If you were hoping for some new widgets to make repetitive development tasks simpler in Sharepoint, the new 3.0 version did not disappoint. With the new Visual Studio 2005 Extensions things like creating list and site definitions no longer have to be done from scratch.
The brand new 3.0 version of Windows Sharepoint Services (WSS) is no lightweight release. In fact, if you’ve had a chance to look through the new WSS SDK it’s not unlikely you were a little overwhelmed with all of the new functionality in the product. And most of that new functionality comes in the form of the awkwardly acronymed VSeWSS (Visual Studio 2005 Extension for Windows Sharepoint Services 3.0).
VSeWSS is a set of extensions for WSS designed to improve the SharePoint development experience by facilitating the common tasks that all developers do. (A community preview is available now at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=19f21e5e-b715-4f0c-b959-8c6dcbdc1057&displaylang=en.) Whether you’re struggling to figure out just how to create a new web part, a list definition, or a site definition—or how to deploy them—VSeWSS has a solution. It is a one-stop shop for creating SharePoint solutions.
In this article I’ll walk you through some of the most useful features of the new extensions and hopefully take the edge off your overloaded imagination.