SharePoint and 64 bit (x64) Development

I've been struggling to develop anything on my 64bit Windows Server 2008 box for a while now, mainly due to lack of support for this on 64 bit.  The Visual Studio 2008 Extensions for Windows SharePoint Services version 1.3 addresses my needs :)

You can download from here and more details on the content of the package can be found here.

  • Can be installed on x64 Server OS machines running SharePoint x64. Previously only x86 Server OS could be used
  • Command line build, package and retract commands are included enabling continuous integration and build servers. Previously command line build of SharePoint projects was very difficult
  • Refactoring support for renaming of Web Parts. Previously renaming a web part required changes in several files in the project