The CKS - Development Tools Edition 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.
The Community Kit for SharePoint: Development Tools Edition extends the Visual Studio 2013 Preview SharePoint project system with advanced templates and tools. Using these extensions you will be able to find relevant information from your SharePoint environments without leaving Visual Studio. You will have greater productivity while developing SharePoint components and you will have greater deployment capabilities on your local SharePoint installation.
This version is targeted for users running SharePoint 2010 or SharePoint 2013. You only need this version regardless of SharePoint edition or version.
Exploration extends the new SharePoint Explorer with advanced information about SharePoint sites such as the installed Web Parts and Master Pages or the Feature dependencies and elements. Also included in the Explorer are a variety of import functions to bring existing SharePoint items into your active solution.
The Content area includes advanced templates such as Linq to SharePoint, Custom Action or Delegate Control. Become extra productive while developing sandboxed solutions using the SharePoint Full Trust Proxy. Utilise the SharePoint Console Application project template to quickly build SharePoint code.
Our enhanced Deployment functions give you the ability to utilise quick deployment and almost a dozen other productivity enhancing deployment steps, including automated deployment (per file on change deployment).
Find the complete overview of all the CKS Development Tools Edition features on thedocumentation tab of the project site.
What's new in this release
The current 2.0 release includes the following features:
Existing CKSDev features for VS2012 ported to VS2013 - This version resolves a number issues with the joint VS2012/VS2013 version.
This v2.0 release is focused on providing the key areas of functionality from the VS2012 versions in a consolidated and refactored format. Other features such as the item templates will be coming asap.
If you have a great idea for a deployment tool, template or any other thing that you believe increases developer productivity, contribute! Contact theProject team or add your idea to thediscussion forum. Use the#CKSDev tag to follow and connect with the team on Twitter.
About the Community Kit for SharePoint
The Community Kit for SharePoint is a set of editions, components, tools and recommended documentation for SharePoint development. You are currently viewing the edition project site for the Development Tools Edition. To learn about the other editions and components you can go tohttp://www.communitykitforsharepoint.org/default.aspx.
For the latest version of the CKS charter document, clickhere