Web Part Interoperability — Good News and Bad News


So we’re getting ready to unveil a little bit tomorrow and a lot on Wednesday regarding WSS “v3” and our Office “12” servers, but a couple of things have popped up that are very, very relevant to people that want to develop Web Parts using ASP.NET 2.0 and use them in today’s versions of WSS and SPS.  As the old cliche goes, I’ve got good news and bad news….

The good news first:  within a couple of days, some people we all (well, at least I) know and love will be announcing something very nice and very helpful for those of you who want to develop ASP.NET 2.0 Web Parts and use them in WSS (once Service Pack 2 is released, of course).  It’s their news to announce, so I’ll wait for them to do it and post and update with a link.

The bad news:  it will only work with WSS (again, with SP2).  The SPS team tried, but ran into too many issues to be able to support running SPS 2003 Service Pack 2 on the ASP.NET 2.0 runtime.  So if you have SPS in the picture, you can’t use Visual Studio 2005 or ASP.NET 2.0.  You can call Web services and redisplay pages written with ASP.NET 2.0, but that’s it.  SPS 2003 SP2 will actually do a lot of good things (more news on that coming up soon), but unfortunately, ASP.NET 2.0 support won’t be one of them.

WSS-only deployments will be able to run on version 2.0 of the .NET framework and will allow — up to a point — the use of some new ASP.NET 2.0 technology in the process.  The announcement at which I’ve already hinted will take advantage of that aggressively.

Starting tomorrow — PDC news from the floor, the hallways, and the session rooms….


Comments (22)

  1. The tap named SharePoint and asp.net 2.0 is starting to open up. News is starting to drip out. First…

  2. Offiziell beginnt die PDC erst heute aber wie üblich kursieren schon im Vorfeld einige interessante…

  3. Offiziell beginnt die PDC erst heute aber wie üblich kursieren schon im Vorfeld einige interessante…

  4. Offiziell beginnt die PDC erst heute aber wie üblich kursieren schon im Vorfeld einige interessante…

  5. First, if you’re a SharePoint developer and haven’t done any work with ASP.NET 2.0, go now and get some. …

  6. My Boss sent this to me via email yesterday, I am only now getting a chance to post it. Great litle post on Information Bridge Framework from Patrick. Jan has been working on a new version of the SmartPart, also…

  7. FitzBlog says:

    That post I made on Monday?  Namely:  “FitzBlog : Web Part Interoperability — Good News…

  8. Steve says:

    I am shocked. I just bought into the whole Sharepoint Portal server for my companies intranet. I am a asp.net developer who is eager to be using VS 2005.

    With this news, it means I cannot use VS 2005 since have SPS.

    I don’t like to be negative, but this is a egg in the face to those that support Sharepoint Portal.

  9. I spent a little while looking at this so I thought I’d share my findings….

    Currently, if you want…