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VSIX for SharePoint 2013

Recently while configuring a new developer lab VM I searched http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/ for plug-ins to help speed up coding.   I found a few good ones and wanted to share links here in case you might find these helpful too.   Cheers!   shades_smile



  1. CKS – Dev for Visual Studio 2013  is a collection of Visual Studio templates, Server Explorer extensions and tools providing accelerated SharePoint 2010/2013 development based on Microsoft’s SharePoint 2010/2013 development tools.



  2. SPCop CE (Community Edition) Essential tool to ensure SharePoint code quality. SPCop analyses SharePoint code from .wsp and .app files and checks all contained code incl. XML, ASPX, JS, CSS for correctness, best practices, memory disposal etc. SPCop is the free component of SPCAF.



  3. SharePoint 2013 Ribbon API provides you to use Ribbon UI elements such as Button, DropDown, SplitButton, Gallery, Tab, Group and others for building your own Ribbon and/or modification standart one.


  4. Mavention SharePoint Assets Minifier for Visual Studio 2013  automates the process of minifying CSS and JavaScript files. Upon installation it introduces three custom tools that you can use for minifying CSS and JavaScript files.


  5. Office 365 API Tools – Preview  your app can access email, calendar, contacts, files, and profile information on behalf of the user. This extension will help register your app to consume Office 365 APIs, and will add the necessary NuGet libraries and sample code to get you up and running.


  6. SPRemoteAPIExplorer provides the ability to explore, discover and generate SharePoint 2013 remote API code in REST and CSOM(Javascript, .Net and Silverlight). Useful when developing SharePoint REST applications



    1. Ribbon Designer for SharePoint and Office 365 – true RAD tool for customizing the Server Ribbon UI of your SharePoint and Office 365 solutions. Specialized components allow you to quickly build custom ribbons and add a new ribbon to your existing projects without learning the Ribbon XML schema.

        Use the in-place visual designer to customize your SharePoint Ribbon components

      Best of SharePoint 2010 VSIX

      The more I learn about Visual Studio 2010 the more I like it. For SharePoint developers, it is great to finally have a mature toolset. To make that experience even better the community has created several VSIX extensions as a “quick start” to more easily jump into various project types. Below I outline links to the VSIX extensions I am aware of and run locally. If you have any questions or suggestions please leave a comment.  Cheers!   Smile




      CKS:DEV – Community Kit for SharePoint: Development Tools


      SharePoint Foundation 2010 version and SharePoint Server 2010 version

      WSPBuilder conversion tool (WCT) beta

      Improved Quick Deploy

      Keyboard shortcuts

      Updated Full Trust Proxy SPI

      Restart processes menus

      Attach to processes menus

      Solution level Package all

      Improved import Content Types

      Branding SPI

      Improved Fluent visual web part SPI

      Basic service application SPI

      WCF service SPI

      SharePoint PowerShell cmdlet SPI

      SharePoint PowerShell pipe binding SPI

      Improved copy assembly name menu

      SharePoint 2010 Extensibility Projects


      • Silverlight and SharePoint project template
      • SharePoint Ribbon project template
      • OBA Deployment project template

      Visual Studio 2010 SharePoint Power Tools


      • Sandboxed-compatible Visual Web Part
      • Sandboxed Compilation

      Silverlight SharePoint Web Parts


      • Silverlight Web Part
      • Silverlight Custom Web Part

      SharePoint 2010 Timer Job


      SharePoint 2010 Console Application


      LINQ to SharePoint DSL Extension for Visual Studio 2010


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