Visual Studio 2010 SharePoint Developer Tools simplify working with SharePoint 2010 projects. By introducing SharePoint Project Items (SPIs) the tools hide the internals of creating SharePoint packages and allow you to focus on the real work. However, when you start moving SPIs around, things might get complicated and break. Find out how to prevent yourself from spending hours on fixing stuff using the standard functionality of the new developer tools.
SharePoint 2010 contains Developer Dashboard which can be invaluable in optimizing custom solutions for performance. By default the Developer Dashboard is visible only to authenticated users, but sometimes you might want to show it to anonymous users as well. Sounds insane? Find out why you would want it and how to do it.
In MOSS 2007 solutions one of the fixes to get cleaner and more accessible HTML markup was to remove Web Part tables using Control Adapters. Because SharePoint 2010 allows us to insert Web Parts in content there is more to this challenge. Find out what has changed and how to deal with it in SharePoint 2010.
Working with custom CAS policies is not trivial. Many developers find it challenging to figure out what permissions their code should have, so instead deploying safely to Web Application (BIN) they choose to deploy their assemblies to the Global Assembly Cache (GAC) granting their code full trust. There is however one trick that makes it very easy to find out what permissions you should grant to your code. Find out how to craft your custom CAS policies the easy way.
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.