To get started developing for SharePoint 2010, you have a number of options:

  1. You can download the IW VM and get started that way. You can see an earlier post on this: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/steve_fox/archive/2010/06/15/rtm-demo-vm-for-sharepoint-amp-office-2010.aspx.
  2. You can install everything on the metal.
  3. You can use the easy set-up script.

The easy set-up script is a new script that makes it easy to install and develop SharePoint 2010. It enables you to simply run a script that installs all of the prerequisite software for you.

The set-up script can be downloaded from here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=54dc2eef-e9ea-4c7b-9470-ec5cb58414de

You can also find some great intro and instructions on Paul and Chris’s blogs here:

- Paul’s blog-post: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/pstubbs/archive/2010/10/27/sharepoint-2010-easy-setup-script.aspx.

- Chris’s blog post: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/cjohnson/archive/2010/10/28/announcing-sharepoint-easy-setup-for-developers.aspx

It’s great to see this as another option to get you up and running faster on your SharePoint 2010 development efforts. For those of you who have toiled with Hyper-V and struggled with installation, this is a great alternative!

Happy coding.

Steve