The Visual Studio 2008 extensions for SharePoint are downloadable here. They have been available in English and today we added Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Japanese and Korean. We expect to add French, German, Italian and Spanish in the next few days.
You can review training material for SharePoint development using these tools at MSSharePointDeveloper.com and in the VSeWSS User Guide.
Here's a review from Scot Hillier of the VSeWSS 1.2. Scot provides us some ideas for improvement of these extensions, and in the comments Chris Johnson describes ways to extend the VSeWSS tools to address Scot's issues. While you're checking Chris' blog take a look at this article describing how to build simple ASP.NET pages as part of a SharePoint site with VSeWSS.
I spent last Friday setting up a virtual server as a SharePoint development environment...I'll be all SharePointy any day now.
All the information I've seen so far implies you'd be deploying directly from Visual Studio, so I'm curious to find out how to create redeployable packages among other things.
Is rhere Team Build support for SharePoint?
(I suspect though that's not a question with a simple answer). I think I need to spend the rest of this week working out a list of questions to take with me to Tech Ed.
The Visual Studio 2008 extensions for SharePoint are downloadable here . They have been available in
For deployment you will use a projectname.WSP file. This is created by Visual Studio 2008 extensions for SharePoint. But you will deploy it to your SharePoint staging and production environments using the STSADM.EXE tool which is part of the SharePoint install.
No, don't deploy to production directly from Visual Studio 2008.
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