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CKS - Development Tools Edition (Server)

Posted By:Maverick       Posted Date: July 08, 2011    Points: 25    Category: General    URL: http://www.dotnetspark.com  


The Community Kit for SharePoint: Development Tools Edition extends the Visual Studio 2010 SharePoint project system with advanced templates and tools. Using these extensions you will be able to find relevant information from your SharePoint environments without leaving Visual Studio. You will have greater productivity while developing SharePoint components and you will have greater deployment capabilities on your local SharePoint installation.


This version is targeted for users running SharePoint Server 2010, for the foundation version go here. Installing this version will automatically include the foundation version.



This project provides extensions to four core areas; Environment, Exploration, Content and Deployment.


Enhancements to the Visual Studio environment include the new SharePoint References tab available on the Add Reference dialog, allowing you to easily reference any SharePoint assembly without searching the file system or GAC for it.


Exploration extends the new SharePoint Explorer with advanced information about SharePoint sites such as the installed Web Parts and Master Pages or the Feature dependencies and elements. Also included in the Explorer are a variety of import functions to bring existing SharePoint items into your active solution.


The Content area includes advanced templates such as Linq to SharePoint, Custom Action or Delegate Control. Become extra productive while developing sandboxed solutions using the SharePoint Full Trust Proxy. Utilise the SharePoint Console Application project template to quickly build SharePoint code.


Our enhanced Deployment functions give you the ability to utilise quick deployment and almost a dozen other productivity enhancing deployment steps, including automated deployment (per file on change deployment).


Find the complete overview of all the CKS Development Tools Edition features on the documentation tab of the project site. The CKS Development Tools Edition works with Microsoft's Visual Studio 2010 SharePoint Power Tools.


What's new in this release

The current 2.0 release includes the following features:

  • WSPBuilder conversion tool (WCT) - This release of the WSPBuilder project importer project template allows a developer to migrate a SharePoint root based project structure to the new SharePoint Tool SPIs based file layout. The WCT is packaged with both Foundation and Server editions of CKSDev. This version incorporates even more translations from 12 root to SharePoint SPI.
  • Keyboard shortcuts - Shorter Keyboard shortcuts for the menu items provided by the extension. New key strokes based on community feedback, keyboard shortcut chords to Alt+C for copy operations or Alt+R for recycle operations or Alt+A for attach to processes
  • Contextual web part SPI - New web part SPI which adds a contextual ribbon button to the web part template.
  • Central administration page SPI - New central administration page SPI.
  • Options for CKSDev - New options for Visual Studio to enable/disable the CKSDev extension elements.
  • Updated Branding SPI - Improvements to the Branding SPI including the css references and master page update.

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