Skinner's Blog

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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!

Cheers,

Cameron

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    The Tier Interaction Profiler ( TIP )

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    There is a little known feature that is part of Visual Studio 2010 Premium edition that I wanted to take a second and let people know about. It is fairly straight forward in its approach, but some of the best features always are! This particular feature...
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    MSDN Keeps getting better

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    The documentation on MSDN Library continues to rev, as our hard working User Education folks have been hard at work! Below are some recent updates in the Visualization and Modeling SDK, as well as improvements and additions to our Testing docs and Virtual...
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    Final Feature Builder Power Tool Released

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    The final version of the Feature Builder Power Tool designed to work seamlessly with Visual Studio 2010 has been released to the gallery. Download it from here . There are a number of videos up on channel9 that you can check out to understand what Feature...
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    Productivity Power Tools: A MUST Have

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    If you use Visual Studio 2010 at all, stop what you are doing and install the Productivity Power Tools . It is extraordinarily easy to do so ( go to Tools->Extension Manager…, and search for “Productivity Power Tools” ): There are a number of fantastic...
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    Manipulating DGML Styles

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    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...
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    IntelliTrace and unfamiliar code

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    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...
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    Architecture Guidance now available

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    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...
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    Layer Diagram Extension using the Feature Pack

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    As you certainly know by now, we have released the Visualization and Modeling Feature Pack . One of the new capabilities that we have enabled in the Pack is the ability to hook into the Layer Diagram in a number of different ways ( Command, Gesture, and...
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    Feature Pack vs. Power Tool

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    In my “Sneak Peek…” post I promised to discuss the differences between a Feature Pack and a Power Tool. Now that we’ve just made our first feature pack available , it’s probably time to discuss these differences. Brian Harry has just blogged about the...
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    Documentation Refresh

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    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...
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    Visualization and Modeling Feature Pack is now Available!

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    I gave you a sneak peek about this new feature pack here , but I am now very happy to announce that the final release of Visualization and Modeling Feature Pack for VS2010 Ultimate is now available. For you active MSDN subscribers, go download the feature...
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    Video discussion about Visualization and Modeling in VS2010 Ultimate

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    David Giard, the force behind Technology and Friends ,  has just pushed up a conversation we had during last month’s launch tour about all the new visualization and modeling tools we have now made available in VS 2010. Check it out here . It’s amazing...
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    Great blog Posts on Architecture Tools in VS2010 Ultimate

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    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...
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    Launch tour summary

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    Jennifer Marsman , Developer Evangelist extraordinaire, has just blogged about the recent launch tour she organized. She was an absolute task master during this tour, making sure all details were covered and accounted for! It was a fantastic experience...
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    Sequence Diagram RE, LINQ, and Lambdas

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    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...
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    Sequence Diagram RE and WCF

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    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...
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    Free VS2010 Training

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    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...
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    Upgrade tool and VSVMSDK Available now!

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    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...
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    Launch Day for VS2010 and .NET Framework 4!!!

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    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...
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    Announcing the Preview release of “Feature Builder”

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    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...
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    XMI Support in VS2010

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    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...
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    Work Item Visualization CodePlex Project

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    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...
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    Sneak peek at the first “Feature Pack” for VS2010 Visualization and Modeling Tools

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    I’ve been hinting about a number of new capabilities that my team has been working on that are designed to add additional functionality to the bits you will experience in the final VS2010 build due out April 12th. This post will give you the some details...
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    Visualizing large code bases with VS2010

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    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...
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    Layer Diagram templates for P&P Architecture Guide

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    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 ...
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