Microsoft 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 Division, said, "Over the last few weeks we've been working with the jQuery team to add great jQuery IntelliSense support" to the two Microsoft tools.
Guthrie said in the same post:
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 of code.
"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."