I cannot believe the Visual Studio 2008 Extensions for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 v1.3 have finally been released. They have been in CTP since the days of the dinosaurs.Overview (from MSDN)
These are the SharePoint developer tools for Visual Studio 2008. These tools are suitable for use with Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 or Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. They include project and item templates for common SharePoint artifacts, build, packaging and deployment for SharePoint solutions, and the SharePoint Solution Generator, which creates a new Visual Studio 2008 project from a SharePoint site.
The tools provide item templates for List Definition, List Definition from Content Type, Content Type, Field Control, Web Part, Module, Root File, Template, Event Receiver, and List Instance. They provide project templates for Team Site Definition, Blank Site Definition, List Definition, Web Part, and Empty. They work with Visual Basic .NET and C# languages, and a comprehensive user guide is included. They do not include the SharePoint Workflow templates, as they are built in with Visual Studio 2008.New features in version 1.3 include:
•Can be installed on x64 Server OS machines running SharePoint x64. Previously, only x86 Server OS could be used.
•Separate build commands for package, deploy and retract are added as Visual Studio menu items.
•WSP View improvements for consistency of deleting feature elements, merging features, and adding event receivers to features.
•Command line build, package and retract commands are included, enabling continuous integration and build servers. Previously, command line build of SharePoint projects was very difficult.
•Refactoring support for renaming of Web Parts. Previously, renaming a web part required changes in several files in the project.
•Solution Generator can now generate solutions from publishing sites. Previously, only regular sites could be generated.
•Allowing partial trust BIN deployments of web parts.
•New project item template for SharePoint RootFiles items.
•Deployment will now optionally remove conflicting existing features on the development server prior to redeployment. Previously, any feature name conflicts would result in an error.
•Ancillary assemblies, such as for business logic, can now be added to the SharePoint Solution WSP.
•Hidden features related to Site Definition projects are now shown in WSP View. They are no longer hidden.
•For advanced users, a fast deploy is included to update only the compiled assembly on the SharePoint development installation.
•Deployment step logging is included.
•The List Definition from Content Type template now allows for the creation of a List Definition Event Receiver.
•The User Guide is now installed with the extensions instead of being a separate download.
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