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  • Blog Post: Layer Diagram templates for P&P Architecture Guide

    Just wanted to point you all to the availability of a great little VSIX that the Patterns & Practices team has just put up on the VS Gallery. The VSIX, found here , works with the publicly available RC build of VS2010. It adds five Layer Diagram “patterns” that show up in the Layer Diagram toolbox...
  • Blog Post: Custom Toolbox Items

    [NOTE: This post is part of a blog series, the start of which is here .] When defining layer diagrams for your organization, or various other modeling concepts and diagrams that you want to make available to your team, you can of course simply check in those diagrams to your version control system, such...
  • Blog Post: 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 "Client" project ( Right click on the "Client" project...
  • Blog Post: 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 ) I've already discussed at some length. Today, I want...
  • Blog Post: Architectural Validation and Synchronization

    In one of the articles that just hit recently around our upcoming "Architectural Validation" feature in VSTS 2010 Team Architect, there was concern around how to "maintain all those diagrams" in context of the Architectural Validation or Layer Diagram feature. I wanted to shed a bit more light on how...
  • Blog Post: Layer Diagram

    At TechEd2008 this year, the Rosario April CTP version of the VSTS Architecture Edition bits were demo'd during BillG's keynote by Brian Harry. Brian demonstrated the Architecture Explorer and the Layer Diagram. The Architecture Explorer is part of the April CTP, but the Layer Diagram did not make that...
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