STSDev vs. WSPBuilder & SharePointInstaller

Mar 15, 2008 at 12:15 AM
Edited Mar 15, 2008 at 12:16 AM

i like the idea of more information, and especially from you, Ted, since your channel 9 videos have been a tremendous help, but i tend to find that similar/same information split amongst multiple sources leads to community confusion and contributes to a lack of encouragement for the platform.

i'm not trying to stir up dust at all, but from an MS employee's point of view, what do you see as the benefits/disadvantages of each of these projects? i'm in charge of our web part solutions at my company, and we're trying to nail down a solution-delivery model that makes sense and is easily managed/extended.

out of pure luck (could say more community involvement in the aforementioned projects & a higher google pagerank), i've ended up not using your solution (as of yet?).

as a sound voice in the field, what are your thoughts?

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http://codeplex.com/wspbuilder
http://codeplex.com/sharepointinstaller
Coordinator
Mar 17, 2008 at 4:10 PM
FWIW, my opinion is that SharePointInstaller is a great tool but only tackles one part of the puzzle - installation of Solution Packages. WSPBuilder is also great but does not have the source code generally available and also only tackles one part of the puzzle - WSP generation. STSDev is geared at a developer audience and tackles everything from initial project generation through creation of the final WSP.