With the recent announcement of WSS/MOSS SP1 and AJAX support, I decided to relook at the Visual Studio 2008 integration again. Sure enough I was surprised to find that Jan Tielens has been working on making it easy once again to develop web parts using templates.
Smart Templates has been put up on CodePlex in order to create more SharePoint project types than are currently available. This includes only Web Parts at the current time.
The web part template allows you to do the following:
- Create web part code
- Generate the WSP
- Generate Setup project for deployment
Future plans include:
- Event Handler
- Smart Parts (User Controls Web Parts)
- Application Page Project
Read more here : Visual Studio 2008 and SharePoint 2007 Templates