has added jQuery IntelliSense support within Visual Studio 2008
and its free Visual Web Developer 2008 Express tool.
In a blog
post Nov. 21, Scott Guthrie, a corporate vice president in the Microsoft Developer
said, "Over the last few weeks we've been working with the
jQuery team to add great jQuery IntelliSense support" to the two Microsoft
September, Guthrie announced Microsoft's intent to support the open-source
"jQuery is a lightweight open-source
has become one of the most popular libraries on the Web," Guthrie wrote in
a Sept. 28 post.
Guthrie said in the same post:
I'm excited today to announce that
Microsoft will be shipping jQuery with Visual Studio going forward. We
changing the source from the main jQuery branch. The files will continue
to use and ship under the existing jQuery MIT license.
IntelliSense is Microsoft's implementation of auto-completion, best known
for its use in the Microsoft Visual Studio IDE
(integrated development environment). In addition to completing the symbol
names the programmer is typing, IntelliSense serves as documentation and
disambiguation for variable names, functions and methods using reflection.
The jQuery IntelliSense annotation support will be available as a free Web download.
Guthrie said a big part of the appeal of jQuery is that it allows you to
elegantly and efficiently find and manipulate HTML elements with minimum lines
"jQuery is a fantastic library, and something we think can really
benefit ASP.NET and ASP.NET
AJAX developers," Guthrie said. "We are looking forward to having it
work great with Visual Studio and ASP.NET,
and to help bring it to an even larger set of developers."
Microsoft initially pledged to support jQuery,
John Resig, the creator of
jQuery, said, "Microsoft is looking to make jQuery part of their official
AJAX Framework, and they're looking to expand it with the use of jQuery. This
means that jQuery will be distributed with Visual Studio (which will include
jQuery IntelliSense, snippets, examples and documentation)."