Visual Studio 2010 SharePoint Power Tools

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Templates and extensions that provide a sandboxed Visual Web Part together with enhanced support for sandboxed compilation to help you develop SharePoint solutions even more productively.

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by D. Chatterjee | May 20 2013

by Sergio Parra | April 27 2013

Essential if you develop over SharePoint

by Admiralman | July 30 2012

I tried a basic Sandboxed Visual WebPart and couldn't get this to work. I was able to see the solution deployed and activated as well as the feature in the site collection features section but could not see the webpart in the WP gallery. I have verified my permissions as the SC Admin. Any help would be appreciated. If this worked it would be really cool but I can't give it above two stars.

by RavichandranK | July 23 2012

Essential tool for SharePoint 2010 Development

by -Tomi- | July 13 2012

Visual Studio 2012 supports sandboxed visual web parts out-of-the-box so you don't need to install this tool for it. Please see this article for features in VS2012 RC:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee290856(v=vs.110).aspx

by M Manaf | July 11 2012

Hi ,
Does any one know where i can download this tool to work with Visual Studio 2012 .

I tried to install this one , it gives message that i have to install 2010 first ?!!!!

any solution :( ?

by rajeshmoss | April 02 2012

by Andy Burns | March 13 2012

Fantastic, especially the Intellisense. Essential for Sandbox development

by Alexandru Dionisie | March 10 2012

by Thomas Balkeståhl | February 29 2012

Great tool!

by Starter Sharepoint | October 18 2011

Sweet tool. But it's not worked !
It's just limit 8192 chars
How to fix it?

by Craig Lussier | September 23 2011

Been using this for a while! Great work :)

by Santhosh Sivarajan- | September 06 2011

by mdunderwood | August 22 2011

Great set of tools. Much needed functionality!

by Luu Thanh Tuan | August 15 2011

SharePointWebPartCodeGenerator does not generate Japanese text properties correctly.
<asp:Label ID="Label1" runat="server" Text="Japanese(日本語)"></asp:Label>
will be generated as below
@__ctrl.Text = "Japanese(譌・譛ャ隱・";

please fix this bug as soon as possible

by BusyPart | May 09 2011

Everything looks great except that the sandbox visual webpart doesn't support foreign encoding. The .g file encoding created by the tool isn't as same as the .ascx file which makes foreign language texts become unreadable.

I hope there is a fix for it.

by Chris Bortlik [MSFT] | April 22 2011

Very cool. Thanks!

by LeDang | February 17 2011

I tested with office365. It worked. Thanks.

by blondie99 | November 03 2010

installed this and started my moss 2010 project. Masses of errors. After several hours workign ot was had gone wrong since i last opened the solution i found that the MOSS 2010 power tools was overriding the microsoft.sharepoint dll version 14 with its own version. Its version is possibly 2007, not sure, but whatever it is it killed all my moss 2010 functionality. Do not use this addin.

by olaf | September 20 2010

cool, just works...

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  • InitializeControl does not exist
    4 Posts | Last post November 04, 2012
    • I have installed the Visual Studio SharePoint Power Tools and Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1. But when I create a Visual Web Part (Sandboxed) from scratch (Create Empty SharePoint project and then Add New Item Visual Web Part (sandboxed)) it will not compile "The name 'InitializeCont​rol' does not exist in the current context".
      
      I have read about this error but it only indicates a size issue with the User Control (fixed by VS 2010 SP1).
      
      I have tried installing Power Tools before and after install of SP1. Same issue.
      
      Anyone else having this issue. Date 18-MAR-2011
    • Hi genify2,
      
      I am also getting the same issue. Is it fixed now?
      
      BTW, I installed Power Tools after SP1. Do i need to reverse the sequence?
      
      Request the group to help, as i am stuck on this for LOOOONG time now :(
    • Same for me. Very frustrating. Low quality community support imo.
    • I am having the same problem. Can anyone please provide a solution?
      TIA
      Dean
  • Installed but templates does not appear!
    5 Posts | Last post July 22, 2012
    • Can someone please help me, i installed this on my dev machine with VS2010, it says it installed correctly, and i can see it on the extension manager, but when i try to start a new project, the sharepoint project node does not appear!
      I tried to unninstall this extension, then install VS2010 SP1, then installed it again! the same result! 
      One thing that caught my attention is that in the extension manager buth buttons (disable and unninstall are disabled) what a paradox!
      Anyway, can someone please help me with this?
    • Were you able to resolve this issue? I am currently seeing the same thing. I was following the link at 
      http://www.sharepoint4developers.net/en-nz/post/silverlight-sharepoint-web-parts.aspx
      
      But I am not seeing the templates either, tried on two separate instances, just wondering what is making them not to show up. Would be interested in a resolution.
    • Were you able to resolve this issue? Iam seeing the same issue, both buttons disabled. Templates not appearing. thx.
    • Has there been an answer to this, the templates do not show in VS 2010 even when using Administrator, I have installed it on two of my developers systems to no avail, is there a solution?
      
      Thanks
      
      
    • Make sure to install "Microsoft SharePoint Developer Tools" on your VS instance.
      That did the trick for me...
  • Cyrillic problem in aspx file
    1 Posts | Last post November 29, 2011
    • I have a promblem with cyrillic symbols.
      For example, if I write cyrillic  symbols in aspx file, aspx.g.cs generate something like this:
      
      @__w.Write(@"<h3>
                      Присылать рассылку:</h3>");
  • It's just limit 8192 chars. How to fix ?
    1 Posts | Last post October 18, 2011
    • It worked great but had an error "The name 'InitializeControl' does not exist in the current context" when the content over 8192 chars !
      
  • 64 bit version?
    2 Posts | Last post July 08, 2011
    • Is there any 64 bit version of this power tool ?
      
      Searched on net, but found no solution.....(:
      
      -Shah
    • I am trying to install it on Win 2k8 R2 - 64 bit, installation fails saying software is not compatable.
      Any comments...
      -Shah
  • Create sandboxed Visual Webpart
    4 Posts | Last post June 09, 2011
    • Hello,
      
      This addin was recommended to me as I need to develop visual webparts in a WebApplication scope. I did not get extra project templates in my VS2010 installation..
      What did I forget ?
    • You did not forget anything - the power tool only includes item templates, not project templates. Just create an empty SharePoint project and use Project/Add new item... to add a Visual Web Part (Sandboxed).
    • Any insights as to when/why one might start out using the "Module" project template versus the "Empty SharePoint Project" project template when the goal is to the add new "Visual Web Part (Sandbox)" items to the project?
    • I have the same issue.  I have installed the power tools and still do not see a sandbox webpart in my projects listing for new empty and existing solutions that are set to sandboxed.  Did you ever get this resolved?
  • Differences from the CKSDEV perspective
    2 Posts | Last post May 29, 2011
    • Being the author of both sandboxed compilation and the sandboxed Web Part I decided to write a little about our teams perspective on the PowerTools versus CKSDEV. Read about it on my blog at http://blogs.code-counsel.net/Wouter/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=156. 
      
      Our basic stance is that the PowerTools are more feature rich in this area. Hence we'll remove our template and compile button in the next released version due somewhere in August 2010 (hopefully). This change will not impact existing users of our Web Part template, but will prevent people from creating new ones. We hope this will provide a clear model for developers to follow when it comes to using these features. One story is better than two! 
      
      Hope it helps
      
      Wouter
    • Its Good. But really have many limitation. I tried to bind a data grid control . and used Ajax update panel but got exceptions..
      
      Its usefull but to some extents only...
  • Limitation
    4 Posts | Last post January 25, 2011
    • Hi Mike,
      can you take a look at the issue I reported on MSDN forums here:
      http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/sharepoint2010programming/thread/6eed876d-2a29-436f-b6c6-9b15b5c7decf
      
      Seems the code generation process fails when the ASCX contains more than 8192 chars.
      Hope it's an easy fix
      Massimo
    • Hello,
      Is there a fix available for the bug that Massimo detected two months ago ?
      We need to build sandboxed webparts for a project, and the "8192 chars"-limit prevents us from using the new visual webpart template. Without a fix, this power tool is quite useless in the "real" world, it can only be used for a "proof of concept".
      Thank you
    • Hi,
      there is no workaround for this issue (I wish we had found it prior to the release!). A fix has been implemented and will be released with an update to Visual Studio 2010. There is no publicly annonced release date yet.
    • This issue is fixed in Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 Beta.
  • VS 2010 and Ribbon ID Power Tool
    1 Posts | Last post September 20, 2010
    • I'm new to VSTO development and am developing using VS 2010. I am designing a new tab for the ribbon in Excel and wanted to assign some images to the controls I am dropping on the ribbon. I found the VSTO Power Tools for VS 2008, specifically the one that allows you to browse the images that can be used as part of Office already. These same power tools do not work in VS 2010, although it looks like there are a couple that have been released thus far. Is the power tool for Ribbon ID's available yet for VS 2010, or can I use the one for 2008 in 2010? If not, and I install VS 2008 and use the ribbon ID's power tool, will the ribbon id's be the same for 2010? 
  • CKSDev?
    5 Posts | Last post September 20, 2010
    • Looks useful, but apart from evidently being Microsoft supported, is there any reason I would want to use this over the Community Kit for SharePoint Development Tools? ( http://cksdev.codeplex.com )
    • The CKSDEV team is planning on removing these two features from our codebase to prevent duplication.
    • Hello Ali - We felt these two pieces of sandbox functionality were important to release.  Not everyone can or does use extensions that are not from Microsoft.  
      
      Wouter, thanks for helping to answer this!
      
      Mike
      
    • Ali,
      
      This is a great question! When I installed CKSdev extensions a few weeks ago, a few things were different. We are delighted to see the cksdev project evolve fast, so forgive me if I get some of its features wrong.
      
      CKSdev Sandboxed Visual Web Part does not have templates for VisualBasic. It uses a WebPart containing a User Control in source code form. The web part from the Power Tools has a visual designer for the web part itself, which is a more direct approach, and includes item templates for both C# and VB.
      
      CKSdev has an option of invoking Sandboxed compilation on the context menu. Power Tools integrate sandoxed compilation into the main Compile MSBuild target, which means that you get the errors during normal build end even red "squiggles" without building in Visual Studio.
      
      CKSdev is very feature-rich, while Power Tools do just two things. I would recommend installing both CKSdev and Power Tools, as they complement each other nicely.
      
      Hope this helps,
      
      Iouri
      
    • I'm new to VSTO development and am developing using VS 2010. I am designing a new tab for the ribbon in Excel and wanted to assign some images to the controls I am dropping on the ribbon. I found the VSTO Power Tools for VS 2008, specifically the one that allows you to browse the images that can be used as part of Office already.  These same power tools do not work in VS 2010, although it looks like there are a couple that have been released thus far. Is the power tool for Ribbon ID's available yet for VS 2010, or can I use the one for 2008 in 2010?  If not, and I install VS 2008 and use the ribbon ID's power tool, will the ribbon id's be the same for 2010?