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I've built hundreds of solutions and web parts using every tool out there (including rolling my own from scratch). WSP is the best tool IMHO for what I do. It's low friction to get started (get the Visual Studio add-in!) and lets you quickly get a web part/feature up and running instantly. Then you can work your solution and do a one-click deploy in ...


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WSPBuilder is the choice for me, gives you so much for free when developing and a great integration with Visual Studio. There are a lot of hidden gems in WSPBuilder, that you easily forget, such as great automatic CAS generation. Do read Tobias Zimmergrens post on how to get started with it: ...


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One thing I would add is that if you a beginning, try not to jump straight in using these tools. Try to learn how to create a WSP by hand first. That will give you a far better grasp on how these tools are meant to work and how they help. It will also give you an understanding of what to look for if there is an issue with a WSP created by one of the ...


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The error you're seeing doesn't appear to be related to the SafeControls entry. If that was the case, you'd see a message saying "Unable to add selected web part(s). A Web Part or Web Form Control on this Page cannot be displayed or imported. The type is not registered as safe." In this case, I think it's other elements in web.config which you are missing - ...


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A comment from the WSPBuilder site. Nice work! Adding third party DLLs worked great when I deployed AJAX and the AJAX Control Toolkit. I created a feature to do all the web.config changes and used the GAC\Reference folder to include the Control Toolkit DLL. Worked great even with multiple servers in the farm. That was a life saver! So include the dll ...


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I use WSPBuilder (with the VS 2008 add-in) in combination with a custom project template I can develop a working web part and deploy this into my dev environment in about 2 minutes! For single solution packages with one-one relationship to assemblies (which is most small scale projects) this is fine. Just recently had some issues with a larger project with ...


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STSDEV is my option. I've build over 30 SharePoint custom solutions involving event handlers, wf, custom web parts, custom application pages and I'm very pleased with STSDEV. One reason is that everything is transparent, you can see the STSADM commands in output windiw and you can run them later on production server. And yes ..stay away from VSeWSS is the ...


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This blog entry addresses it exactly: http://blogs.microlinkllc.com/tresing/archive/2009/10/20/create-a-sharepoint-custom-action-feature-with-vsewss.aspx


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There's a component in WSeWSS called Solution Generator which may get you there with this. If I remember correctly you point it at an actual site (URL), and it tries to do the reverse engineering for you. Note that MS never claimed it offered "full fidelity", but it may help you get most of the bits to take further. Jeremy Thake's SPSource tool could also ...


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Bad luck on the WSPBuilder vs WSeWSS decision! I think the main thing to consider here is that feature deactivation does not fire automatically when solutions are retracted. So maybe what you need to ensure is that features are deactivated (manually or via a script) in the correct sequence before your WSPs get retracted. This should then provide you with ...


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First you have to add the assembly you want to deploy into the VS project. For example you can create a "libs" folder to store all external assemblies you'll need in your team site. Then you have to edit the manifest.xml file of your Team Site Definition. You can find this file within the "pkg" folder within your project. Be aware that the pkg folder will ...


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I used WSPBuilder since the early releases where it was just a console app. For a period i used STSDEV, but after seeing what Keutmann has done with VS integration and all, im growing really fond of WSPBuilder again. Sure it has its quirks (like adding all worker processes when debugging, re-building up to date solutions before building WSP file, OOTB ...



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