Content Type Designer In Visual Studio 2011

If you worked with visual studion 2010 to create a new content type in SharePoint 2010, you will remeber that you have to create an XML file define the content type and it columns.

Now in Visual Studio 2011, no XML , there is a designer.

first, create a new SharePoint 2010 project in Visual Studio 2011

Add new Item to your project


Visual Studio will ask you for the parent contnet type to inheret from:


After you click “Finish”, the below screen will appear to add your columns to your content type and in this screen you can choose the columns and determine weather the column is required or not.


Also, if you clicked on “Common Properties”, you will edit the follwoing :

  • Contetn Type name
  • Description
  • Group Name to categorize your content types
  • Inherits the columns from the parent Content Type
  • Set the Content Type to read-only
  • Hide the content type in the list “New” button


You still able to see and edit the XML file of your content type, just navigagte to the “Solution Explorer” as below.




Whats new in Visual Studio 2011

Visual Studio 2011 is now in prerelease and it has many features. I will list the most interested once from my view.
  • Support for reading unvalidated request data when request validation is enabled
  • Bundling and minification for javascripts
  • Model binders same as MVC
  • moves the code for client-side validation into a single external JavaScript file
  • You can use HTML5 elements
  • The new AllowCustomPaging and VirtualItemCount properties of the GridView
  • Tag completion when renaming tags
  • Extract specific HTML markup as separated User Control
  • “Go to Definition” in JavaScript
  • An Entity Data Model (.edmx) file can now be associated with a database project.
  • IIS Express works well with ASP.NET and PHP applications.

For downloading click here. happy try 😉