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About AllenD's Blog

Welcome to my blog.  My name is Allen Denver.  I've been with Microsoft since October 1994.  I joined at a time when Microsoft had around 12,000 employees (in 2010 we had close to 100,000).  I started in Product Support Services in Developer Support.  I supported the Base/Kernel apis in Win32 and Win16.  I joined the product group for VS 98 working on the Visual Studio Analyzer feature that shipped with the Enterprise Edition.  After that feature was discontinued I joined the VS Core team working on the VS platform and the VSIP SDK.  After shipping that for a while I decided to make a big move.

In May of 2007 I was fortunate to be offered a position in a new development office in Honolulu, Hawai'i.  The feature I worked on in Hawaii known as the Architecture Explorer and Directed Graph Documents. I moved my family to Honolulu.  This includes my lovely wife , 4 of my 5 children (my oldest daughter is married and lives with her husband in Puget Sound).  Snorkeling, eukelele, the beach were all favorite activities in those days.

Now, I'm back in Puget Sound, having finished up Visual Studio 2010 and have moved to the Profiler team.

I hope you enjoy reading my blog.  I'll continue to strive to bring fresh information about the areas I'm responsible for.

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    Hello Profiling

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    As most of you know corporate reorganization is bound to happen sooner or later. At Microsoft it probably happens sooner than most other companies and it's happened to me now. As we bid farewell to Visual Studio 2010 (which, by the way I'm quite happy...
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    Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone Tech Preview - Available Now

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    Did you catch the announcement at Mix today about Windows Phone 7 Series Development? Scott Guthrie announced today, at Mix10 in Las Vegas, the availability of the developer toolset for Windows Phone 7 Series. The Windows Phone Developer Tools package...
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    Nice Video on Standard Dependency Graphs in VS 2010 Ultimate

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    Chris Lovett posted a video on using the Dependency Graphs feature of VS 2010 on his blog: http://www.lovettsoftware.com/blogengine.net/ .
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    VS 2010 Beta2 has been launched

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    Check out the Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 page on MSDN . I added a countdown control which links to the "Ultimate Offer" - check it out.
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    What is 'Progression'?

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    I've been working on Progression for the past 2 years, but there's not a very good definition that's been made public about it. Let me attempt to describe the feature here. It's been talked about in a few different ways by Cameron Skinner in his blog...
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    Beta2 of VS2010 is almost ready

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    The Progression team has been hard at work getting the final touches on the Beta2 release of VS 2010. It'll be out in a couple of months. If you have Beta1, Beta2 will be a significant improvement in performance and reliability. Great stuff coming...
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    Aloha Oahu

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    In late January I boarded a plane with my family and one-way ticket to Seattle. Yes, the family and I are moving back to Seattle. We spent almost 2 years in Honolulu and loved almost every minute of it. Great experiences, nice weather, fabulous beaches...
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    Architecture Explorer and Directed Graph Document video

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    Check out Suhail Dutta's Channel 9 video/demo of the Architecture Explorer and DGML documents . He starts with Directed Graph via the Architecture Explorer then goes into the Sequence Designer (generating UML sequences from code) and Layer Designer (validating...
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    The VS 2010 cat is peeking it's head out the bag - so to speak

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    Check out the article on VS 2010. The screen shot there is my feature! The new Architecture Explorer and features related to it have been my main focus for the last 18 months. It's great to see it getting more light of day. A longer article contains...
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    Back on Oahu

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    After a nice week in Redmond (weather was great through Wed, but turned nasty Thu - Sat) I'm back home in Honolulu. The company meeting was a great experience once again. I always get a charge out of seeing how big Microsoft is in terms of financial success...
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    What's up with Allen

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    I can't believe it's been a year without blogging. That's got to change... starting today. If you've read my blog in the past you know that I moved to Hawai'i in May of 2007. While still with Microsoft I helped to get a small office opened up in Honolulu...
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    Orcas first, then Rosario

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    In case you are unaware, we're close to shipping Visual Studio 2008 (aka "Orcas"). I hope that's not really a suprise. A bit of trivia on the code name "Orcas". When when VS 2003 came out the code name was "Everett". Everett is the name of a town just...
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    Aloha VS SDK

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    I've been working in the VS Extensibility area for quite a few years now. But the time is right for me to venture forth into a new area of responsibility for Microsoft. I'll be helping to form a new team based in Honolulu, Hawai'i, USA. Microsoft is...
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    Check out the VS SDK for VS "Orcas" Beta1

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    Last week we released the VS SDK for VS "Orcas" Beta1. You can use this lastest version of the SDK to build VS Integration packages and DSL Tools-based packages that target VS "Orcas" Beta1. To get this version of the VS SDK requires access to the...
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    RDT changes in VS Orcas

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    The Running Document Table is used in VS to control the state of opened documents. This is only accessible via interfaces exposed in the VSSDK and the VS Automation Model. End-users only see the effects of the RDT in places like the dialog that pops up...
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    MPPG/MPLEX runtime DLL not needed

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    I was recently alerted to an email sent to Soma (Vice President leading the Microsoft Developer Division) about a problem with the VS SDK's MPPG/MPLEX tools. Here's the question: After installing VS SDK (feb 2007) and trying to play with the...
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    VS SDK 4.0 is available for download

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    On behalf of the VS Tools Ecosystem team, I am pleased to announce that after months of hard work, VS SDK 4.0 has been released! This is the last SDK release planned for Visual Studio 2005. The team has done a ton of work to make this release friendly...
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    V4 SDK (almost) ready!

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    We're putting the final touches on the v4 VS SDK for VS 2005. The team and I have been hard at work ensuring it is at a high level of quality. The content is out of this world. There's a few new samples to start with, a new SDK browser connecting you...
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    Hola! Barcelona is a VS SDK hit!

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    My first trip to Europe is turning out to be great! The city of Barcelona is great. Many attractions to see, lots of nice things to do. Sunday and Monday this week the VSIP team conducted a Developer Lab with lots of great presentations and 1:1 meetings...
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    VS 2005 SP1 Beta

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    If you author a package or add-in for VS, we encourage you to download the VS 2005 SP1 Beta in order to determine if there are any modfications to your package or add-in that need to be done in order to be compatible. It is very likely that there is nothing...
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    VS SDK v4 Product Backlog is ready for public review

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    Below I've pasted the VS SDK Product Backlog for version 4 of the VS SDK. We're planning to ship this version of the VS SDK in mid-December. This will be the last revision of the VS SDK that supports VS 2005. We'd love to get some feedback on these features...
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    V3 of VS SDK for VS 2005 now released

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    You can visit the VS Extensibility portal for the latest information and resources. Follow the links to get the SDK (note there's now an easier way to download at the bottom of this mail). Some really cool things in this release: Power toys ...
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    VS SDK docs are now on MSDN web site

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    Check out the VS SDK documentation on the web! No longer are the VS SDK API's only doc'd with the VS SDK itself. Now you can get up to date documentation anytime without having to install anything locally. You've been able to do this for sometime with...
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    VS SDK on Vista

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    I've finally gotten around to trying out the VS SDK on Vista with UAC turned on. Here's what I had to do to get the VS SDK to install, and a package to compile and run: 1) Installing VS - fairly straightforward, no surprises 2) Installing VS SDK...
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    TechEd - The rest of the story

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    My apologies at not blogging more often, but TechEd became even more of a blur in the last days and I simply had to let it drop. Perhaps if the network were better behaved... Day 3 Wednesday during the day was like any other. Lots of potential partners...
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