Visual Studio 2010 Tools for SharePoint

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At TechEd EMEA in Barcelona, the Visual Studio 2010 tools for SharePoint were announced and demonstrated. What was showed was the following:

  • Server Explorer for SharePoint to view lists and other SharePoint artifacts directly inside of Visual Studio

  • Existing WSP file import into a new solution

  • Visual Web Part Designer (finally!!!) which loads a user control as a web part for SharePoint (this was an idea I had in mind for some time lately, but it seems that I wasn’t alone in that)

  • Event Receiver Wizard that creates source code with only the event receiver

  • ASPX workflow initiation form designer (and probably other workflow forms, too)

  • Packaging Explorer and the Packaging Editor to fine-tune the WSP layout and contents

You can learn more about these tools on Channel9 and the Visual Studio 2010 homepage or read the original announcement at SharePoint Team blog.

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