Greetings all, Alex Malek here, PM for SharePoint Designer. I'm pleased to announce that today we released a CTP for version 1.1 of the "Visual Studio extensions for Windows SharePoint Services". You can download the CTP here: link. If you are not familiar with VSeWSS, this post should help. In a nutshell, VSeWSS is an add-on to Visual Studio that makes it easier to code-up solutions for SharePoint (e.g. Web Parts, List Definitions, Site Definitions, etc). With version 1.1 of VSeWSS, our main objective is to address the community feedback we got from the first release of VSeWSS, with a particular focus on giving developers "more control" :)
Note: This CTP is for evaluation only - it's not recommended for use in production systems.
What's New in VSeWSS 1.1?
The main new feature for 1.1 is what we call "Solution Package editing". In version 1 of VSeWSS, when you are building an application, the tool is implicitly creating a .WSP file behind the scenes for you, which you can think of as a SharePoint "installer" file. When you hit F5/Debug, VSeWSS automatically installs this WSP solution package, as the mechanism for deploying the project files to the local SharePoint box. While this design has some nice benefits (e.g. VSeWSS doesn't have to hard-code knowledge about where to install files on SharePoint), we heard loud and clear from SharePoint developers that they wanted more control over the WSP that was being automatically generated for them. That's where the new "WSP View" comes into the picture. Using WSP View, you can now see the files and structure of the WSP Solution Package. You can also edit the WSP, changing what "Elements" live in what "Features", as well as editing the (previously hidden) solution .xml files, e.g. Feature.xml. To bring up WSP View, go to the View menu and choose "Other Windows/WSP View".
New Item Templates
In addition to WSP View, we've also added a few new item templates to VSeWSS. The most interesting one is the "List Event Handler" item template, which allows you to build an event handler for an existing SharePoint list definition (e.g. Shared Documents). You can find the new item templates in the "SharePoint" node of the "Add Item" dialog.
We're aiming to release VSeWSS 1.1 by the end of the calendar year. That final release will also bring one new cool feature: VB support! For now, we'd love to hear what you think of the new v1.1 features, particularly WSP view. Feel free to communicate bugs via comments to this blog posting.
Thanks!Alex MalekPM Lead - SharePoint Designer
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Thanks a lot !!
Why oh why can I not install this on my developer machine?
I understand some features may not work, but that is fine! Just let me develop on my local workstation, please!
There is a issue with "SharePoint Solution Generator" when one runs it agains a SharePoint site, where the user is not (I guess) a site administrator. In this case, the following message is shown: "Unable to write to the export location.". This message is kind of irretating, since there is no issue with the location to write to, but more an issue to get to the site collection...
Hey Neil - definitely feel your pain about the lack of support for non-server OS's. We plan to look at that feature very seriously for our next release. In the meantime, our recommended workaround is to create a virtual machine with SharePoint and VSeWSS. thanks, Alex Malek
Harry, thanks for the Solution Generator bug. I'll pass that along to my testers. Thanks, alex
Very cool to see a new release of these tools for SharePoint developers using Visual Studio. Cool stuff
Body: Developers who are already building SharePoint solutions should check out the latest CTP. This
Es gibt gleich mehrere interessante Updates für dich Entwicklung mit SharePoint. 1. SDK-Updates Die SDK's für WSS und MOSS wurden erneut aktualisiert und stehen zum Download bereit. 2. Business Data Catalog Definition Editor Im neuen MOSS-
Excellent, thanks for your continued updates!
Siguiendo con la tradicional recopilación periódica de recursos sobre WSS 3.0 & MOSS, en esta ocasión
Ok although this is not something that you will use in production, this new release offers two very important
Being more a MOSS programmer than a administrator, the announcement ( Announcing the CTP for VSeWSS Version
Thanks for updating the tool, I'd like to know if now is possible to integrate the SharePoint projects into a TFS Team Build Type project...... any advices?
What do I need to create the .wsp without deploying? Could I do this using the compilation machine?