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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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    Custom Test Condition

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    One of the great extensibility features we've enabled with CTP5 is the ability to write your own Test Conditions that will appear in the Test Assertion drop down of our Database Unit Testing Designer. Sachin Rekhi has just posted a great article about...
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    Recent VS2010 “Visualization and Architecture” Webcast

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    I just recently presented a web cast that went quite well. Unfortunately, the resultant recording of that webcast has suffered from some quality issues. I’ll give you the various links to the webcast, but be forewarned, the audio link is probably your...
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    VSTS 2010 and .NET 4.0

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    Wow, last week was a whirlwind! Dave Mendlen and myself spent a lot of time with our friends in the press on both coasts, and everywhere in between, talking about the next release of Visual Studio and Visual Studio Team System, now officially called ...
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    UML Profiles and Visual Studio 2010: Part Two

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    Ok, so I was just sitting down, getting ready to write a nice long post about how to create your own UML Profiles when I discovered just how great the MSDN documentation is on this very subject. So instead of trying to recreate that work, please check...
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    First MSDN article published

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    Folks, just wanted to make sure you knew about the first DBPro article to hit MSDN. It actually hit a few days back, but just in case, here's the link: http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/default.aspx?pull=/library/en-us/dnvs05/html/TEDBPro.asp Kudos to...
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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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    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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    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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    Spanish MSDN Webcasts

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    Folks, Adolfo Wiernik , one of our friends over at Solid Quality Learning, has also produced some web casts for the spanish audience out there. If you're a spanish speaker, by all means, check 'em out! Administrando e instalando esquemas de SQL Server...
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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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    Visual Studio 2010 SP1 Released

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    Lots of news today, as we have release the first service pack to Visual Studio 2010. At the same time, the teams are making available a new Feature Pack the enables a much tighter integration between Team Foundation Server and Project Server. Please see...
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    New Docs for Windows Phone 7 Development

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    The Developer Guidance team has just released Building a Windows Phone 7 Application from Start to Finish in the MSDN Library.  This content is intended to help developers with common challenges by putting the features together in a complete application...
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    Process Template Editor

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    Folks, Wanted to make you aware of a new PowerTool that is being released on the TFS side of the business. You can find it here . If you are leveraging work item and various other MSF process guidance, certainly check this out! Here is a description of...
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    ERWin for Database Edition

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    Just wanted to make sure all you ERWin users out there were aware of the fact that you can now use version 7.2 to model directly against a DBPro project! Please go here for more details. This gives you the ability to make changes to the physical schema...
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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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    New MSDN WebCast

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    Before I forget, Gert and Sachin just completed the recording of an MSDN webcast. Check it out! http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032304010&Culture=en-US The title is: Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals...
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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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    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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    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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    Database Edition PowerTools Now Available!

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    The team has had our hands full getting all our V1 bits wrapped up and into Orcas Beta 2 , while at the same time preparing and delivering our first Service Release , but we weren't done there! At the same time, we've also been very busy readying our...
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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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    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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    Join the DBPro Chat!

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    Wanted to make sure you saw the following that was just posted on the forums : Come and join members from the Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals product group to discuss features available in the product. Experts from all areas of product...
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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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    Team Build and Layer Validation

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    [NOTE: This post is part of a blog series, the start of which is here .] I’ve had a couple of posts to date about how to use the new Layer Diagram, such as this one , and provided a quick video showing the basic usage of the diagram. What I’d like to...
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