I’ve been saying since the first PDC “Lap Around Visual Studio” talk I did back in 2008 how “big” of release the Visual Studio 2010 release was and certainly is. The number of new capabilities now built into the product is simply amazing!

This does come with a challenge however. Customers have told me numerous times in the past couple of months how much they appreciate all the new features, and how much the product is helping them in their day to day. But the thing they want more of is guidance. Folks want and need to understand best practices and strategies on how to use these new features.

The new visualization and modeling tools is no exception.

The Visual Studio ALM Rangers has just released the Visual Studio 2010 Architecture Tooling Guidance ( download from here ), which has been a true group effort done by many MVPs and Microsoft personnel alike.

Here’s some details:

Visual Studio 2010 Architecture Tooling Guidance

Practical guidance for Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate, focused on modeling tools. This release includes common usage scenarios, hands on labs and lessons learned from community discussions. The scenarios include understanding and reverse engineering of existing solutions or starting a new solution from scratch. These are both common challenges that any dev lead or architect faces. The intent is not to give you an in-depth tour of the product features, but to present you with examples that show how these tools can support you in real world scenarios, and to provide you with practical guidance and checklists. This guidance is focused on practical ways of effectively using Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate and other tools to create a new or revised design as part of application lifecycle management.
The Rangers involved with this project are: Alan Wills (MSFT), Bijan Javidi (MSFT), Christof Sprenger (MSFT), Clemens Reijnen (MVP), Clementino de Mendonca (MVP), Edward Bakker (MVP), Francisco Xavier Fagas Albarracín (MVP), Marcel de Vries (MVP), Michael Lehman (MSFT), Randy Miller (MSFT), Tiago Pascoal (MVP), Willy-Peter Schaub (MSFT), Suhail Dutta (MSFT), David Trowbridge (MSFT), Hassan Fadili (MVP), Mathias Olausson (MVP), Rob Steel (MSFT) and Shawn Cicoria (MSFT).

Way to go Rangers! Great stuff!

Cameron