Monday, August 09, 2010

Dear Microsoft: Embrace JavaScript Already

It’s 2010:JavaScript is 14 years old, and you’ve officially supported “JScript” for the past 13 years.  Yet today, I have to open my JavaScript file in the FREE, OPENSOURCE, NotePad++ to find a missing closing } deep in my JavaScript file, because your latest premium Visual Studio IDE still can’t properly parse the language.

I appreciate the efforts you’ve gone to with improved intellisense in VS2010, but that is far from enough.  Why do we still need macros or plugins for elementary functionality such as function outlining, a document hierarchy tree, bracket matching and other validation?

As long as there is an internet driven by HTML, there will be JavaScript right beside it.  Embrace it already.

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  • Thanks for the feedback. I'm new to Microsoft and only started using VS recently. I can say that I do feel your pain, especially coming from other editors and IDEs that have better support for client-side languages.

    The thing I can happily say is that in my conversations with the VS team, they're definitely listening and working to add features that will offer better support for JavaScript, CSS & HTML. Consider that MS have recently made a big commitment to supporting jQuery so there's tremendous incentive to make sure the tools we offer can work with the technologies we support.

    Thanks again for the feedback and feel free to contact me anytime.

    By Anonymous Rey Bango, at Monday, August 09, 2010 11:29:00 AM  

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