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Low budget SharePoint Services 3.0 Development Environment

Februar 9th, 2009 Posted in Uncategorized

I tried to set up a development environment for SharePoint programming at home on my machine and found out that this isn’t a trivial task if you don’t want to use evaluation software and do not want to invest more than 1000 $.

The big cost factors are operating system and devlopment environment:

  • Windows Web Server 2008
  • Visual Studio 2008 Standard
First I evaluated Windows Home Server but this edition would format all drives during setup. Not a good choice if you want to use multiple Windows Systems on the same machine.
I’m not sure if it’s possible to build SharePoint extensions with Visual Studio Express. As long as many Visual Studio extensions do not work with VS Express I’d prefer Visual Studio Standard (or higher).

All else needed for SharePoint Services development is available for free:
  • SharePoint Service 3.0
  • Visual Studio Extensions for SharePoint Services 1.2 or 1.3
  • Tools

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