Setting up MOSS 2007 64-bit virtual development environment book by Keith Patton. You can download this book from http://blogs.msdn.com/scaravajal/archive/2008/04/27/creating-a-sharepoint-development-environment.aspx
This is really great tool for Custom Web Part development, i found this in codeplex http://smarttemplates.codeplex.com/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ReleaseId=10838
1. You don’t need to add the references for the web part development
2. When you build it will generate setup folder (with wsp file in it). Just copy this folder to the SharePoint server and install it as any software.
3. Your web part will deploy in the site as a feature, enable the feature and enjoy!!!!!
Now we can save a lot of time…
There are two classes that we can use for custom web part development, Microsoft.SharePoint.WebPartPages.WebPart and Microsoft.SharePoint.WebPartPages.WebPart. So when do we use these?
Microsoft.SharePoint.WebPartPages.WebPart derives from the ASP.NET WebPart class and includes multiple compatibility layers to simplify code migration. This means we should use Microsoft.SharePoint.WebPartPages.WebPart when we are migrating existing code from WSS 2.0. When we are developing new webparts you should use System.Web.UI.WebControls.WebParts.WebPart.
Here is the very useful document on SharePoint Development Guidelines :
User Interface customization is of the challenging part in MOSS projects, Mahdi developed a great tool for UI customization. have look at this tool http://www.devexpert.net/blog/pt/blog/SharePoint-2007-MOSS-Customization-Too.aspx
Microsoft’s new search engine bing (www.bing.com) available for preview. So, start bing it….
Have you tried this new computational knowledge engine?
Search on your date of birth or on your home city…. coooool