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The new Visual Studio 2008 extensions for Windows SharePoint Services (VSeWSS), released as version 1.3, are templates for creating, debugging, packaging and deploying SharePoint projects. This release includes templates for Web Parts, Data Lists, Content Types, Event Receivers and Modules, among others.
VSeWSS is an add-on to Visual Studio that makes it easier to code-up solutions for SharePoint.
It is an interim release, according to the SharePoint team blog in a posting Announcing: Community Technology Preview of Visual Studio 2008 extensions for SharePoint v1.3.
The Community Technology Preview (CTP) release is available on Microsoft Connect where you can also report any feedback.
Among the many new features, the new release provides:
For more information, see the SharePoint team blog.