The functionality can be used in three modes:
- A set of standalone tools that output standard .js files that you can then deploy to your web site. Command line parameters are used to control the behavior of the tools.
- A couple of IHttpHandler implementations that allow you to dynamically convert your code into standard .js files. This is the mode where you can benefit from implementing per-browser code in a conditional manner. AppSetting values in configuration are used to control the conversion behavior.
- As a script project in VS using an msbuild project along with an msbuild task that comes along with the project. MSBuild project properties are used to control the conversion behavior.
Are these additions compelling? There are issues with extending the language in this way, because now any of your tools that grok .js files, are going to be confused by the #directives.
Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:38 am