What is a SharePoint Solution File?

What is a SharePoint Solution File? How does it differ from WebPart .cab files in legacy development? What does it contain?

A SharePoint solution file is compressed file that contains custom components. It is suffixed with a .wsp extension that aids in deployment.

Differences between the .cab and the SharePoint solution files are:

1. Solution files allow easy deployment to all Web Front End's.
2. Solution files are highly manageable from the interface.
3. Solution files can provide Code Access Security to avoid GAC deployments.

A solution file contains : aspx files, DLLs, resource files, definition files.
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