Scott Guthrie and his team at Microsoft has released a new product code named WPF/E. It looks like a flash replacement for Internet Explorer browser with some additional features. First of all, it only works with Internet Explorer, I think if they don’t give support to other platforms and other browsers, although WPF/E seems really great, it might not be popular as flash.
We want some standards to look our applications look the same on every platform. I have never programmed flash scripts before and I am sure that Microsoft will provide that easy to developers. However if it is only for IE, I don’t think many of the developers will use it.
I don’t understand that new approach as well. The products like Virtual Earth or Photosynth and this only works for Internet Explorer because they use Activex. I don’t know if they will support other platforms but since it’s developed on ActiveX I don’t think they will give any support.
Installation of Microsoft Sharepoint Services or Microsoft Sharepoint Portal Server requires a Windows Server computer. However it is possible to develop in Windows XP’s. For deployment you definitely need windows server. Since Sharepoint 2003 is based on asp.net 1.1 you can’t use Visual Studio 2005 for developing, you need to have Visual Studio .Net 2003.
One of the sharepoint extensibility features are web parts. You can develop your web parts, connect them and install them to portal server. For developing web parts Microsoft provides Web Part Templates for Visual Studio .NET. However this template is not enough itself, you need to have Microsoft.sharepoint.DLL file in order to develop web parts. Don’t try to find the file on Sharepoint SDK 1, because there is no DLLs included. Although the file size is more than 60MB, the SDK only includes the documentation and nothing more. You can find Microsoft.sharepoint.DLL in Microsoft Sharepoint installed Windows Servers’ Assembly Cache.
Just copy the file from the assembly cache to a location that you remember later, and install web part templates for Visual Studio .Net. During the installation it will ask for Microsoft.sharepoint.DLL file, you just need to reference it. Whenever it completes your system will be ready to develop Web Parts for Sharepoint 2003.
Link to Download details: SharePoint Products and Technologies Templates: Web Part Templates for Visual Studio .NET
It has been quite a long time since I haven’t written. I have been busy with my course at the university and a new project. This term is almost finished, I have selected “High Performance Computing” as a stream for the second term. More study is waiting for me for the next term.
My new project’s codename is “Virtuality Project”. I won’t give any information , because it’s only a concept right now. Whenever it is becoming more product you will know it.