Web Part Deployment Best Practices?

In articles on MSDN that talk about creating basic web parts, they talk about deployment by importing a .DWT.  However, there is also an article on “Using Wppackager to Package and Deploy Web Parts for Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies” along with the Wppackager download.  This, plus a post I ran across that complained about web part deployment, got me wondering... Are there best practices for web part deployment?  What are they?  Are there scenarios where distributing a simple .dwt makes sense, and others where you really should be using wppackager?  I'd love to hear your thoughts and comments on the topic, and I'm guessing a few other folks would, as well!

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