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Getting DLLs OUT of your non-managed code SharePoint solutions in Visual Studio 2010


Ever notice, that no matter what you package in Visual Studio 2010, even if it is a no-code solution? See the output of a build from a CustomAction below.

—— Build started: Project: Test.SharePoint.Features.MyCustomAction, Configuration: Debug Any CPU ——
  Test.SharePoint.Features.MyCustomAction -> c:\DevProjects\Test.SharePoint.Features.MyCustomAction\Test.SharePoint.Features.MyCustomAction\bin\Debug\Test.SharePoint.Features.MyCustomAction.dll
  Successfully created package at: c:\DevProjects\Test.SharePoint.Features.MyCustomAction\Test.SharePoint.Features.MyCustomAction\bin\Debug\Test.SharePoint.Features.MyCustomAction.wsp
========== Build: 1 succeeded or up-to-date, 0 failed, 0 skipped ==========

There is a simple solution to this. Click on your project within the Solution Explorer in Visual Studio. And then below, or, wherever you have your Properties window, just change Include Assembly in Package to false. Then go ahead and re-package your solution. That was easy, eh?

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About Geoff Varosky
Geoff Varosky is a Senior Architect for BlueMetal Architects, 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 13 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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