Microsoft to ship jQuery with Visual Studio

David Worthington
September 30, 2008 —  (Page 1 of 2)
A popular open-source JavaScript library will ship with Microsoft Visual Studio going forward. Microsoft will contribute to the project and will build new features into the .NET Framework that leverage it.

Yesterday, Scott Guthrie, corporate vice president of Microsoft's .NET Developer Division, wrote on his blog that the company would begin to bundle the jQuery JavaScript library with Visual Studio, unaltered and under its existing MIT open-source license.

jQuery allows JavaScript developers to add AJAX to their projects, handle events, perform animations and traverse HTML documents.

Microsoft will also begin shipping annotated versions of the library that have Visual Studio IntelliSense code completion and help-text integration at design time, within the coming weeks, he wrote. The libraries will work with Visual Studio 2008 Express SP1 and Visual Web Developer 2008 Express SP1, as well as being included with the ASP.NET MVC (Model View Controller) framework. MVC will add the library to new projects by default, according to Guthrie.

Microsoft Product Support Services will begin to support jQuery later this year, he noted.

“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 supports this via a nice 'selector' API that allows developers to query for HTML elements, and then apply 'commands' to them,” Guthrie wrote. Other features that he thought were compelling are jQuery’s native animation APIs, which can be used as commands, and the ability of jQuery commands to be “chained” together, “so that the result of one command can feed into another.”

Those and other characteristics, such as jQuery’s ability to find and manipulate HTML elements with few lines of code, prompted Microsoft’s ASP.NET team to explore its use for scenarios the company had included on its ASP.NET AJAX road map, Guthrie wrote. The company decided to use the library in lieu of duplicating its functionality, because jQuery already supported the scenarios Microsoft was investigating, and it has a “huge” ecosystem and community built around it, he explained. He added that it also works well on the same page with ASP.NET AJAX.

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