One of the plug-ins that I use the most in Visual Studio is Web Essentials. It has a large set of features designed to make life easier for developers to get their jobs done. Today I read the article by Visual Studio Time Saver – Faster HTML Coding by Susan Ibach where she talks about the Zen Coding feature in Web Essentials. For as many years I have used Web Essentials this is not a feature that I am familiar with. It’s incredible! Here is a list of links to different places to get additional information on Web Essentials and tips on how to use Zen Coding.
- Web Essentials: A Visual Studio Extension
- YouTube: Web Essentials
- Twitter: #WebEssentials
- John Papa: Zen Coding in Visual Studio 2012 (A Quick Reference)
- YouTube: Zen Coding
As a bonus check out vstips in Twitter. There some great suggestions in there for making Visual Studio easier to use.
Here is a link to the video Susan referenced that shows how to use the Zen Coding functionality.