[dba-VS] node.js tools for VS

Gustav Brock gustav at cactus.dk
Sun Apr 5 02:46:10 CDT 2015

Hi Jim

Well - to quote the very first paragraph:

Node.js Tools 1.0 for Visual Studio (NTVS) is now available for download! NTVS is a free, open source extension for Visual Studio 2012 and Visual Studio 2013 that turns Visual Studio into a Node.js IDE. NTVS 1.0 supports the free Visual Studio Community and Visual Studio Express for Web editions, as well as Visual Studio Professional and higher.

So before spending money, I would see what VS Community Edition + NTVS could do for me.

Thanks for all the nice links.


Fra: dba-VS <dba-vs-bounces at databaseadvisors.com> på vegne af Jim Lawrence <accessd at shaw.ca>
Sendt: 4. april 2015 23:58
Til: Development in Visual Studio
Emne: Re: [dba-VS] node.js tools for VS

Hi Gustav:

About time...:-)

There is of course one of the best JS/NodeJS editors for $99.00 called Webstorm: http://www.jetbrains.com/webstorm
...and then the editor which is claimed to be the best JS/NodeJS, with a full debugger, in the business, Komodo at $245.00:

Then a full Cloud based JS/NodeJS editor and debugging environment, costing from $9.00 to $79.99  https://c9.io/web/site/pricing
Sublime text editor is definitely one of the best all around editors, at $70.00: http://www.sublimetext.com

PS How much does VS extra NodeJS feature cost?


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From: "Gustav Brock" <gustav at cactus.dk>
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Sent: Thursday, April 2, 2015 3:44:37 AM
Subject: [dba-VS] node.js tools for VS

Hi all

Note that VS now also seems to be prominent tool for node.js:


I must admit that I haven't paid much attention to node.js but I will now.

Anders Hejlsberg used it exclusively as the local server during his presentation. It was amazing what a few lines of code could do.


Fra: dba-VS <dba-vs-bounces at databaseadvisors.com> på vegne af Gustav Brock <gustav at cactus.dk>
Sendt: 31. marts 2015 19:51
Til: Development in Visual Studio
Emne: [dba-VS] TypeScript

Hi all

Today I attended a lecture by Anders Hejlsberg - you know, the man behind Turbo Pascal, Delphi, C#, and now TypeScript. A free event not to miss.

Code-wise it was a beginner's course, which felt a bit strange, but - as you can imagine - he quickly managed to give it a much broader perspective and, indeed, a good understanding of the background for "why TypeScript?".

Very inspiring, and should you be in doubt, this is hot. I should add, that if you today program in Javascript (I see all hands) you should at once turn to TypeScript. The well-known arguments - which he brightly demonstrated the value of - are classes, strong typing, and - because of the strong typing - IntelliSense. Even then it compiles to pure non-expanded Javascript. It is so clever:


It is open-source and expanding at high speed:


In addition to Visual Studio, a range of other editors are at hand. For much of the demo he used Sublime Text:


which has the special feature that it can show - in real time a split-pane window with TypeScript at left and the resulting Javascript at right. It is not free but worth considering at USD 70 if you plan to typescript a lot. It runs on all relevant platforms.


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