The use of _references.js is not a new feature. It exists for many years now, however, with this article I want to give you the current stand of the feature, as of 2018. I want to find out if the file still does what is supposed in Visual Studio 2015 and 2017.
I have checked both versions of Visual Studio and I can definitely say that _references.js still works like a charm.
Here are some important tips that you have to keep in mind while using this file in your projects:
Moreover, I have to mention that the _references.js file works also on .NET Core projects: