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  • Blog Post: 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 the 2008 PDC was over, the session videos were...
  • Blog Post: "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 the graphs generated via the AE. ( I just figured...
  • Blog Post: 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 a project, click View->Architecture Explorer ,...
  • 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: 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 VPC, see Brian's post for a similar workaround...
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