WSS 3.0 Tools for VS 2005 Released
I've just been informed that the Visual Studio plugin and tools package for conducting SharePoint and WSS development have been released:
See the description below as to what this helps with. Basically it makes programming SharePoint a heck of a lot easier.
Tools for developing custom SharePoint applications: Visual Studio project templates for Web Parts, site definitions, and list definitions; and a stand-alone utility program, the SharePoint Solution Generator.