Microsoft has updated its Node.js Tools for Visual Studio package, improving IntelliSense ease-of-coding capabilities and enhancing performance, debugging, and unit testing. The upgrade also supports the recently released Node.js 6.
"The new ES6 IntelliSense engine takes advantage of type definition files to provide better and more performant IntelliSense," said Sara Itani, Microsoft software engineer for Node.js tools. This capability works with most popular Node frameworks, such as Commander, Express, jQuery, and Knockout. Also, when a new NPM is included, associated typing will be downloaded to the project.
Version 1.2 also improves stability and performance, reducing out-of-memory crashes and offering better project load times. Microsoft has bolstered debugging and mended user-reported issues like breakpoint problems and inconsistencies. The update also improves unit testing with support for the tape test harness.