Visual Studio Community - Where does it come up short?

I'm transitioning my development over the next two years. I'm moving aggressively toward Ember.js, Sublime Text, OS X... and leaving Microsoft behind. That being said, I'll continue to encounter a project or two per year that require a little .NET development. This year, for example:

I'm working on rejiggering the following Ember.js MVC API built in ASP.NET:
I'm also reworking a console app that imports "ugly" CSV files, massages the data a lot, and pushes the data into MSSQL.

Here's my question: Can I pull these projects off with Visual Studio Community? I'd love to quit resubscribing to my Microsoft Action Pack with VS Pro and simply use VS Community, but I suspect Microsoft has deliberately hobbled VS Community in a manner that will make it not viable for my projects.
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Fernando SotoRetiredCommented:
Hi jdana;

From Microsoft Website

Q: How does Visual Studio Community 2013 compare to other Visual Studio editions?

A: Visual Studio Community 2013 includes all the great functionality of Visual Studio Professional 2013, designed and optimized for individual developers, students, open source contributors, and small teams.
It should meet your needs.
käµfm³d 👽Commented:
As mentioned, it's equivalent to the Professional edition, but you need to follow the licensing. If your company consists of more than 5 developers, then you cannot use CE. I've been using CE for a while now, and it's done everything I've needed. The biggest boon IMO was the inclusion of extension support.

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jdanaAuthor Commented:
käµfm³d - This question illustrates how long it's been since I really leaned into .NET, but hey, there's no such thing as a stupid question, right? You state, The biggest boon IMO was the inclusion of extension support. Do the following links reference the extensions to which you refer?
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käµfm³d 👽Commented:
More or less, although, your second link is about creating extensions rather than using them.

As a personal example, when I would use Visual Studio at work, since the office provided me with Professional+ editions, I could install things like Power Tools. The functionality that that extension provides made various coding tasks much easier/faster. But when I would code at home, I only had the Express edition, and so I could not install Power Tools. Then CE came out. I can now enjoy the same features that I became accustomed to at work.
käµfm³d 👽Commented:

You can always open up the Extension Manager (Tools->Extensions and Updates) to see what all extensions are available to you. Just be mindful of the reviews associated with the extension. It's very easy for an extension creator to inadvertently bog down your Visual Studio because they didn't code the extension properly. The higher-rated extensions should see that kind of behavior less and less. Don't get me wrong--some extensions may have low reviews but still be worthwhile. For some you'll just have to keep an eye on them. Most of the ones I have used have been fine.
jdanaAuthor Commented:
Wow, I just wrapped up a console app and VS Community got the job done w/o a hitch.


Thanks for the heads up about the licensing requirements for VS Community. Also thank you for the insight on Extensions. Much appreciated.

käµfm³d 👽Commented:
NP. Glad to help   = )
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