WSS 3.0 Tools, now supports VS2008

Hi everybody, It’s nice to hear that Visual Studio 2008 now support the WSS3.0 Tools (VseWSS Version1.2).
If you are using vs2005, you should still use Vsersion1.1

The Downloads for VS extensions for WSS Tools
VS 2008:

VS 2005:

Version 1.2 of the Visual Studio 2008 Extensions for Windows SharePoint Services contains the following tools to aid developers in building SharePoint applications:

Visual Studio 2008 Project Templates
Web Part
Team Site Definition
Blank Site Definition
List Definition
Empty SharePoint Project

Visual Studio 2008 Item Templates (items that can be added into an existing project)
Web Part
Custom Field
List Definition (with optional Event Receiver)
Content Type (with optional Event Receiver
List Instance
List Event Handler

SharePoint Solution Generator
This stand-alone program generates a Site Definition project from an existing SharePoint site. The program enables developers to use the browser and Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer to customize the content of their sites before creating code by using Visual Studio.

Shantha Kumar
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  1. I had a question that I hope you can help me with. I am trying to set up a development environment for a preexisting sharepoint site. I have created a virtual machine with sharepoint services installed along with visual studio 2008 and sql server 2005 installed as well. I have also installed the sharepoint extensions for VS 2008. My question is this: How can I copy the sharepoint site from the existing server to my development environment? The reason I would like to do this is we want to develop the site in visual studio instead of the sharepoint designer. Any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated.


  2. The Backup and Restore option available in Central adminstration for copying SharePint site in one enviornment to other.
    You should use Sharepoint Designer 2007 for editing sharepoint pages. Sharepoint sites cannot be opened by Visual Studio.
    If you want develop complex workflows, Site definitions, Serverside aspx pages, webparts, Definitions, then you can use VS2005/VS2008.

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