Wrox Real World Sharepoint 2010 – Chapter 12

[Chapter 12: Amanaging the Sharepoint Application Lifecycle]

Application Lifecycle management (ALM) has various definitions and perspectives. For Sharepoint developers, a key ALM challenge would be to deploy application through multiple environments. Sharepoint applications are typically built using the Features framework, and deployed using solution package. This allows modules of functionalities to be made available to different scopes within Sharepoint, which is called Provisioning

*** Sharepoint site template files are *.wsp.

How to import features to VS 2010:
(1) in Sharepoint site, Site Actions –> Site settings –> Save site as a template. Once done, the file (*.wsp) will be available in Solution Gallery.
(2) Create a [Import Sharepoint Solution Package] project, and then check/uncheck the feature you want. Uncheck [Include Data]. manually copy/paste the feature XML you need. Treat this import project like a temporary one. You can do the same thing again next time if you need it.

*** When web parts are included in an imported WSP, web part properties are stored in binary file. They still can be deployed, but can’t modified.

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