While awaiting the new Visual Studio 2010 product, and the big increase in developer support, the BEST way to create development projects is using Visual Studio extensions for SharePoint.

This gives you a swag of project templates, and easy debugging (just click F5) – and easy packaging and deployment – essentially a MUST-HAVE for any SharePoint coder – eg. webparts, event handlers, etc

There’s a new version been released as a “CTP” – basically a beta (or does that mean it pre-beta ?)

The Visual Studio extensions for SharePoint (VSeWSS) provide project templates for developers using Visual Studio 2008 to create, debug, package and deploy SharePoint projects including Web Parts, Data Lists, Content Types, Event Receivers, Templates, Modules and other SharePoint artifacts.

The v1.3 release is an incremental release of the VSeWSS including top feature requests. It is an interim release for SharePoint Developers on the roadmap until Visual Studio 2010 is released with significantly improved SharePoint development tools as outlined here.

And – has support for 64-bit, for those using SharePoint on Windows Server x64.

Will be great to check out some of the updates and new features – and was in need of support for x64 – and VS-2008.

Read the full “announcement” here (lots more info) : Microsoft SharePoint Team Blog

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