Tell Visual studio to use correct version

I found this little “gotcha” when using visual studio together with a node based project. In my case the latest version of angular, which has dependencies to run a specific node version, say 6.x. I have this installed and I can build the project from the terminal without problems. However when building from visual studio it fails with the following error.

The error:

SyntaxError: Unexpected token = 
at exports.runInThisContext (vm.js:53:16)
at Module._compile (module.js:373:25)

The problem:

The problem is that visual studio get shipped with it’s own copy of “web tools” that it will use as default and these tools quickly become outdated.

The solution:

To fix this, in Visual Studio select Menu -> Tools -> Projects and Solutions -> Web Package Management -> External Web Tools then make sure your order is:

  • local packages first;
  • global tools (PATH);
  • then VS bundled tools.
visual studio tools settings

Hope this will be of help to people experiencing similar issues

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