I’m trying out Visual Studio (VS) 2015, which at the time of this writing, is in RC. Like most developers, the first thing I do with a shiny new VS is to install my tools and plugins. Of course I got Resharper (R#) installed and the PostFix Templates extension for R# installed.

 

Lately, I’ve been playing around with Win 8/10 JS apps that I’ve started in VS 2015, but I hadn’t opened any existing applications in VS 2015 since I work on some team projects. VS 2013 had one-way project upgrading and I had some issues with a previous team where not everyone was on the same version of VS.

 

Today, I had both VS 2013 and 2015 opened at the same time. This caused some issues with R#’s licensing platform so I made the leap and opened one of my web projects in VS 2015.

 

Let me back up a little: since I mostly do web development, I work with LESS quite a bit. Once upon a time I used a Post Build event to execute an npm command to compile my LESS files. As most web developers do, I have Web Essentials (WE) installed and at some point it finally stopped giving me issues with Bootstrap’s LESS files.

 

Moving forward: I had opened a web application in VS 15 and tried to save a LESS file. I noticed that it didn’t recompile the LESS file to CSS. That’s when I noticed that I had forgotten to install WE! Off to the VS Extension Manager! What’s this? WE installed and in this version, they’ve stripped the compilers out.

 

Which brings me to writing this post:

 

How to get Grunt to compile your LESS files on save, and at build, in VS 2015.

 

Read More