Visual Studio, while pretty feature laden, isn’t the type of editor that a modern day front end guru salivates for. When I first started developing in a .Net environment I found it pretty cumbersome and even a little intimidating. These days, it rivals my favorite HTML/CSS editors now that I’ve configured it to my liking and made 3 significant (but easy) adjustments.
1. Tabs Studio
The tab system in visual is pretty poor for such a heavily developed system. Tabs studio allows you to have multiple rows, coloring, grouping.. just a ton of features that should have been included but never were. The time it will save you is well worth the $50 Price Tag.
2. Color Scheme/Code Highlighting: Resharper- Son of obsidian
An editor without a full featured color picker? This won’t do! Check out this free add on to give you some robust color underline and picker features, simply a must for developing attractive and precise interfaces and visuals.
Now if I can only find a way to make their auto format tool acceptable…