Big title for a big user guide! :)  This is a great step forward for people starting out with SharePoint development, or for people looking at starting with the VS extensions for SharePoint.

Anyone looking to build things like Webparts, Site templates, List temlates, Event handlers etc... should be looking at the extensions.  You can be up and running building a web part with Visual Studio in 5 mins and that will include all the WSP packaging too!

Right now the extensions are only for VS 2005, however by the end of June we should have the updated version for you that allows for VS 2008.  Stay tuned.

"This is the User Guide, Samples and Walkthroughs for the tools for developing custom SharePoint applications with the Visual Studio 2005 extensions for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, version 1.1 (VSeWSS 1.1). The user guide has sections:

  • Starting out in SharePoint Development
  • Walkthrough of the VSeWSS User Interface including the WSP View
  • The Team Site Project
  • The Blank Site Project
  • The List Definition Project
  • The Web Part Project
  • The Workflow Projects
  • Project Item Templates
  • Best Practices with VSeWSS
  • Changes from 1.0 to 1.1"

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=A8A4E775-074D-4451-BE39-459921F79787&displaylang=en

Download the extensions here:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=3e1dcccd-1cca-433a-bb4d-97b96bf7ab63&displaylang=en