SharePoint 2010 Visual Studio 2010 Extensions

Wes Hackett, Matt Smith, Martin Hatch, and Glyn Clough have written some great SharePoint 2010 extensions for Visual Studio 2010. Currently in it’s alpha stage, it is already looking impressive. From the project page on Codeplex, it boasts the following features, including templates for custom actions, as well as custom action browsers (coming in the beta version).

Alpha Release includes:
Visual Studio 2010 includes new SharePoint tools to aid development against the SharePoint platform. SPVSX aims to provide further enhancements to these tools including:

  • New item templates
    • Custom Action (basic)
    • Hide Custom Action (basic)
    • Custom Action Group (basic)
    • Delegate Control (basic)
  • Deployment
    • Restart IIS
    • Recycle app pools
    • Copy to SharePoint root
    • Auto GAC
    • Auto copy to root
    • Attach to worker process
  • Server Explorer extensions
    • Web part gallery listing
    • Import Content Type into current project (stub – full feature to come in beta)
    • Display Custom Action Groups (stub – full feature to come in beta)
    • Display Custom Actions (stub – full feature to come in beta)
    • Display Hide Custom Actions (stub – full feature to come in beta)

Visit the project page below to download and install. They can also be found in the Visual Studio Gallery.

And, they have even given a sneak peak as to what is coming in the Beta version of the project:!41B731D6A8FE484A!380.entry

I am excited to see all of these great projects popping up for SharePoint 2010 and Visual Studio 2010 already, long before the RTM version hits later this year.

Great work guys, keep it up.



About Geoff Varosky
Geoff Varosky is a Senior Architect for Insight, based out of Watertown, MA. He has been architecting and developing web based applications his entire career, and has been working with SharePoint for the past 15 years. Geoff is an active member of the SharePoint community, Co-Founder and Co-Organizer of the Boston Area SharePoint Users Group, co-founder for the Boston Office 365 Users Group, co-organizer for SharePoint Saturday Boston and speaks regularly at SharePoint events and user groups.

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