Skinner's Blog

Comments on Visual Studio, Visualizations & Modeling, .NET, and beyond

December, 2008

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Skinner's Blog

My name is Cameron Skinner. I am the General Manager of the Visual Studio Ultimate team here in the Developer Division working at Microsoft.

My team is responsible for delivering features such as Intellitrace, visualization and modeling tools, test impact analysis, code analysis, and the VS debugger, just to name a few.

I'm very interested in establishing a continuous stream of dialog with our customers, this blog being a great tool to enable that conversation!



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    Introduction to Directed Graph Markup Language ( DGML )

    DGML, or "Directed Graph Markup Language" is what we are using in VSTS 2010 Architecture to render graphs like the one below:   The power of DGML is in its simplicity. Let me show you what I mean. If you launch the VSTS 2010 CTP , open...
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    VSTS 2010 CTP, Hyper-V, and January 1st, 2009

    For those of you folks who have converted the VSTS 2010 CTP ( see Grant's post ) to take advantage of the performance improvements in hyper-v, here's a manual way to get around the fact that VSTS will expire Jan. 1st 2009. ( If you're using the CTP with...
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    The UML Model Explorer

    In the VSTS 2010 Architecture product, we've added another toolwindow to VS designed to help you understand and manipulate the UML models that you will be building. The UML Model Explorer ( that's what we're currently calling it, but that can certainly...
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    Layer Validation with the VSTS 2010 CTP

    In my first post of this series, I broke down the VSTS 2010 Architecture product into "functional" areas, and I've been slowly describing the pieces. The areas highlighted ( Modeling Project here and here , Model Explorer , and Work Item Integration ...
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    Incorporate Layer Validation in your Builds

    As I promised in my last post , I want to show you how you can make Layer Validation part of your build process. I'm going to assume you've followed along from last post to make things easy. Again, this is all possible in the VSTS 2010 CTP . Unload the...
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    "Standard Graphs"

    It became clear from the emails and comments to my last post that I should probably spend a little more time describing the functionality found in the VSTS 2010 CTP a bit better, specifically that functionality involving the Architecture Explorer and...
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    Channel 9 and 10-4

    If you are not already aware of Channel 9 , stop what you are doing right now and go check it out. Really. I'll wait. :) Channel 9 has a long a brilliant history of shining a light on all things that Microsoft is doing through the video medium. Soon after...
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    UML Request For Information

    As you undoubtedly know by now, Microsoft joined the OMG a couple months back. Our own Steve Cook has been representing Microsoft at a number of OMG meetings, the latest occurring last week in Santa Clara. Coming out of that last meeting is a new Request...
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