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  • Blog Post: VS 2005 Extensibility

    Look for .NET Developers Journal 's June 2005 issue for an article by yours truly on Extensibility in Visual Studio 2005. You can also find the accompanying source code through my weblog here . I hasten to point out that all code samples are provided as-is with no warranty. If you're interested in retrieving...
  • Blog Post: Feedback Requested: Visual Studio 2005 Tab Design Iteration 2

    I want to thank everyone for all of the terrific feedback we received on our first pair of tool window tab designs for Visual Studio 2005. As of right now, we've gotten 124 comments, which is really outstanding! I've been working with our designer, Corrina, to modify the tab designs we showed before...
  • Blog Post: Feedback Requested: Visual Studio 2005 Tab Design

    //Update 2 I have posted a new set of designs for this at http://blogs.msdn.com/aaronbrethorst/archive/2005/03/16/397107.aspx . Please leave feedback on there. Thanks! :) //End:Update 2 //Update Corrina, the designer I have been working with on our new tabs posted this in the comments below. I wanted...
  • Blog Post: Download The New Whidbey CTP

    I just received mail that we have released the October Community Tech Preview of Visual Studio 2005. This consists of all of the variations of our Express Editions. You may want to start with the Read Me . Then, you can dive right into the apps !
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Setup Changes

    If you've played with Visual Studio 2005 Beta 1, you've probably noticed a fair number of changes to the user interface of our setup application. It's become quite a bit easier to use, but we still have some changes planned for it. I was asked by Brian Strully and Jason Lee of the Setup/Release team...
  • Blog Post: Those Little '?' Buttons

    Thanks to everyone who has logged bugs in the MSDN Product Feedback Center on inconsistencies in the use of dialog help buttons (those little '?' buttons) in Visual Studio 2005 Beta 1! I really appreciate all the help everyone has provided so far; you guys rock!
  • Blog Post: I Need Your Help

    Let me be totally straightforward and honest: I need your help. For those of you who are just tuning in, I am the Program Manager responsible for User Experience and User Interface Consistency for Visual Studio. Visual Studio 2005 is becoming consistent with Office 2003 in how we display our help...
  • Blog Post: Review Time

    I finally just finished writing my annual performance review. I've been working on this thing for the past few days in fits and spurts, but I really needed to have it done for my meeting with my Lead Program Manager, Jason, later this morning. In other news, I spent 4 or 5 hours today logging bugs...
  • Blog Post: Good Tidings from VSCore Land

    I've been really bad about posting for the past few weeks due to a huge number of deadlines. I want to apologize for being so bad about maintaining this weblog lately. I will be adding more consistency content over the coming weeks, so stay tuned for that. On another note, the VS Core editor team has...
  • Blog Post: A follow-up on Chad's request

    As a follow-up to Chad Royal's request for a picture and bio of Visual Studio users, I want to conduct my own little experiment here too. If you don't use Visual Studio today, let me know. I want to know more about who you are, why you don't use Visual Studio, and why you prefer your current set of...
  • Blog Post: Chad wants to get to know you better

    Chad Royal, one of the Lead Program Managers on my team (and an all-around terrific guy), wants to get to know you better . As he put it, “ So tell me who you are and what you do with VS. Send me a picture. I'll print your picture, write your name on it, and write down a word or two about what...
  • Blog Post: Another VSCore Blogger

    I just discovered that Scott Swanson , another Program Manager on VSCore, has started blogging. Scott manages the Help experience in Whidbey: everytime you hit F1 in Visual Studio, you're seeing some of the fruits of his labor. He's a great guy, well worth reading, and is a crack shot with a paintball...
  • Blog Post: Where's the Whidbey Content?

    Since I just started in the Visual Studio Core team in November 2003, I unfortunately haven't done that much work yet that has been released to the public. As we get closer to certain events (say, like Beta 1) I will start focusing more on Whidbey, and all of the cool stuff we've been doing there. I...
  • Blog Post: VSIP Partner Summit

    I just got to have dinner with a ton of our VSIP Partners in Bellevue this evening. To everyone I talked to tonight: thanks a lot for telling me about what you've been up to, and for offering your thoughts on what we can do better (and for those of you who have yet to, please do. I'd love to hear what...
  • Blog Post: Alex Kipman on MSBuild

    My occasional lunch companion/soon-to-be office mate, Alex Kipman, is featured on the latest episode of MSDN TV. You can check it out here . Kipman talks extensively here about our new build platform, MSBuild, and what makes it so cool. Random sidenote: I went to the blog meetup the other night, where...
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