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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    TSUG-VE

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    There is a new Team System user group designed to bring people together from all areas of the globe. Why is " Team System User Group ( TSUG ) Virtual Edition ( VE )" different? "We have different regional meetings each month targeting different time zones...
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    XMI Export Sample

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    Steve Cook , a long time architect on my team, has made available a sample that shows how to access the UML meta data in Visual Studio’s  new UML project system and export that data into the OMG’s XMI data format. XMI is the OMG standard used to...
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    The Visual Studio Debugger: A new series on an old topic

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    The Visual Studio Debugger has long been regarded to be one of the industries best debugger. The VS debugger’s ability to give developer’s insight into the running behavior and state of their .NET and native applications has been the foundation of what...
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    Lessons Learned developing a Windows Phone 7 App

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    Quite a few folks have been playing with the Windows Phone 7 platform, creating all kinds of crazy games, utilities, etc. for this new platform. I am no different. I simply couldn’t help myself, so once I had my new Samsung Focus in hand ( November of...
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    Code Metrics, Reporting, and XSLT Debugging

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    In my last post , I announced a new power tool that allows you to analyze your managed assemblies to determine various complexity metrics. The output of the power tool is a fairly simple XML file, so in this post, I wanted to show you how simple it is...
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    Debugging Series: Symbols Server and Your Symbols

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    Last post , I gave you a simple introduction to Symbol Servers. I showed you how you can use the options in Visual Studio to quickly get access to Microsoft public symbols and how that could give you more information for your debugging sessions. However...
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    Custom Profile Properties

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    [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...
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    Performance

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    There are a number of features in the product that completely depend on the source code you push through the feature in regards to memory utilization and performance. For example, the creation of the “Standard Graphs” ( any of the graphs generated by...
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    Lap around VSTS 2010 PDC session available

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    I gave a talk in front of over 1000 people at the PDC this last Monday. That was absolutely a blast! That talk is now available to be viewed online right here: http://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008/TL47/ Please let me know what you think!
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    Layer Validation with the VSTS 2010 CTP

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    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 ...
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    Layer Diagram

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    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...
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    CTP5 Refresh Available!

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    Folks, we have produced a small patch that we are making available here designed to address some performance problems around the initial import of existing database schema into the project system, as well as the performance of project reopen scenarios...
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    Manage Change, Mitigate Risk: Part Two

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    Second Step: Create Testing Environment ( Please see my previous post here , if you'd like to follow along with the CTP3 bits from TechEd ) Now that we have our meta data isolated in our off-line “sandbox”, we’re now ready to start the next step...
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    RTM Versions

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    When we RTM we will have two versions – a retail version and a trial version. The retail version will install on top of Visual Studio 2005 Professional, a Team Edition version, or VSTS. The trial version will only install on top of VSTS or VSTS Trial...
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    New version of the Architecture Guidance

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    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...
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    Latest Videos and Info on VS11 Visualization Tooling

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    Wanted to make you folks aware of a few new videos that have been recently made showing the latest capabilities in the recently released beta for Visual Studio. I just recently recorded a ~30 minute piece on the Visual Studio Toolbox site . Consider this...
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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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    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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    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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    Controlling the DGML Double-Click

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    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...
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    CTP5 ( Beta )

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    Have a great weekend, 'cause we are! :) We thought we'd need till Monday to get you the software, but things moved a bit faster than we thought! Our latest installment is ready for consumption! Please download the bits from here . As always, feedback...
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    CTP7 Is Live!

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    Please follow this link to get our final CTP before release! Please be sure to read my post from yesterday , and be sure to check out Gert's post for more lower level details about the CTP. Onward!
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    Nov. 30th is the Date!

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    This has been a fantastic day! Today at the SQL PASS conference, we publicly announced our RTM ( Release To Manufacturing ) date, and have announced additional content to the MSF Agile and MSF CMMI process guidance templates. CA also announced an integration...
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    DBPro wins Jolt Award!

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    We just received word that DBPro ( aka DataDude! ) won the Jolt award in the "Database Engine and Data Tools" category! This is great news, and is always exciting to receive this type of recognition. WooHoo! :) Here were the other products who were finalists...
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    New Channel 9 video on Power Tools

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    Folks, be sure to check out the great video Gert Drapers and Brian Keller just completed up on Channel 9. Here's the link: http://channel9.msdn.com/showpost.aspx?postid=334261 Gert goes into great detail on the functionality enabled not only in our first...
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