New versions of SharePoint SDKs Released

Version 1.4 of the SharePoint Server 2007 SDK and the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 SDK has been released.

What’s new in the 1.4 release of the SharePoint Server SDK?

  • Installation enhancements: You now have a choice of installation path when you’re installing the SDK. Browse to your preferred folder during setup. The default installation path for the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server SDK is <%Program Files%>\2007 Office System Developer Resources.
  • Start menu navigation: This release features a new Start menu shortcut for quick access to documentation (compiled HTML Help, or CHM for short) files and the Welcome Guide (ReadMe.htm), which is a landing page with links to all the tools and samples. In Windows Server 2003, click Start, Programs, 2007 Microsoft Office System Developer Resources, Office SharePoint Server 2007 SDK to open: MOSS 2007 Technical Articles and Visual How-Tos, Office Forms Server SDK Documentation, Office SharePoint Server SDK Documentation, Welcome Guide, Windows SharePoint Services SDK Documentation. In Windows Vista, click the Windows Vista Start button, All Programs, 2007 Microsoft Office System Developer Resources, Office SharePoint Server 2007 SDK to open: MOSS 2007 Technical Articles and Visual How-Tos, Office Forms Server SDK Documentation, Office SharePoint Server SDK Documentation, Welcome Guide, Windows SharePoint Services SDK Documentation.
  • Offline experience improvements: All of the technical articles, visual how-to articles, and book excerpts are now packaged—plus the Excel Services and Excel 2007 Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 Job Submission Developer Guide—into one searchable CHM file. Browse offline for content published on MSDN out-of-band with the SDK. (Known issue: Several links in the MOSSSDK_TechArticles.chm and WSSSDK_TechArticles.chm do not work in a strictly offline scenario. Also, WMV file screencasts or downloads associated with articles are not packaged in the CHM, to keep the download size manageable. Workaround: Browse to the content on MSDN online; for ease-of-use, the CHM file table of contents is the same as the MSDN Library table of contents.
  • New tools and samples.

What’s new in the 1.4 release of the WSS 3.0 SDK?

  • Expanded documentation of backup and restore features.  This release contains greatly expanded documentation of backup and restore features, including a new top-level node, “Backing Up and Restoring.” The node includes twelve articles, including “Overview of Backing Up and Restoring Data in Windows SharePoint Services,” and four new “How To” topics.
  • Complete documentation of Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.Backup.  Object model reference documentation in the Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.Backup namespace is complete, and code samples are provided for all critical types and members.
  • New documentation of the administrative object model.  A new section, “The Administrative Object Model of Windows SharePoint Services 3.0,” contains six new articles, and the “Administration” section has a new, extended code sample.
  • Revised Web Part documentation.  The section that provides conceptual documentation of Web Parts has been completely restructured, and two walkthrough topics have been significantly revised and rewritten.
  • More migration support.  A new section, “Selective Content Migration,” contains three articles to support selective migration strategies. Additionally, additions and revisions have been made to existing topics in the “Content Migration Overview” section, and a large number of API reference topics that support migration and deployment scenarios have been completed in the SharePoint.Deployment namespace.
  • Expanded and updated reference documentation.  You can find enhanced documentation of types and members in the SharePoint.Workflow and SharePoint.WorkflowActions namespaces, the People Web service, and three ActiveX controls.

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