Microsoft Introduces Node.js Tools for Visual Studio

By CIOReview | Friday, March 27, 2015
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FREMONT, CA: In its bid to drive the development of scalable applications further ahead, Microsoft has announced the introduction of Node.js tools 1.0 for Visual studio (NVTS 1.0), reports Darryl K. Taft for eWeek.

Visual Studio is an integrated development environment (IDE) from Microsoft comprising a suite of component-based tools and technologies that help in building high-performance applications. With the latest move, it shakes hands with Node.js, which is an open source, cross-platform runtime environment for server-side and networking applications. 

Node.js applications are written using JavaScript and use the Google V8 JavaScript engine in code execution. It contains a built-in library which enables applications to act as a Web server without the need for software like Apache HTTP Server or IIS. can be run using within the Node.js runtime on OS X, Microsoft Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, and IBM i.

The latest release features enhanced editing and IntelliSense capabilities; it supports syntax highlighting, code-folding, find in files as well as code completions. It includes a Node.js interactive window which supports read-eval-print loop (REPL) – an environment that accepts one command at a time –and helps developers to try new ways to experiment with the code as well as explore new packages at a faster rate.

Npm –a package manager for JavaScript and the default for Node.js – integration is one more key addition that comes with the release of the NTVS Plug-in, which has been in development for quite some time now. It allows developers to manage npm dependencies and import them from the registry. Advance debugging and profiling, Azure Integration and unit testing are the other key features of the new release.

"Node.js is a platform for building fast, scalable applications using JavaScript. It's making its way just about everywhere—from servers, to Internet of Things devices, to desktop applications, to who knows what next? And now, with Node.js support in Visual Studio, it's easier than ever before to develop Node.js applications,” says Sara Itani, Microsoft Software Engineer, NTVS team.