Getting open document by name – Extending Visual Studio SharePoint development tools tip #7

One of the many great things that the Visual Studio SharePoint development tools allow you to do is to help you automate and simplify working with SharePoint content without leaving Visual Studio. Knowing how to retrieve a document opened in Visual Studio using its name, is one of the basic things you need to know to make your extension really powerful.

Showing messages to the user – Extending Visual Studio SharePoint development tools tip #6

While extending the new Visual Studio SharePoint development tools, you can create extensions that do various things: from retrieving content of a SharePoint Site and its properties to manipulating it and exporting into SharePoint Project Items (SPI). As some of these operations might take a while to run, it is considered a good practice to let the user know what the extension is doing at the moment.

Imtech List EventReceivers Extension

Imtech List EventReceivers Extension is an extension for the new Visual Studio SharePoint development tools that allows you to explore the Event Receivers attached to a specific List.

You installed a Visual Studio extension and it doesn’t work…

Visual Studio 2010 ships with a great extensibility functionality allowing you to write and deploy new extension in a very easy way. However, if you’re a SharePoint developer there is one thing to keep in mind while installing new extensions.

Imtech Style Library Extension

The Imtech Style Library Extension has been inspired by the Imtech Master Pages and Page Layouts Extension. The edit functionality that it provides has been something that I have used a lot while working with developing SharePoint solutions on SharePoint 2007. For the last few years I’ve been working almost exclusively on Web Content Management (WCM) solutions. One thing that I’ve been editing perhaps even more than Page Layouts and Master Pages were the XSLT files used by the Content Query Web Part (CQWP). Looking at the enhancements of the CQWP in SharePoint 2010 I will be very likely using it heavily as well. To make working with these XSLT files easier, I decided to create an extension for the Visual Studio SharePoint development tools that would allow to view and edit the contents of the XSL files used by the CQWP.