So now that you've downloaded Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, you're ready to get serious about creating SharePoint solutions, right? If so, let me direct you to another developer tool you'll want to download:
The extensions (as they're known to their friends) were designed specifically to jumpstart developers creating SharePoint solutions in Visual Studio. They include project and item templates for essential SharePoint building blocks like Web parts; team sites, blank sites, and list definitions; custom fields, content types, and modules. Each template includes functionality that makes coding, testing, and deploying these items easier than ever before. If you intent to develop in the SharePoint environment using Visual Studio, this download is for you.
And, if you're planning on using the Web part project template, check out the accompanying article, which provides a quick rundown on how it's done:
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