SmartPart…


There has been lots of talk around on SharePoint related blogs about the Smartpart and how it allows people to develop for SharePoint.  So much in fact that i decided to pull finger and get around to looking at it.


I have to say that i am really impressed!  Something that has always bugged me is the difference between developing controls for regular ASP.Net applications and SharePoint.  The SmartPart allows ASP.Net user controls to be “hosted” in a wrapper Web Part.  Quite clever!


This brings up the interesting topic of how web parts etc… will be developed in the next version of SPS.  I am guessing here … and dont know anything for certian … but i would imagine it will be much closer to the way you develop controls in ASP.Net now.  I certainly hope so anyway.  So … the question is … is using the SmartPart to “host” your ASP.Net controls setting you up for a smoother migration to SPS V-Next?


Anyway … this is a pretty cool web part … and one that could save you a bunch of time.  Especially if you already have some user controls you want to add to SharePoint pages.


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