Visual Studio extensions for Windows SharePoint Services (aka VSeWSS) is out for CTP in a new version – 1.3.
The full list of new features is listed below. Tow annoying frequent developing activities, that now should be easy to do, are the ability to refactor Web Part names, and to include assemblies in the solution manifest.
Personally, I wouldn't use it in large scale projects because it is not flexible enough. Don't get me wrong, I DO think that these solution generators are important and help a lot, it's just that there are plenty of other solutions available on codeplex that I would prefer.
As specified in the official announcement, the new features in VSeWSS 1.3 are:
- 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.
- 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.
- WSP View improvements for consistency of deleting feature elements, merging features and adding event receivers to features.
- Solution Generator can now generate solutions from publishing sites. Previously only regular sites could be generated.
- Allowing partial trust BIN deployments of web parts. CAS configuration must still be provided by the developer.
- 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.
- The User Guide is now installed with the extensions instead of being a separate download.
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