Visual Studio 2008 Extensions for SharePoint (VSeWSS 1.3)

This one is the biggest pet peeve about SharePoint development for me right now.

Microsoft SharePoint product team is blowing all bells and whistles, announcing SharePoint 2010, and how important it is to switch to 64-bit environment, while poor SharePoint 2007 left in the dust and crippled with the only development extension working on 64-bit, which is still in CTP phase Visual Studio Extensions 1.3 (March 2009 CTP).

VSeWSS 1.3 was promised almost half a year ago to become a final release in the spring of 2009, and later on in one of the dev blogs mentioned July 2009 release date, but up to this date there hasn’t been any final version announcement or releases yet.

Also, if you are looking for more information and code snippets, you may still find useful referring to the samples that come with Visual Studio Extensions 1.1 for Visual Studio 2005 User Guide, which have been removed from 1.3 release.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed for the new release to come soon, while blaming it all for the recession…

3 thoughts on “Visual Studio 2008 Extensions for SharePoint (VSeWSS 1.3)”

  1. I find them both offering quite similar functionality. I personally enjoyed working with VSeWSS a bit more. The main difference though would be that VSeWSS is a product by Microsoft, while WSPBuilder is an open-source product. Generally you would expect a better support and integration provided by a professional organization. In addition, from consulting perspective if you look into larger deployments sometimes it is safer to stay with the official product, again mostly for the same support and maintainability reasons.

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