CKS - Development Tools Edition (Foundation)


The SharePoint 2010 Visual Studio 2010 Extensions project (CKSDEV) is a collection of Visual Studio templates, Server Explorer extensions and tools providing accelerated SharePoint 2010 development based on Microsoft's new SharePoint 2010 development tools.

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by get-help MsolCustomer -detailed | October 22 2012

Wonderful set of tools

Thank you so much for your work!!!

seamless into MS Visual Studio. Love it

by Oisín Grehan | October 17 2012

Nice, but most of us have moved on to VS 2012. When are you guys going to do the same? CKSDEV will install through the gallery on VS 2012 (what's going on there?) but is broken due to missing dependencies.

by Dekka62 | September 12 2011

Great tools, but disappointed that I keep getting an invalid parameter v1 error whenever attempting to update from the Extensions Update manager in Visual Studio.

by Alex Angas | January 24 2011

by Mike Morton [MSFT] | June 22 2010

This is a great set of extensions - Way to go CKS-Dev! Using these and the Visual Studio 2010 SharePoint Developer Tools sure makes SharePoint development easier and more efficient.

Mike Morton - Program Manager - Visual Studio

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  • Compatibility with VS 2012 RTM
    2 Posts | Last post October 17, 2012
    • Hi, CKSDEV (foundation) installs and appears to (mostly) work on VS 2012 but some errors occur when trying to use certain templates, like "content type with event receiver." The step fails with an exception trying to load version of some of the VSSDK assemblies.
      What's the best way to fix this? Use binding redirects (where? devenv.exe.config?) or edit the templates to reference versions? (again, where?) and finally: Are there any plans to update this for VS 2012? The enhancements in VS for sharepoint projects are too large to ignore - I'm never going back to VS 2010... :)
    • Ok, so I found this assembly in: ~\AppData\Local\Microsoft\VisualStudio\11.0\Extensions\z3l4fdss.lqf\ - I wonder why it is failing to load. It appears to be strongly named but it is not in the GAC. I put into the 4.0 GAC, and it still failed. I looked closer at the clr loader exceptions and it's failing to load a TON of dependencies: Microsoft.VisualStudio.SharePoint.Wsp, Microsoft.WizardsFrameowkr etc etc. 
  • Need to compile SP DLL
    2 Posts | Last post October 17, 2012
    • My offshore developer created a Webservice that runs under SharePoint. Problem is that when I run the VS project, I get an error because I do not have the SP environment installed. How can I get around this? Any help would be appreciated. I am been searching for a way to download the SP project templates to no avail.
    • Install SharePoint on your workstation. SP 2010 can be installed on Vista or higher. Choose the Foundation version: it's free.
  • Error importing WSPBuilder Project
    3 Posts | Last post July 21, 2011
    • In VS 2010, the CKSDev for Foundation was installed.On trying to Import a WSBuilder project "Import WSPBUilder Project" template, I am receiving the following error:
      Error: This template attempted to load component assembly 'CKS.Dev.WCT',Version =,Culture= neutral,Publickeytoken=487fd6341a5c701f'.For more information on this problem and how to enable template, please see documentation on Customizing Project Templates.
      Could you please help to fix this error?
    • Thanks for the question. It looks like a small mistake in the project templates has unfortunately got through testing. Apologies.
      The proj file is held in a zip in the local profile something like:
      C:\Users\administrator.SP2010\AppData\Local\Microsoft\VisualStudio\10.0\Extensions\CKSDev Team\CKS - Development Tools Edition (WCT)\\P\CSharp\SharePoint\SharePoint14\1033\WSPProjImport
      To manually update extract the project vstemplate and update the version number for the wizard to and add this file back into the zip. Restart VS2010 and it should now work. I will complete the fix and update the current download ASAP. 
    • Yup, I've just run into this error, but unfortunately the change you describe doesn't seem to have resolved it. I can see the vstemplate file contains a, and I've changed that to . However, Visual Studio continues to report a problem getting the v1.0.0.0 file. I have restarted it.
  • Dumb Question
    2 Posts | Last post July 01, 2011
    • If I download this, will I be able to develop custom web-parts and so on without having to download a local sharepoint environment?  Sorry for the stupid question, but I am really new to the sharepoint development world.
    • You will still need a local SharePoint installation running on the Dev box to perform any SharePoint development with the Visual Studio 2010 tools. CKSDev is an extension to those tools so the same holds true.