Improving Visual Studio 2010 for SharePoint 2010 development

If you have ever developed SharePoint packages (wsp) with Visual Studio 2010, for sure you have feld a less than ideal user experience, because Visual Studio is not so integrated as WSPBuilder was with SharePoint 2007.

You can get a few of the better features of WSPBuilder installing the following add-on for Visual Studio: CKS: Development Tools Edition.

In particular, the commands I find more useful are:

  • Copy to SharePoint Root
  • Copy to GAC/BIN
  • Recycle All SharePoint Application Pools
  • Restart IIS
  • Restart OWS Timer Process
  • Attach to All SharePoint Processes
  • Attach to IIS Worker Processes
  • Attach to OWS Timer Process

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