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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Migrating your Modeling artifacts to RC

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    No, the RC for VS2010 has not yet hit the wire, but it will be very soon. :) One of the great things about the Beta2 version of Visual Studio 2010 was the fact that the TFS server as well as all the client side products came with a “Go Live” license....
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    Architectural Validation and Synchronization

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    In one of the articles that just hit recently around our upcoming "Architectural Validation" feature in VSTS 2010 Team Architect, there was concern around how to "maintain all those diagrams" in context of the Architectural Validation or Layer Diagram...
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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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    Microsoft joins the OMG

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    Today we've announced the fact that Microsoft has joined the OMG. Please see the press release here . We're very excited about making this step. We are very interested in participating in future efforts that further the effectiveness of the UML as a collaboration...
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    The UML Model Explorer

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    In the VSTS 2010 Architecture product, we've added another toolwindow to VS designed to help you understand and manipulate the UML models that you will be building. The UML Model Explorer ( that's what we're currently calling it, but that can certainly...
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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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    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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    VSTS 2010 and Channel 9

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    If you or someone you know is interested in finding out what all the new ground we've been breaking across team system, stop what you're doing now, and check out the videos found here on Channel9 . Some really great stuff from all areas of the Team System...
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    RadioTFS Broadcast

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    I had the opportunity to sit with the guys at RadioTFS and talk about the good stuff coming in the Architecture Edition in VSTS 2010. Check it out!
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    PDC 2008 Is Here!

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    It's the night before PDC, and all is quiet! But tomorrow, the LA convention center is going to burst at the seams with folks from all over the globe, descending on the 2008 PDC like locusts! :) It occurs to me that I have not shared the fact that I will...
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    Visual Studio 2010 CTP available!

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    Folks, I'm sitting here waiting for Anders Hejlsberg to give his talk about the Future of C#, and wanted to let you know that the CTP bits for Visual Studio and Visual Studio Team System 2010 are now available. Check out this link that Mr. Keller has...
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    Blogs to take note of

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    Wanted to point out a couple of blogs that I would recommend checking out. James Whittaker has finally started a blog . For those of you who don't know James, he's the crazed personality behind a few books ( How to Break Software , How to Break Software...
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    PDC Discount Available

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    For those of you planning on going to this year's PDC, if you register by Sept. 8th, you can save $200. Here's the link: http://microsoftpdc.com/registration/
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    Hot fixes and Code Gallery

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    Brian just posted about our new Hotfix information site on Code Gallery . This is a great way to keep informed of late breaking fixes as they become available, and the information is localized in 10 different languages. Point your RSS reader at this feed...
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    Agile and Tools

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    Kent Beck has written a great white paper talking about the importance of tooling in the Agile process. He discusses the importance to transparency during the process and how tools can help with that, but he raises a very interesting point about the need...
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    Designers

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    One of the things that I've been most proud of the DBPro team has been our absolutely rabid desire to be well connected with our customer base. The team simply jumps at every opportunity possible to engage our customers, be it in the DB Pro forums , customer...
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    PDC2008

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    As you can tell, I have not blogged for way too long. There are some good reasons for that, and reasons that I will most certainly get into details in a future post ( oooh the suspense! :) ), but I wanted to make sure you folks were aware of the fact...
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    Another Channel9 Video

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    Brian Keller uploaded another video that was done with Sachin Rekhi a few months back that talks at length about the MSF integration and the DBPro additions to the MSF guidance built into Team System. There is also a good discussion of the role of the...
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    Subtle changes in branding

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    I wanted to point out a post that Rob Caron put out a few weeks back that is worth mentioning, as it discusses some changes to the official names of the various Team System product lines, including DBPro. Check out this post for details . For DBPro, the...
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    How to download Rosario VPCs

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    In the next version of VSTS ( code named "Rosario" ), we are planning on providing early looks at those bits through Community Technology Preview ( CTP ) releases in a VPC format initially ( first CTP was talked about here ). Nice thing about this is...
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    “First-time Experience” with Arch Tools

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    [NOTE: This post is part of a blog series, the start of which is here .]   Ok, you’ve downloaded the Beta 2 bits of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 . Now you want to explorer the new Modeling and Visualization tools. This post will help you...
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