JScript IntelliSense: Working with Ext JS

Ext is great framework for adding rich AJAX interactivity to your web application.  Unfortunately, JScript IntelliSense currently has difficulties processing the script and it’s not uncommon to see this message: I just wanted to let everyone know that we’ve investigated and fixed the issue.  This fix will be available in the next service pack (no… Read more

JScript Debugging: Made easy with IE8

The feature I’m most excited about in Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 is ironically one you might not notice at all. Problem If you’re reading this, you probably know (and are still untangling the double-negative logic of) the “Disable script debugging” option in IE.  Say you just spent 10 hours debugging script.  It’s time for… Read more

Webcast: New Enhancements for Web Developers in VS 2008

To View On Demand Webcast : Visual Studio 2008 for Web Developers: CLICK HERE Wanted to update you on a upcoming web cast that I am doing in support of Visual Studio 2008 launch event… Title: New Enhancements for Web Developers in VS 2008 Date/Day: Tuesday, February 26th 2008 Time: 11am to 12:30pm Pacific Standard… Read more

JScript IntelliSense: Working with jQuery

We have good news for jQuery fans.  The hotfix we released today fixes a bug in IntelliSense where it would fail with jQuery.  Any page with jQuery should just work now.  While experimenting with this new-found functionality today, I found annotating the library with a few XML Doc Comments really made a big difference.  The… Read more

JScript IntelliSense: Handling Errors

I often get the question “Why isn’t IntelliSense working?”.  The most common cause is an error in one of the referenced scripts.  If there was an IntelliSense update error, the status bar will tell you. Given this situation, the Error List  will complement the status bar with one of two messages. Error Message 1: A… Read more

Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition available for download

I’m glad to announce that Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition has officially shipped, and is now available for immediate download.  Here is a quick summary of some of the great new capabilities in this release:  Tools to Design Web Pages  Use the new Split View pane which shows both the visual designer as well as the… Read more

JScript IntelliSense: A Reference for the “Reference” Tag

It should be no surprise that JScript Documentation Comments power much of what you see in JScript IntelliSense in VS2008.  Perhaps the most useful of these comments is the “reference” comment.  The “reference” comment allows you to “see” functions and objects outside of your current file in the completion list.  I’ve gotten quite a few… Read more

New VS2008 Feature: “Downgrade” HTML, CSS, and JScript Errors to Warnings

VS2005 introduced the ability to validate your markup and CSS for standards compliance alongside your code.  It’s a great feature, but it can be frustrating when you’re looking for that one critical compilation error underneath a pile of validation errors.  Well, we heard your feedback and added two new options in VS2008 (post-Beta 2): 1)… Read more

Better Javascript intellisense with Silverlight 1.0

If you are using Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2, and are building applications for Silverlight using Javascript, there is a cool project from Justin-Josef Angel, which I recommend checking out.  Using Justin’s library and Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2, one can get much richer Javascript intellisense experience for Silverlight.  Below is an example of the additional intellisense… Read more

New Web Development Features in Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2

You may have heard by now that Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 is available for public download.  I wanted to take a minute to highlight some of the new web developer features that we’ve added since Beta 1: Design view support for configuring AJAX Extenders If you are using the AJAX control toolkit for .NET 3.5, or have built your… Read more