Visual Studio 2010 SharePoint Developer Tools improve the development process on the SharePoint 2010 platform. By simplifying the packaging process they allow you to focus on the development rather than the packaging plumbing. Unfortunately, when working with larger solutions, it might get challenging for you to track which SharePoint Project Items are used where. Find out how to easier track the references to SharePoint Project Items with Mavention SPI References.
When extending standard functionality of SharePoint Project Item Types in Visual Studio 2010 SharePoint Developer Tools there are scenarios when you might want your extensions to be available on all types of SharePoint Project Items. Find out how to make your custom functionality available to all SharePoint Project Item Types.
Content Query Web Part (CQWP) allows you to easily create RSS feeds for your content. With SharePoint 2010 it became even easier as you can use slots to map your fields to RSS fields. There are however a few things you should keep in mind to get the most out of an RSS feed created using the CQWP. Find out how to create a proper RSS feed with the SharePoint 2010 Content Query Web Part.
SharePoint 2010 includes the Ribbon which makes it easier for users to work with the rich functionality of the SharePoint platform. The Ribbon in SharePoint 2010 also includes a rich extensibility framework which makes it possible for custom solutions to make their functionality available to users. Using the Ribbon extensibility framework you can add all kinds of controls to the Ribbon but is it also possible to extend the Quick Access Toolbar?
When building extensions for Visual Studio 2010 SharePoint Developer Tools, VSIX project by default does only the packaging. Your extension’s code has to be included in a separate assembly. Did you know however that all you need is a simple trick to build your extension using a single project?