Here’s some good news for everybody that has been waiting for it: I’ve just uploaded the brand new Son of SmartPart to the GotDotNet site! First of all, what is the Son of SmartPart? This version of the SmartPart will allow you to run ASP.NET 2.0 Web User Controls and ASP.NET 2.0 Web Parts in SharePoint sites. Since WSS SP2 you can run your SharePoint sites on the .NET Framework version 2.0, and from now on you can use the power of the new platform to extend SharePoint.
- Download the latest release from the GotDotNet site here
- Watch the screencast demonstrating the deployment
What is working and what is not?
Not all features that I would like to be in v1.0 are available yet, so what is already working and what’s not? The Son of SmartPart (SOSP) comes in two flavours: one to run ASP.NET 2.0 User Controls (SOSP-UC) and one to run ASP.NET 2.0 Web Parts (SOSP-WP). For the SOSP-UC version, all the features from the previous version of the SmartPart are working, so you can expose custom properties, toolparts, create connectable web parts and so on. The SOSP-WP version only has the basic functionality to run ASP.NET 2.0 web parts. Advanced stuff like connections are not yet supported. Support for these advanced features will follow.
How do you install it?
If you download the release from the GotDotNet site, you will find an Installation Guide. I’ve also created a small screencast to guide you to this process. There is no automated installation yet because the current version of the deployment tools (STSADM and WPPackager) do not support .NET 2.0 assemblies (yet?).
This is not the last release of the Son Of SmartPart! I'd love to hear your feedback so we can make the coming releases even better. For now: go get the latest version on http://www.smartpart.info and unleash the power of ASP.NET 2.0 on your SharePoint sites!