Imtech SharePoint Developer (Free SharePoint Tools)

While working on numerous SharePoint projects I have noticed that there are particular settings I'm using and locations I visit quite often. Tired of the manual labor I have decided to wrap it all up in a SharePoint solution: Imtech SharePoint Developer.

Windows Live Writer Plugin: Imtech MSDN Reference plugin

If you are a .NET developer and blog about your challenges using Windows Live Writer this plugin is definitely for you.  What it does is it picks up the selected text and creates automatically a link to the right page at the on-line MSDN reference. The plugin works both with selected text but it allows you to type the object name in its dialog window as well.

Documenting the Imtech SharePoint Enhancement toolkit using Sandcastle

Last week I have started documenting the Imtech SharePoint Enhancement Toolkit. The toolkit consists of a module which increases the performance of Internet-facing web sites built upon SharePoint 2007 and a module which addresses accessibility and standards compliancy related issues - also in SharePoint 2007 based Internet-facing web sites.

Export List Definition - free StsAdm command

In one of my previous blogs I have mentioned that there is a serious problem if you want to develop SharePoint 2007 solutions using Visual Studio 2008: SharePoint Solution Generator (SSG) doesn't work on such an environment. Personally I use SSG quite a lot while working with custom lists: I can configure the list using the SharePoint GUI and then extract its definition and incorporate it in my Solution.

Exporting List Definitions in a development environment using Visual Studio 2008

Visual Studio 2005 extensions for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (VSeWSS) ship with a useful tool called SharePoint Solutions Generator. One of its features I use most often is creating a List Definition based on an existing list. Since the CAML schema of a list isn't really straight-forward - especially if the list uses complex settings and multiple custom views it's almost undoable to create such schema manually. Another possibility could be using List Templates instead of List Definitions. List Templates are unfortunately impossible/difficult to customize and should be used, in my opinion, in SharePoint configuration scenarios when there is no other choice. SharePoint Solution Generator comes very useful if you want to work with List Definitions but you don't want to type all the CAML yourself.