Making Web Parts in Visual Studio 2008? Use Smart Templates

If you are looking for a starting point when making Web Parts in the latest version of Visual Studio (2008) it could be worth visiting The SmartPart Web Part project is a great initiative and can be seen in use here. For similar SharePoint Developer projects, see


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  1. James Kemp says:

    Hi Chris,

    Well spotted – It looks like the project status has changed for some reason. I would be tempted to check again in a few weeks.

    Unfortunately, codeplex is community ran and so I have no way of checking status.


  2. Tim Canterbury says:

    Good links! Very useful information.

    Thanks very much.

  3. Dane Campo says:

    I had been looking for this info for a while.


  4. Chris says:

    It says that this project has not been released yet?

    I have found several people refering to this project, but have found no way to get it.

  5. deniz says:

    If you want to use the template in VB.NET you have to download this Zip-File:

    The work item “VB.NET version of the templates

    ” says:

    This ZIP file contains the VB.NET version of the project template. Copy this file in your “Visual Studio 2008TemplatesProjectTemplatesVisual Basic” folder.

    (Update from

  6. sasa says:

    Another project at codeplex that includes a VisualStudio Add-In for web parts development:

    and a step-by-step tutorial on how to use the Add-in:

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