Debugging a WSS 3.0 web part using Visual Studio 2008

In some situations, it will be necessary to debug a web part. In order to make a WSS web part able to be debugged, the web.config of the WSS web site must be modified. The default location of the WSS 3.0 web site will be installed in the following folder:

Open the Web.config file and modify the existing options to look like the following:


<SafeMode MaxControls=”200″ CallStack=”true” DirectFileDependencies=”10″ TotalFileDependencies=”50″ AllowPageLevelTrace=”false”>




<customErrors mode=”Off” />

<compilation batch=”false” debug=”true”>


Once the web.config is modified, you can directly hit F5 in a Visual Studio environment. If a break point is provided for a line in a button click event, it should stop at the same location, similar to the following:



In this article, we have seen simple SharePoint web part development using Visual Studio 2008 and WSS 3.0. In my upcoming articles, we will see more and more examples of SharePoint development. I hope you enjoyed the article and any suggestions, bugs, errors, enhancements etc. are highly appreciated at


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