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Intellisense for jQuery

JavaScript has gone from hottie to dinosaur to hottie again. The revival of latter days is mostly due to the Ajax technique, but another important factor is the emergence of competent, lightweight framework libraries. One of the most popular is jQuery and even my brilliant colleagues seems to think well of it, so if you’ve lived in a cave for a few years it’s time to face the sunshine.

For some strange reason even Microsoft has embraced jQuery and will include it in future versions of ASP.NET. Recently they released files that enables intellisense in VS2008. SP1 for VS2008 is required, but it also works in the the express version.

In addition you also need to have jQuery (doh) and a special file, and finally a patch for VS2008 to recognize it all.

When all this is done, simply reference the jQuery file and enjoy a few extra nanoseconds of productivity.

I was pleasantly surprised by this unexpected move by Microsoft, but I guess they have realized that people prefer jQuery instead of the bulky ASP.NET AJAX framework.


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