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Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Tools: Visual Studio 2005 Extensions, Version 1.1

The newest version of the Visual Studio Extensions for SharePoint was just released. It can be found at: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=3e1dcccd-1cca-433a-bb4d-97b96bf7ab63&displaylang=en.

If you are a custom developer of SharePoint you should familiarize yoursef with Visual Studio Extensions for SharePoint. They are a great tool to help build custom solutions for SharePoint (whether it be features, webparts, site definitions, etc.). While I do not 100% agree with some of the things it does (i.e.: deploy the dlls to the GAC), I do use this tool alot to help me figure out how to do certain things in SharePoint. My favorite part of this tool is the stand alone SharePoint Solution Generator. This tool takes a current SharePoint site and turns it into a custom Visual Studio Solution that can be modified and re-deployed to SharePoint.

The newest version (1.1) adds on these new features to the current feature set:

  1. Support for “Web Solution Package” editing
    • View and edit all solution content (no more hidden generated content)
    • Create new Features and rename existing ones
    • Reorder elements between Features
    • Check for conflicts with existing Features
    • Change Feature activation order
  2. Visual Basic support
  3. List Instance item template
  4. List Event Handler item template
  5. File System template (project file deployed to the SharePoint application file system)
  6. Bug fixes
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