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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    Modeling and Visualization in Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate

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    This posts marks the start of wave of posts that I plan on doing in the days and weeks ahead. Below find a picture of the general topics that I plan on drilling into. I’ll likely veer off the path a bit here and there, but in general, the next wave of...
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    Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Beta 2!!!

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    Ok, it has been a little while since I blogged last, but it is for good reason, and now’s the time to show you why. The entire Visual Studio team, including my own, have been working extremely hard to get the Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 release squared...
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    Channel 9 Video for Beta2

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    If you’re one of those folks who really isn’t into readying installation guides and simply want to get right into the details, be sure to check out this video that Brian Keller over at Channel 9 did showing the steps required to download and install Beta2...
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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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    Performance tips using Windows Server 2008 as Workstation

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    My team and I do a lot of development on Windows Server 2008. Turns out it is a great workstation environment, but to really squeeze all the performance out of the environment, there are a few things you need to be aware of. This article has a great walk...
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    Links

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    I try not to do this too much, but wanted to make sure you folks saw a couple of posts that were especially relevant. Visual Studio Team System 2010 Development Edition Brian Harry just posted about the Visual Studio Team System 2010 Development Edition...
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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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    10-4 Video on Beta 1 Installation

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    The guys and gals on channel9 have produced a quick video on how to get and install the Visual Studio 2010 Beta1 bits. Included with that video are a number of great links to other important information that you also may find useful, so please check it...
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    VSTS 2010 Beta1 Arrives!

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    Soma just announced the availability of VS 2010, VSTS 2010, and .NET FX 4.0 beta 1 here . This is a great milestone for all the teams involved, as a *ton* of work has gone into this beta, with much more following as we run to the final release. MSDN subscribers...
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    TechEd 2009

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    It's that time of the year again, and once again, we find ourselves filling the Los Angeles convention center with over 7000 people, all there to hear about all the technologies Microsoft is bringing to bear to help IT get their jobs done easier / faster...
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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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    Upcoming Presentations

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    For those of you folks who are planning to be in Munich, Germany between May 5th and 7th, please drop by the TeamConf conference. I'll be one of the folks keynoting the event along with Ken Schwaber ( the mastermind behind Scrum ). I plan on talking a...
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    Oracle DSP Provider and Quest Software

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    I just wanted to make sure everyone had heard of the great news that was announced today at VSLive! in San Francisco. Quest Software has announced that it will be building atop the rich extensibility infrastructure that is present in what was the VSTS...
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    DGML, Containers, and VSTS 2010 Architecture Rendering

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    I previously pointed out how easy it was to manipulate and then render a .dgml file in the upcoming VSTS 2010 Architecture product. I want to continue that discussion by showing how easy it is to indicate to the product that you need to see nodes contained...
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    VSTS Has a New Web Site

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    The VSTS product groups here at Microsoft are all heads down working as hard as we can to get the next great version of Visual Studio Team System out the door, VSTS 2010. We're working new features, fixing bugs, testing, listening to feedback, testing...
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    DSL Multiple Views example and other links

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    Mr. Provost was recently interviewed by the ElegantCode folks. Find that podcast here . Wanted to make people aware of the excellent work two of our MVPs ( Pascal Recchia and Anthony Guerot ) have done recently with the DSL Toolkit. Checkout this great...
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    Directed Graph Markup Language ( DGML )

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    In this previous post I introduced you to the new format, and then this follow on post showed some of the examples of how the format is used to back some common graphs you can expect in the product. In this post, I'm going to talk about a couple ways...
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    Visualize Java Code

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    In this last post I introduced you to some *very* basic understanding of how DGML works. Now I want to take that knowledge out for a test drive. :) What I've decided to do is a couple of things. I've decided I'm going to show how to visualize Java code...
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    Channel 9 and 10-4

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    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...
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    "Standard Graphs"

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    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...
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    Introduction to Directed Graph Markup Language ( DGML )

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    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...
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    UML Request For Information

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    As you undoubtedly know by now, Microsoft joined the OMG a couple months back. Our own Steve Cook has been representing Microsoft at a number of OMG meetings, the latest occurring last week in Santa Clara. Coming out of that last meeting is a new Request...
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    Incorporate Layer Validation in your Builds

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    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...
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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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    VSTS 2010 CTP, Hyper-V, and January 1st, 2009

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    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...
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