Microsoft has begun delivering some of the additional HTML5 tooling for Visual Studio programmers that company officials said would be coming some time this year.
The first of the Web Standards Updates for Visual Studio -- which the Softies are looking to update quarterly in order to keep up with changes from the W3C -- is available for download as of June 16.
Principal Program Manager Lead Scott Hanselman announced the availability his blog today. From Hanselman's post:
"Folks have been asking 'When will VS2010 support HTML5?' I've been saying, jokingly, that the answer is 'yesterday' as there's nothing keeping you from creating HTML5 in Visual Studio or ASP.NET today. However, there's no intellisense and there's lots of squiggly lines that make people uncomfortable. Combine all that with the fact that HTML5 is a moving target, and it's unclear. We've said before that the next version of Visual Studio will have better support HTML5, but what about today?"
On the download page, the update is listed as supporting Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack (SP) 1 and Visual Web Developer Express 2010 SP1.
Earlier this year, Andrew Brust, founder of Microsoft analysis and strategy provider Blue Badge Insights noted that "there absolutely needs to be good HTML5 tooling in Visual Studio."
Speaking of HTML5 and other developer tools Microsoft blogger David Cathue recently shared a comparative list of Silverlight 5 vs. HTML5 features (with the annoying Silverlight 5 download problem now fixed on the page). (I'm not linking directly to his post, as I cannot get it to load properly in Chrome or IE 9, as it ironically keeps prompting me to load a more recent version of Silverlight, but then won't let me. Here's a summary of his post on Microsoft-news.com.)