions for Visual Studio 2019.
Some of the below items are extension packs, which contain several extensions.
Better Comments is a Visual Studio extension that gives you the ability to customize the font and opacity of your comments independently of the editor’s font settings. It also adds four additional comment classifications, each classification with its own customizable foreground.
BuildVision visualize the building process in a table format.
Productivity Power Tools 2017/2019 installs the individual extensions of Productivity Power Tools 2017/2019
Roslynator 2019 is a collection of 500+ analyzers, refactorings and fixes for C#, powered by Roslyn.
Trailing Whitespace Visualizer keeps your code files clean by making it easier than ever to identify and remove any trailing whitespace.
Visual Studio IntelliCode(IntelliCode) is a set of AI-assisted capabilities that improve developer productivity with features like contextual IntelliSense, argument completion, code formatting, and style rule inference.
Visual Studio Spell Checker (VS2017 and Later) is 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 agains…
Web Essentials 2019 is the easiest way to set up Visual Studio for the ultimate web development experience.
After installing the Web Essentials and restarting Visual Studio, the following extensions will be installed:
- Add New File
- Browser Reload on Save
- Browser Sync
- Bundler & Minifier
- Editor Enhancements
- File Icons
- File Nesting
- Image Sprites
- Image Optimizer
- Markdown Editor
- Open Command Line
- Package Installer
- Package Security Alerts
- Web Accessibility Checker
- Web Compiler
More is coming…
xUnit.net.TestGenerator extensions for Visual Studio 2017 and Visual Studio 2019. Creates Unit tests with xUnit.net 2.0 framework. Works on Visual Studio 2017 and Visual Studio 2019.
NCrunch for Visual Studio is Distributed continuous build and test runner. Persistent Inline Code Coverage, Performance Metrics. Navigation + more!
OzCode is a revolutionary debugging extension which complements Visual Studio and supercharges the C# debugging experience!.
ReSharper is a legendary .NET productivity tool: find and fix errors and code smells; navigate and refactor; run unit tests and write quality code faster.
NDepend is a Visual Studio and Azure DevOps/TFS extension that makes it easy to manage Code Quality on large and complex .NET code base
Did I miss something? If you think so, drop a line with the name of the extension in the comments below 👇. I will be updating this post whenever I find a good extension for Visual Studio.
- Added NDepend (Under Review)
- Added xUnit.net.TestGenerator
- Added Roslynator 2019.
- Added Better Comments.