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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    CTP5 and MSDN

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    As part of CTP5 we will have a second download available which will be an updated MSDN library. The updated MSDN library will include the DBPro content and enable F1 help in many areas of DBPro. The updated MSDN library with CTP5 will only be available...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Custom Toolbox Items

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    [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...
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    Oracle provider Beta Available!

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    As many of you already know, I started my career at Microsoft as the PUM responsible for building the first version of Database Professionals, which was later merged into the VSTS Developer box. I was thrilled to see the announce email ( which I have...
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    MSDN Download for CTP5

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    Hello folks. Just wanted to make sure that you know that you can download current MSDN help information that includes all the latest DBPro help content. It's linked from our CTP5 download page, but here's the link for your convenience: http://www.microsoft...
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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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    Another webcast available

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    Alright, a little out of sequence, but done nevertheless! :) Please go here to see the latest MSDN webcast entitled " Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals (Part 2 of 4): Managing and Deploying SQL Server 2005 Schemas ". That actually...
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    CTP5 Refresh Nuance

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    A couple of people have reported running into the following problem after installing the performance patch we recently made available ( see this post for details ): -------------------------- Microsoft Visual Studio --------------------------- Could not...
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    CTP5 Install Requirements

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    Just wanted to clear up some confusion I've been hearing about what CTP5 requires in order to install. You simply have to have Visual Studio 2005 Professional installed or higher. We were investigating the requirement on having VSTS Trial instead, but...
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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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    Visual Studio 2010 and DSL Toolkit SDK Beta Now Available

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    The Visual Studio platform team has just announced the availability of the VS 2010 SDK beta! This is great stuff, and includes lots of new features around the new Editor that is part of 2010, as well as the new work we have poured into the DSL Toolkit...
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    ALM vNext Announced at TechEd

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    We just finished announcing all the great new stuff that will be coming in the next version of Visual Studio, specifically talking about the Application Lifecycle Management features that you can expect in that release. Please check out Jason Zander’s...
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    ERWin 7.2 and DBPro WebCast

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    I will be participating with my partners at CA to present a "Taming and Managing Database Change" webcast on August 14th from 1PM EST - 2PM EST. The general gist of the webcast is to show how ERWin 7.2 sits on top of the DBPro project model, and how the...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Take the Survey!

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    I just finished posting a request for all you "Data Dude" CTP users out there to please click this link and take a product feedback survey. Please take the time ( shouldn't take you more than 15 minutes )! We take your feedback seriously, and very much...
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    VSTE for DBPros announced today!!!!

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    I am thrilled to make this post today! Today Microsoft has announced the existence of Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals ( see the press release here )! What’s this? It is the fourth role in the Visual Studio Team Suite ( check here...
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    Need your feedback on Visual Studio 2010

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    Do you use Visual Studio 2010 everyday? If so, I’d really appreciate it if you could take 5-10 minutes and fill out the following questions found in this survey: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=203459 We’re really trying to get as much feedback...
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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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