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Anyone doing Web Part development (currently for SharePoint) knows how much of a PITA it is to code the WP by hand... almost entirely from the code behind. Fons has come up with an incredible SmartPart to save a ton of time!!!

Together with Jan Tielens, I have created a improved version of my User Control Container Web Part called the SmartPart for SharePoint.

Jan has written an introduction and even created a video demonstrating it in action.

We have created a GotDotNet Workspace for the SmartPart. Over there you can download an installation package that will install the SmartPart, the source code and an example user control. At this point there isn’t very much documentation, but I will work on that. :-) There are a lot of cool ideas which (I hope) will be added to the SmartPart (for example a connectable SmartPart). I’ve IM-ed with Patrick today and he has another cool idea which he discussed in one of his latest posts: using the User Interface Process block together with web parts. Anyway, some nice ideas are waiting to be implemented!

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