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  • Blog Post: New version of the Architecture Guidance

    I’m a bit tardy in passing this information along, but the Rangers have recently ( April 18th ) released a new version of the Architecture Guidance . Check out Willy’s post for more details, or go and download it directly here . A bunch of great prescriptive guidance on how to use the modeling and visualization...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 SP1 Released

    Lots of news today, as we have release the first service pack to Visual Studio 2010. At the same time, the teams are making available a new Feature Pack the enables a much tighter integration between Team Foundation Server and Project Server. Please see Brian Harry’s blog for details on the TFS and Project...
  • Blog Post: Manipulating DGML Styles

    Chris Lovett has created another fantastic video that explains the ins and outs of manipulating the look and feel of DGML documents via the <Styles> markup capabilities that shipped with Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate. Check it out here . Absolutely fantastic!
  • Blog Post: IntelliTrace and unfamiliar code

    One of the many great things about the new IntelliTrace feature in Visual Studio Ultimate 2010 is the ability to walk up to a code base you are not familiar with and determine where to set your first break point. How many times have you walked up to some code you’ve never modified with the thought, ...
  • Blog Post: Documentation Refresh

    The MSDN Library of documentation has been updated. Along with new content discussing the new features in the Visualization and Modeling Feature Pack , the page on Extending UML Models and Diagrams has been updated, and a number of new articles / whitepapers have been published: · Customizing Team Foundation...
  • Blog Post: Great blog Posts on Architecture Tools in VS2010 Ultimate

    Jennifer Marsman has created a series of posts that capture the essence of my talks that I did on that last launch tour . Check out this one , this one , and this one . She does a great job of capturing the details of my talk, which shouldn’t be too surprising, as she was forced to listen to me giving...
  • Blog Post: Sequence Diagram RE, LINQ, and Lambdas

    The Sequence Diagram Reverse Engineering feature available in Visual Studio 2010 allows you to create a UML 2.1 “like” diagram that represents your source code. I say “like” in the previous sentence because we use all the notation prescribed by the UML standard, but there are a few instances where we...
  • Blog Post: Sequence Diagram RE and WCF

    I got a number of great questions in last weeks launch tour . One of those questions was a general need to understand how the various dependency analysis features in VS 2010 Ultimate worked vis-a-vis WCF services, and whether there was support for walking across the service boundaries to discover further...
  • Blog Post: Free VS2010 Training

    The amount of new features that we have enabled in VS2010 is simply staggering. Scott Guthrie just put out a great post summarizing most of the new IDE and .NET features we just shipped yesterday. Check it out here . That post doesn’t even touch all the new things we shipped on the ALM side of the house...
  • Blog Post: Upgrade tool and VSVMSDK Available now!

    Not only is Visual Studio itself launching today , but a couple of supporting deliverables are also now available that I wanted to make sure you were made aware of. If you created models ( UML, Sequence Diagram RE, or Layer Diagrams ) with the Beta2 version of Visual Studio, or created work item links...
  • Blog Post: Launch Day for VS2010 and .NET Framework 4!!!

    As you undoubtedly have heard by now, VS2010 and .NET Framework 4 have officially launched ! WooHoo! This is an enormous achievement by literally thousands of men and women here at Microsoft, as well as close partners and friends. Truly an accumulation of multiple years of effort, now being made available...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Preview release of “Feature Builder”

    Today we released the Feature Builder Power Tool for Visual Studio 2010 Preview for RC on the Visual Studio Gallery .  This power tool helps you easily create rich Visual Studio extensions which you can share with others on the Visual Studio Gallery. These extensions can include tools (Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: XMI Support in VS2010

    A few folks have pinged me in regards to the fact that I didn’t include XMI Export as part of the first “Feature Pack” I mentioned in this post , and whether or not I just missed or what. No, I didn’t just forget to put it in there, the fact is it’s just not ready to include in the first pack. The team...
  • Blog Post: Work Item Visualization CodePlex Project

    Mr. Levinson, one of our MVPs that has really been taking advantage of the new tooling in VS2010 has just made available a code plex project that visualizes Team Foundation Server Work Items using our DGML technology now in 2010. Check it out here . Nice work Jeff! :) Cameron
  • Blog Post: Visualizing large code bases with VS2010

    Chris Lovett has just posted a *great* video on how to manage larger code bases with the new visualization tools in VS2010. He shows techniques on how to use the “Custom…” dialog ( below ) to control how a DGML document is created as well as numerous techniques involving the cascading browser we call...
  • 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: Controlling the DGML Double-Click

    You folks are making it quite easy to come up with blog ideas. I just sit and wait for questions to come in. If more than one question comes in on the same topic, I’m going to post it! So here’s another. I’ve recently been asked a few times how to control what happens when the user double-clicks on a...
  • Blog Post: Save a diagram to Image File

    I’ve been asked a couple of times now about how to save one of our UML diagrams out to an image file. We don’t have a menu item that does that exact thing in the diagrams themselves. We of course support a select-all, copy, then paste which satisfies most, but a few customers have been asking how they...
  • Blog Post: Recent VS2010 “Visualization and Architecture” Webcast

    I just recently presented a web cast that went quite well. Unfortunately, the resultant recording of that webcast has suffered from some quality issues. I’ll give you the various links to the webcast, but be forewarned, the audio link is probably your best best. Here are the links, which includes a link...
  • Blog Post: Migrating your Modeling artifacts to RC

    No, the RC for VS2010 has not yet hit the wire, but it will be very soon. :) One of the great things about the Beta2 version of Visual Studio 2010 was the fact that the TFS server as well as all the client side products came with a “Go Live” license. Well the RC build will also be a “Go Live” build....
  • Blog Post: Custom Profile Properties

    [NOTE: This post is part of a blog series, the start of which is here .]   I got a number of questions around VS2010’s ability to support custom stereotype properties that could be included with a custom profile. Questions ranging from “hey, can I modify existing stereotype properties that you ship...
  • Blog Post: Customer Presentations

    I’m 35,000 feet in the air while I make this post ( which always geeks me out :) ), coming home after a few days participating in some events I pointed out in my last post . Although these trips are always tiring, they are also always *very* informative. I’m always surprised by some of the challenges...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Talks and WebCast

    Wanted to mention a couple of presentations that I am participating in the coming weeks. Next week, I’ll be in Charlotte, NC and Malvern, PA keynoting in two of our many “The Ultimate Event: Visual Studio 2010 & Team Foundation Server 2010” pre-launch events. If you are a developer in the Charlotte...
  • Blog Post: Great TFS2010 Resources

    Last week was a very busy week for the Ranger team. They have just released a number of documents that will most certainly be a huge help as you and your team starts to migrate over to using VS2010 with Team Foundations Server 2010. Here is a break down of the resources that the Ranger team made available...
  • Blog Post: UML Profiles and Visual Studio 2010: Part Two

    Ok, so I was just sitting down, getting ready to write a nice long post about how to create your own UML Profiles when I discovered just how great the MSDN documentation is on this very subject. So instead of trying to recreate that work, please check out the docs found here . Kudos to our tech writing...
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