Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Visual Studio Addin and Templates for WSPBuilder

WSPBuilder Extensions ver. 1.0.0 (RC)

Now the first version of WSPBuilder Extensions is ready. It has been a long road up the hill and a lot of hours spend at home after my day work to get this first version done.

I want to specially thank Tom Clarkson for doing the Visual Studio Templates, he has done an awesome work on creating the templates and I would never have been able to finish it without him.

It has also been great that the community contributes to the WSPBuilder project with error reports and suggestions for new features.

The WSPBuilder Extensions ver. 1.0.0 (RC) supports Visual Studio ver. 2005 and 2008 and comes in a nice MSI install package.

The WSPBuilder.exe contains a lot of functionality that I simply did not have time to implement into Visual Studio. Also WSPBuilder.exe does not read the Visual Studio project file but still relies on the project folder to build the WSP file. Therefore you may not see the file in Visual Studio because it’s excluded from the project file, but it still gets build into the WSP file.

After install start your Visual Studio, and create a new project.

Now create a new SharePoint Feature.

Finally build the project and deploy it.

Try it out and tell me what you think.

Take care.