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SharePoint 2010 - Project Items inside Visual Studio

Posted By:Jean Paul       Posted Date: October 24, 2012    Points: 200    Category: SharePoint    URL: http://www.dotnetspark.com  

In this article we will explore the Project Items inside Visual Studio and had an overview of the various aspects of SharePoint development.In the upcoming articles we can jump into coding solutions for SharePoint 2010

In this article we can closely examine the SharePoint Project items and related topics. I believe that the previous article regarding installation of SharePoint Tools for Visual Studio 2010 is completed successfully.

We can see the following Project Items inside Visual Studio under the node SharePoint:

Each of the Project Item is described below:

Empty SharePoint Project

This is a template whose contents are common to all other templates.

It includes all the references needed for SharePoint development.

This template contains the Features and Package files needed for deployment.

Sequential and State Machine Workflow

Sequential Workflow refers to a series of business logic steps performed in sequence. State Machine Wofkflows are not performed in sequence, but carried out by actions and events. The workflow templates contain the items to create Sequential and State Machine Workflows. We can create site level or global workflows through these templates.

Site Definition

This project contains a site definition folder which includes the default aspx page for the site, site component file, site configuration file etc.

List Definition

This project template contains the List templates. It includes content type, list templates, event receivers etc.


The module template is used to include the manifest xml file and the notes about a project. It is not the Module concept in Visual Basic.

Visual Web Part

We can create Web Part using the designer inside Visual Studio. This project template contains supports Visual Web Parts.

Content Type

Content Types are information on data. For example a Task can be declared as a Content Type. Later Task can be used inside a List.

Apart from the custom properties, we need to explore the other topics related to SharePoint development using Visual Studio.

Sandboxed Solutions

A Sandboxed Solution is a new concept in SharePoint Foundation that allows the users to upload their own code solutions. The Sandboxed Solutions are viewable and validated by Administrators through the Solutions Gallery.

The Solutions Gallery can be accessed from Site Actions > Site Settings > Solutions.

We can view the resource usage of solutions and manage the quota from the Solutions Gallery.




In this article we have explored the Project Items inside Visual Studio and had an overview of the various aspects of SharePoint development. In the upcoming articles we can jump into coding solutions for SharePoint 2010.

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