If you are involved in any way in developing custom WSS or MOSS solutions, then I have two things for you today. First, be sure you are working with the latest extension for WSS 3.0 in Visual Studio 2008. The latest version handles deployment of features and solutions for you – all you need to worry about is writing the Manifest file.
If you do not have the WSS Extensions for Visual Studio 2008 1.2, be sure to get that here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=7BF65B28-06E2-4E87-9BAD-086E32185E68&displaylang=en
Second, the group which developed the WSS extensions for Visual Studio 2008 is releasing “Patterns and Practices” guidance on CodePlex. The sample code demonstrates how to lay out your Visual Studio solutions in order to effectively use the extensions for their intended purpose – helping you create real SharePoint Composite Applications in days instead of weeks.
Here is the CodePlex site: http://www.codeplex.com/spg/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ReleaseId=17568
More on these patterns in later posts.
Brian Berry is a Director of Technology Consulting with BlumShapiro, focusing on Microsoft Business Intelligence solutions, with a strong focus on Systems Integration, Master Data Management and PerformancePoint Services. He has been helping companies optimize their investments in Microsoft technology for over 12 years.