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Monday, March 30, 2009

Developing SharePoint Web Parts with VS 2010 CTP

Had some time this weekend to take a look at the VS 2010 CTP that comes bundled with WSS 3.0.

While VS 2010 it is still in CTP, the User Interface is very appealing and definitely catches the eye. Started by installing the defacto development tool - WSP Builder, hoping that it might work; as suspected it did not.

In spite of that, not all was lost, after investigating a bit more was able to make the WSP Templates work with VS 2010 CTP which made it just a bit easier. Did notice that the collapsing of regions did not work and a few times the VS 2010 encountered an error.

From that point on, it was a smooth experience. Was fortunate that VS 2010 CTP errored out a couple of times. In the end developing a simple Web Part was not as difficult; it was not as nice as
SharePoint Development with VS 2010 CTP that demos a Visual Interface for Web Part development. Was actually hoping that it had included even an alpha version of it, but was not able to find it.

In case you have not had the time to look at it, I do encourage you to do so. The download is available here:

VS 2010 CTP Site

To overcome the issue of the expiration date before starting for the first time the VPC Image, follow the steps in this great posting from Jeff Beehler's Blog: Dealing with the Team System 2010 CTP Expiration Date.

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