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JavaScript IntelliSense: Visual Studio 2008 Learning Guide

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Visual Studio 2008 and JavaScript IntelliSense

This section of the Visual Studio 2008 Learning Guide examines JavaScript IntelliSense. Microsoft has introduced this with VS 2008 as a means of making life easier for ASP.NET AJAX developers who are not used to coding in JavaScript. As this is the first iteration of JS IntelliSense, though, it is not without fault.

One benefit of IntelliSense is that it helps programmers write cleaner code, which makes the processes of testing, debugging and performing quality assurance progress faster. Additional tips on application testing in Visual Studio 2008 can be found in the next section of our Learning Guide.

A (short) overview of JavaScript IntelliSense in Visual Studio 2008 (Sameer Chabungbam)
Here the product manager of Microsoft's JScript team offers a quick look at the main JavaScript IntelliSense features available in VS 2008.

A (longer) overview of JavaScript IntelliSense in Visual Studio 2008 (Scott Guthrie)
This article provides a nice walkthrough of what JavaScript IntelliSense covers, such as type inference and external JS libraries and files, and how to leverage its use when developing for ASP.NET AJAX. Guthrie points out at the end of the post that, thanks to multi-targeting, Web developers can use this flavor of IntelliSense for ASP.NET 2.0 applications.

JavaScript IntelliSense, documentation and Visual Studio 2008 (Michael Herndon)
This blogger discovered a few gotchas with JavaScript IntelliSense and with documentation. He wonders if it is because VS IntelliSense is focused almost entirely on ASP.NET AJAX development as opposed to other Ajax frameworks.

Cool hacking techniques for Visual Studio 2008 JavaScript IntelliSense (Michael Herndon)
This developer is creating a JavaScript-based workflow for VS 2008, and, to get out of writing verbose JS, he is also creating some skeleton VS files for IntelliSense purposes. Examples, of course, are provided.

 


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This was first published in November 2007

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