CKS - Development Tools Edition (Server)


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 Nikhil S Singh | June 28 2014

by Senthamil | January 15 2014

Got to be good one.

by Richa Kumar | April 29 2013

An awesome tool - without which SharePoint development is unthinkable!!

Quick deployments & recycle of AppPool, great to use when debugging code.

by Manishrao Patil | March 18 2013

Fantastic! thats what I can :)

by Jason Carter | May 21 2012

by Mano Mangaldas | April 27 2012

WOW.. VS / SharePoint development missing something without this extension.. must have for every SP developer

by ATY Ahmed | April 15 2012

Must to have tool for any SharePoint developer

by Martin Hatch | March 19 2012

The MUST HAVE tool for SharePoint 2010 development.

The shortcuts, templates and wizards are all such good quality, they will save you time and effort, and lead you along the correct way to build your solutions.

This is always the first development tool which I add to my development VMs.

by Rob Schlotman | February 01 2012

This has really become the main development must have add on for SharePoint development with Visual Studio. MSFT could learn a thing or two about what is being offered through this. Thanks!

by Benabdallah | February 01 2012

Can't imagine starting a Sharepoint Project without it very useful.

by HeToC | January 25 2012

by Tihomir Ignatov | September 29 2011

Cool, increases the dev productivity!

by Craig Lussier | September 23 2011

Been using this for a while now. A must have for SharePoint developers.

by Patrick Lamber | September 07 2011

This is certainly one of the best Visual Studio 2010 enhancements if you are developing with SharePoint 2010.

It is impressive how much time you are gaining by using the predefined templates and the process attachment features.

Thank you very much for this work

by Ryan T Mann | August 30 2011

Absolutely awesome set of tools that greatly enhances the sharepoint development experience.

QuickDeploy Saves a lot of time, and makes this a must have tool if not just for QuickDeploy.

Let's say you update some ascx markup on a webpart that's part of a sharepoint 2010 project. Previously you'd have to repackage that and either deploy it, or copy the wsp out and use Update-SPSolution on it in powershell. Then reload the site and see if your markup looks good.

As a dev gains experience you learn that you can just copy the webpart's ascx file out to the 14 hive and refresh the page.

That's basically what quick deploy does, it copies everything out to the 14 hive without doing a deploy or update-spsolution (it copies stuff where it would go if you had done a deploy or upgrade).

So now, you can just change some markup (quick deploy 'takes seconds or less') and refresh your page.

Saves so much time, and that's just one feature out of all the things CKSDev does.

by sangeet ahuja | July 06 2011

by Shamanovsky Victor | June 16 2011

by Capsuline | May 20 2011

Great tool.
Makes my life smoother again.

by Henrik Monsted | May 19 2011

Essential tool for all SharePoint developers. Compliments to the dev team!

by Andy Burns | May 18 2011

Fantastic set of tools. Although VS2010 is much better for SharePoint development, CKSDev still offers much that studio itself doesn't. I won't set up a development machine without it!

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  • WCF Service (CKSDev) Template Not Appering in VS 2010
    3 Posts | Last post March 19, 2015
    • I have installed CKSDev with the follwing url but i dont see WCF Service(CKSDev) in SharePoint 2010 templates in Visual Studio 2010. Please help.
      "WCF Service (CKSDev) Template Not Appering in VS 2010."
    • Does it appear?
    • Same for me. I don't see the module "WCF Service (CKSDev)"
  • Support for Visual Studio 2012
    2 Posts | Last post January 15, 2014
    • So guys, will this great extension will come avaiable for VS2012 anytime soon?
      The default deploy things from MS just won't do :(
      Losing more time with getting things deployed then actually programming them :(
    • did u solve the issue?
  • CKS install
    1 Posts | Last post January 15, 2014
    • I am receiving error in my VS 2010. My edition is pro
  • Not able to see the templates on the latest version
    1 Posts | Last post October 03, 2012
    • Hi,
      I have installed the latest CKSDev on my SharePoint 2010 + Visual Studion 2010 system. Unfortunately I am unable to see any of the templates except for "SharePoint Console Application (CKSDev)". I was looking for the templates like "WCF Service (CKSDev)" and other. 
      Is there something wrong in my installation ? I have uninstalled the old one and installed it. 
  • CKSDEV Console App Template
    1 Posts | Last post May 11, 2012
    • Hi
      I have installed the latest version CKSDev on a laptop that does not have VS2010 installed but with the SharePoint dlls in the GAC and the Sharepoint 14 hive imported. I don't see this template and I suspect any others that might be in the tool.
  • Error activating selected features
    1 Posts | Last post November 07, 2011
    • Error occurred in deployment step 'Activate selected Features': Feature GUIDis Site-scoped, and cannot be added to the WebApplication.
      Any clues?
  • Error deploying SharePoint project
    2 Posts | Last post November 07, 2011
    • I just installed it...
      Unhandled exception occurred while calling method 'ProjectService_ProjectPropertiesRequested' of type 'CodeCounsel.SharePoint.DevTools.ProjectExtensions.ProjectExtension, CodeCounsel.SharePoint.DevTools, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=f275076a3ecf8ed7'. Exception: System.IO.FileNotFoundException. Message: Could not load file or assembly 'Microsoft.VisualStudio.SharePoint.Utilities, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b03f5f7f11d50a3a' or one of its dependencies. The system cannot find the file specified.
    • Sorry, my bad, this was from another extension. I removed and the error ceased to appear.
  • Difference b/w Development Tools Edition (Foundation) and Development Tools Edition (Server)
    2 Posts | Last post September 26, 2011
    • What is the difference b/w Development Tools Edition (Foundation) and Development Tools Edition (Server)?
      Kindly explain...
    • The difference between editions is the same as with SP2010. For example where extensions are related to publishing features they are only found in the Server edition. If you are only working with SP2010 foundation then I suggest only installing the CKSDEV(Foundation), otherwise the server edition is the correct one.
      Wes (CKSDEV Team)