Debug JavaScript in PHP or JSP Pages with Visual Studio 2008

Fresh from my IM, Kirk Allen Evans blog details how to debug javascript for any kind of page in Visual Studio 2008. This has already existed for awhile with the Firebug extension for debugging Javascript in Firefox. But it’s nice to have choices. And it’s cool if you’re developing within Visual Studio to have all your tools in one place.

You don’t have to shell out the big dollars for Visual Studio to get this debugging either, you can get it with the freebie version of Visual Studio Express.

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Google Gears for offline browsing

I’m a couple of days behind in the news here (darn vacation days!)… but Google Gears is out and promises to shake up website development as it uses browser extensions to offload data down to the client instead of making continued requests to the server.  Of course the catch is that you have to download something first.  But there’s already Ajax tools for it.

What do you all think about this?  Hype or hope?

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