Visual Studio and WebStorm: Am I Mad?
I might be. In many of the projects I help with we have to handle back-end and front-end coding for web projects. This means I need the best in breed in tools no matter where I’m writing code.
In many cases this is Visual Studio. I love this tool and have for years. While it’s not without it’s own foibles, it does most things really well. But not everything.
CSS Helpers to add vendor specific styles, browser validation, color pickers and more…
HTML Editing including ZenCoding, LoremPixel and more…
Support for languages like TypeScript, Markdown and even format-specific editors (i.e. Robots.txt)
In order to accomplish this, I open the project folder (the web project usually) in WebStorm like so:
This way I can do the development in WebStorm, but I still use Visual Studio to launch the application. But you can still use the WebStorm debugger using the JetBrains browser extensions (only works with Firefox and Chrome though):
In all honesty, I have a WebStorm Fundamentals course on Pluralsight so I already like WebStorm. To further convince you, here is a clip from the course showing you how building AngularJS directives is made easier in WebStorm: