Andrew Connell

Roadmap (or lack there of) of my Visual Studio DX CodeRush/Refactor SharePoint Extensions

Over the last few months I've fielded quite a few questions in person at conferences, via email or via Twitter from folks who were interested in what my plans were for my DevExpress CodeRush & Refactor extensions I wrote for Visual Studio 2008 for SharePoint developers. If you aren't familiar with what I'm talking about, back in 2007 I created a few extensions for those customers who had bought a copy of DevExpress' CodeRush & Refactor Pro! products. These were aimed to make SharePoint development a bit easier. One was a suite of plugins and templates (which was dependent on a licensed and installed copy of CodeRush), the other was a tool window that only required the free DXCore Visual Studio AddIn. After working with new SharePoint tools in Visual Studio 2010 for the last year+, I've come to the conclusion that my tools are no longer really necessary. The stuff Microsoft gives us OOTB are so robust and extensible using MEF, it's better to extend them that way than to base off a commercial product. Therefore I've decided to not upgrade or port my extensions to Visual Studio 2010. I still love CodeRush & Refactor Pro... I just don't...

Over the last few months I’ve fielded quite a few questions in person at conferences, via email or via Twitter from folks who were interested in what my plans were for my DevExpress CodeRush & Refactor extensions I wrote for Visual Studio 2008 for SharePoint developers.

If you aren’t familiar with what I’m talking about, back in 2007 I created a few extensions for those customers who had bought a copy of DevExpress’ CodeRush & Refactor Pro! products. These were aimed to make SharePoint development a bit easier. One was a suite of plugins and templates (which was dependent on a licensed and installed copy of CodeRush), the other was a tool window that only required the free DXCore Visual Studio AddIn .

After working with new SharePoint tools in Visual Studio 2010 for the last year+, I’ve come to the conclusion that my tools are no longer really necessary. The stuff Microsoft gives us OOTB are so robust and extensible using MEF, it’s better to extend them that way than to base off a commercial product. Therefore I’ve decided to not upgrade or port my extensions to Visual Studio 2010.

I still love CodeRush & Refactor Pro… I just don’t plan to upgrade my my tools for the latest release of SharePoint or Visual Studio. I do have some ideas around how to extend Visual Studio for various things… I’ll post those here on my blog.

Andrew Connell
Founder & Chief Course Artisan, Voitanos LLC. | Microsoft MVP
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Andrew Connell is a web developer with a focus on Microsoft Azure & Microsoft 365. He’s received Microsoft’s MVP award every year since 2005 and has helped thousands of developers through the various courses he’s authored & taught. Andrew’s the founder of Voitanos and is dedicated to delivering industry-leading on-demand video training to professional developers. He lives with his wife & two kids in Florida.