Microsoft today announced the release of the Node.js Tools for Visual Studio 1.0 Beta 2. This is a free Visual Studio add-on that enables a rich experience for working with Node.js apps, giving developers the power of the Visual Studio code editor including support for IntelliSense, the Visual Studio debugger, and for running Node.js apps on Microsoft Azure Web Sites or Cloud Services.
New features in this release:
- Improved NPM UI. We updated the NPM management UI so it is easier to use. We’ve also added integrated support for invoking NPM inside of the REPL window with a new .npm command.
- New analysis and IntelliSense engine. We created a new IntelliSense engine which is capable of analyzing much larger code bases. Once processed the results of the analysis are cached and reused in subsequent sessions which leads to much better performance compared to our previous release. The new engine is also configurable so you can change how aggressively it works or completely turn it off using the Tools option menu (Tools > Options > Text Editor > Node.js >IntelliSense).
- Custom unit tests. You can now add support for your own unit test frameworks by writing a single Node module that will find and run the tests.
Read more about it here.