Sitecore Rocks will make Sitecore developers happy!
Sitecore Rocks integrates directly with Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 and 2017 and gives developers a fast, streamlined development experience by letting them use the tools that they are familiar with. This will increase productivity and lower the incidence of bugs.
Sitecore Rocks 2.0 is open source. Visit the GitHub repo.
Download the latest version from AppVeyor.
Sitecore Rocks no longer supports Visual Studio 2013 as Microsoft has not made the Visual Studio 2013 SDK available on NuGet. The last version to support VS 2013 is version 2.0.54 (available from AppVeyor).
Sitecore Rocks is fully extendable using plug-ins that allows you to add new buttons, item editor skins, field types, pipelines and more.
Report bugs and wishes in the GitHub repo.
Sitecore Rocks version 2
In order to make Rocks open source, we had to make some significant changes to get it past our legal department. The main showstopper was the use of commercial WPF components. So we had to replace the components with free and open source alternatives. Some of these new components look different, behave differently, or in rare cases does not provide similar functionality. For the SyntaxEditor we chose to replace it with a standard WPF TextBox which has no syntax highlighting or advanced editing features (we may introduce AvalonEdit from SharpDevelop at a later point).
Since we had to make significant changes, we took the oppotunity to remove some of the bloat from Sitecore Rocks - and some features have been entirely removed. The reasons for this range from poor and unstable implementation, experimental features, features that are never used, and functionality that is better supplied by other tools (like TDS and SIM).
The following features have been removed:
In addition to the removed features, we also removed Sitecore Rocks Windows (the standard alone version, that did not require Visual Studio). It relied heavily on the ActiPro components, and very few people were using it. Since Visual Studio Community is now free and supports extensions, Sitecore Rocks Windows is not really relevant.
We have deprecated support for Visual Studio 2010 and 2012. We did not remove any code - only a couple of flags in the .vsix manifest - so it should still work.
Sitecore Rocks officially only supports Sitecore CMS 8.x and later. Unofficially CMS 5.x, 6.x and 7.x still work. Maintaining backwards compatibility is difficult and in some cases (we are looking at you, Lucene), we had to jump through too many hoops to make things work. In practice, don't worry too much about this. Things still work the way they used to - with the exception of a couple of features.
Having Sitecore Rocks on GitHub, allows us to have a well-known process for reporting bugs and having discussions.