My name's Alex Malek, I'm a Lead PM on the SharePoint Designer team. During my day job, I focus on the workflow experience in SharePoint and SPD. However, for the last year or so, I've been working on a little side project called the "Visual Studio extensions for Windows SharePoint Services" (VSeWSS). Simply put, VSeWSS is all about making developers more productive on SharePoint. This last week, we released our first version, which you can download here: link. As with many v1’s, this release doesn’t do everything, but it’s a first step on the road to having great dev tools for SharePoint.
The VSeWSS installer consists of two pieces: 1) an add-in to Visual Studio that adds some SharePoint-specific project templates (e.g. Web Part, Site Definition, Content Type, etc.) and 2) a little utility program, called the SharePoint Solution Generator, which enables you to take site "instances," customized in SPD and the browser, and convert them into site definitions, which you can then continue editing in VS.
In short, our goal with VSeWSS was to "make F5 work" for the most common SharePoint objects, such Web Parts. Fortunately, we got a bit farther than that - over the next few weeks, I'll blog a little about how to use VSeWSS for some of more advanced scenarios it support, e.g. creating content types with event handlers.
SDKs and development tools SharePoint Server 2007 SDK: Software Development Kit Revised and updated August
Development and staging do not require that the server software be licensed.
Don't you have an MSDN subscription? If not, I suggest that you get one. They are a pretty good deal for the price.
Can someone give us an update on the extensiosns for VS2008. Hey MSFT -- fund this development and get it out the door, the lack of the extensions is slowing down the adpotion of VS2008 and Office 12 -- I'm not going to switch my dev environments back and forth to get the best of both worlds.
The features of VSeWSS should have been rolled into VS2008 in the firstplace or in a planned SP -- Hand jamming features for content types and lists is about the most tedious and activity on the planet - 'tis a shame that I have to install TWO dev environments on me dev box to be able to do it.
I just want to add the microsoft.sharepoint.dll on windows xp machine (non sharepoint server)
Just want to agree that you all must be crazy to still be developing on XP. It's not even got IIS6!!!! It's a shocking environment for development..I've been using 2003 server as a dev desktop for four years and would never go back to XP for dev.
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