Thanks to Paul Andrew, SharePoint Technical Product Manager at Microsoft, for the heads up on the March CTP of Visual Studio Extensions for Windows SharePoint Services (VSeWSS) 1.3. According to Paul: "we added some default permissions to the BIN deployed project templates. So you can now F5 debug the web part BIN deployed project as soon as it is created".
Installation was a snap, just be sure to uninstall any version of VSeWSS first. As always, be sure to read the release notes. Here is a snippet from said document: "VSeWSS 1.3 includes a web service that needs to run as a member of the local Administrators group. The web service is used by the Visual Studio extension to communicate with SharePoint and is restricted to local connections only. As a security precaution the installer does not add the account running the web service to the local Administrators group. You must do it".
What this means in plain English is that if you have Central Admin running under the administrator account on your dev machine, then you don't have to do anything. Just accept the defaults during the install. More details of the install process available on Kirk Evans' blog.
Note that this is not an official release version so it is not supported in a production environment. This is the last CTP before the new generation of SharePoint tools arrive with VS 2010. Read more about this on Soma Segar's blog.
Be sure to watch Kirk Evans' new series of screencasts on SharePoint development using the extensions:
* SharePoint Developer Series - Part I
* Consuming SharePoint Lists via Ajax
The Microsoft Connected Information Security Group (CIGS) has released an updated build of the CAT.NET tool.
There are some bug fixes and the ability to export results to Excel included in this release and users are advised to upgrade:
Note that this is the 32-bit version.
Here are two great sources of free training material, one from Microsoft and the other from SharePoint consulting company Point8020.
1) Develop on SharePoint - from Microsoft
This is a SharePoint Developer portal site with the navigation based around the main topics of interest to developers, such as: Web Parts, Data Lists, Event Handlers Workflow, Silverlight, Page Navigation, Page Branding, Web Services, Custom Content Types and User Management.
This site has a really cool interface. However, with the browser back navigation button disabled, the custom "Go Back" navigation button that appears at the top of each display panel needs to be highlighted a little better.
Each of the topic panels presents a comprehensive set of resources including, virtual labs, webcasts, white papers and more.
2) Free SharePoint Developer Training - from Point8020
Get 12 hours of free developer training webcasts from SharePoint Consultants, Point8020. I've watched just over an hour of this so far and am very impressed with the content and presentation. There are accompanying slide decks with each episode.
Module 1 - Developing Solutions on the SharePoint Platform
Module 2 - Web Parts
Module 3 - Page Navigation
Module 4 - Page Branding
Module 5 - Data Lists
Module 6 - Web Services
Module 7 - Event Handlers
Module 8 - Content Types and Site Columns
Module 9 - Workflow
Module 10 - User Management
Module 11 - Silverlight
Module 12 - Deployment