I vividly remember penning the blog post announcing the Visual Studio Extensions for WSS (VSeWSS 1.2) . Love them or hate them VSeWSS was the first MS foray into integrated developer tooling for SharePoint developers. In all honesty VSeWSS was a skunk works project started by some folks in the SharePoint and SPD engineering team. I inherited them when Alex Malek moved to the IE team. For the 2010 release I worked pretty closely with Mike Morton from the VS team on what became the SharePoint tooling that you see today. I am sure Mike and team hit their heads on a wall with the number of times I said we needed features like a content type and list visual designer vs. just XML. We literally had a feature list 100s of items long and only resources to do ~30 in the first version. We eventually got the list designer a release or so later 🙂
Now we have the next major iteration of those tools that have just released for SharePoint and Office 2013!
Randall also has a write up on them here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/officeapps/archive/2013/03/05/download-the-office-and-sharepoint-visual-studio-tools.aspx
They come complete with fancy colored icons in the new project picker! (the preview was grey scale). I laugh … but the grey pissed me off for some reason.
Personally I love the mention about Continuous Integration workflows and new debugging features with service bus … and looking forward to getting my sticky hands and playing around some more.
Get them here: http://aka.ms/OfficeDevToolsForVS2012.
Great work @chakkaradeep!!