WSS 3.0 Tools, Visual Studio Extensions 1.1 is nice but still disappointing

Posted Tuesday, February 12, 2008 9:28 AM by CoreyRoth

At the ODC (where I should be this week), Microsoft announced version 1.1 of the Visual Studio 2005 extensions for Windows SharePoint Services.  This brings a lot of great new project templates and the ability to edit wsp files.  What is it lacking?  Well unfortunately Visaul Studio 2008 support.  I have already moved most of my SharePoint projects into Visual Studio 2008 and having no support for it is completely frustrating.  We're going to have to wait until June to see that support in version 2.0.

Another, thing that really disappoints me is that it still requires Windows Server and SharePoint to be installed just to install the extensions.  I use Virtual Machines to do development some, but I also do a lot of development from Windows XP and Vista and make use of Remote Debugging.  I understand the complexities of running things over the network, but can I at least install the project templates?  I am willing to deploy the files myself, it doesnt have to be automatic for me.

If you are still using Visual Studio 2005 on a Windows Server, then go ahead and install them because they will be pretty useful.  Here is the link.


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