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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    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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    Model and Work Item Integration

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    I want to continue discussing some of the " Team Collaboration " features in the upcoming VSTS 2010 Architecture product. In this post, I want to show you how we are planning on providing you the ability to link *any* model element with any...
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    VSTS 2010 Architecture : [Part Two] Model Project and 4+1 Project Template

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    In my last post , I introduced the Modeling project that will be introduced in the VSTS 2010 Architecture product. In this post, I'd like to demonstrate how you can leverage the extensibility mechanisms inherent in the Visual Studio Project template feature...
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    VSTS 2010 Architecture: [Part One] Model Project

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    In my last post , I began talking about the logical structure of the VSTS 2010 Architecture product. I now want to start drilling into the various areas I outlined in that post . In this post, I want to start going deeper in the "Team Collaboration" area...
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    Visual Studio Team System 2010 Architecture: Prologue

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    Now that we have made the 2010 CTP available for your use ( please see Brian Keller's post for all the details on how to get it, what's in it, activation help, etc. ), I want to start a series of posts designed to bring you up to speed on those bits and...
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    Sticky Toolbox

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    I wanted to make folks aware of a seemingly small but quite important new feature found in the toolbox for any of the new diagram types in the 2010 Architecture product. ( This is also a feature that all new designers built with the DSL toolkit can enjoy...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    PDC2008 pre-con

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    If there is ever a time to come to the PDC , this is the year to do it! Team Architect is planning on showing our latest wares, but so is the rest of the company. And if you are planning on attending, please be aware of the pre-con, which is also an event...
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    DSL + UML = Pragmatic Modeling

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    There has been some speculation in the press recently around Microsoft's commitment to DSLs now that we are planning on supporting five UML 2.1 diagrams in the Rosario release ( Class, Use Case, Component, Sequence, and Activity diagrams ). Specifically...
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    New role running the VSTS Architecture Edition team

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    Ok folks, as I mentioned in a previous post , I'd like to discuss a few of the things I've been up to recently. As some of you know, I came to Microsoft in June of 2005 to build and run the team that created what is now known as Visual Studio Team System...
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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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    Next Chat

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    Come chat with the Visual Studio Team System group – December 5th Join members of the Visual Studio Team System product group to discuss features available in Team Foundation Server, Team Suite, Architecture Edition, Development Edition, Database Edition...
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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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