Managing SharePoint 2007 Solutions programmatically isn’t a daily-matter: some of you might even participate on quite a few projects without even coming close to it. As I have worked with it recently a bit I would like to share my findings with you.
A while ago I've published the 22.214.171.124 version of Imtech Solution Setup - a small tool which allows you to add the selected solution to the Solution Store and deploy it to Web Application of your choice - and all that using a Windows GUI. Today, while using the tool for a release of a Solution of one of our products for a demo we gave for Microsoft, I’ve found out that the Solution Setup doesn’t work properly. In spite of updating the Solution package it still deployed the old version of it.
Provisioning Content Type’s fields is quite straight forward when using Solutions: using Element Manifests you can define your own Content Types and their properties among which fields. Unfortunately there is one serious con to the solution Microsoft has offered: you simply cannot provision any Lookup Field using the Element Manifest.
There has been a bug fixed posted. A new version (126.96.36.199) of Imtech Solution Setup is available.
Imtech Random Image Web Part displays randomly chosen Image. The Web Part takes as parameters URL of the Image Library containing images you would like to display. It is also possible to input multiple URL's separated by comma. Additional parameters you can set are: image width and height, in-line CSS style (like border, etc.), image link (you can make image point to the library where all the images are being shown) and the alternate text.