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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Microsoft has released the User Guide, Samples and Walkthroughs for the Visual Studio 2005 extensions for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, v1.1

Microsoft has released the User Guide, Samples and Walkthroughs for the Visual Studio 2005 extensions for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, v1.1. The extensions that this user guide relates to was released on Feb 11th 2008 and a version for Visual Studio 2008 is planned to release in June 2008.

The user guide is downloadable here and represents approx 200 pages of documentation applicable to both the current and applicable to the forthcoming Visual Studio 2008 extensions for Windows SharePoint Services.

This user guide is a part of a dedicated campaign that lots of people are working on to drive more professional developers to work on SharePoint, to fill the gap in this audience required for SharePoint deployments and to improve the satisfaction of those developers. These are some of the other activities going on presently, many of which are launching at TechEd Developers 2008:

· New Introductory SharePoint Developer landing page for .NET Developers with free introductory online training
· Print Datasheet of Positioning and Value Prop of SharePoint Development for .NET Developers
· Advertising of the new SharePoint Developer landing page on www.asp.net and at TechEd Developers USA
· Web casting and an in-person Firestarter event for the new training material
· A major new introductory SharePoint developer article in the MSDN Library aimed at .NET developers
· More improvements coming on the Visual Studio extensions for SharePoint for SharePoint “12”. The next is a release that works with Visual Studio 2008 coming in June 2008
· The Silverlight Blueprint for SharePoint published in Feb 2008
· Third party paid additions to the WSS and MOSS SDK in collaboration with Office UA – 100 new API SDK pages completed so far
· Dedicated support for the SharePoint Developer and Programming MSDN Forum which has increased the answer rate from 17% to 58%
· Translation of the VSeWSS user guide to Japanese
· SPDisposeCheck – A tool to aid SharePoint Developers in following best practices for use and disposing of SharePoint objects

Hope MS will keep up the good work of promoting SharePoint and making the lives of hundreds of thousands of developers easy.

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