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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    PDC2009: What a ride!

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    Just back from PDC ! It was a very busy but great experience. It is always exciting to show folks all the great stuff that is about to RTM with Visual Studio 2010, and even better to see how you are planning on using those new capabilities. I participated...
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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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    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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    Layer Diagram in Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate Beta 2

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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 that have discussed the general nature of the Layer Diagram ( check out this older post to get a rough idea of what this diagram is all about )...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    TFS 2008

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    Folks, Brian has a great post talking about all the features in TFS that will ship with Orcas. Again, Orcas Beta2 is ready for you to take out for a test drive ( which includes the DBPro bits replete with our Service Release enhancements ! ). Go get it...
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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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    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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    Web Access to TFS

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    The TFS team has just released another killer power tool that allows web access to the server. Check out Brian's post here for more details.
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    CTP of SR1 now available!

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    Come check out a CTP of our upcoming Service Release for DBPro V1. For all the details, please check out Gert's post right here . This is actually a great milestone for the team, as we are really getting squeezed on resources, getting our bits into Orcas...
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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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    What 3rd party databases do you need DBPro support for?

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    In the first release of our product, we consciously targeted SQL Server 2000 and SQL Server 2005 as database backends that the product would directly support. We knew that many of our soon-to-be customers had more than just SQL Server deployed in their...
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    Samples!

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    Happy New Year! We're starting to rev up more content in the form of samples on the CodePlex site dedicated to DBPro. Please see Gert's post for more details. Samples are just one way that we want to continue to provide more content and examples of how...
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    Another Case Study

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    Folks, Another great case study was just released. Please check it out here ! This case study features quotes from one of our friends you met from an earlier post , Ted Malone of Configuresoft, Inc. Great stuff! Cameron P.S. Sorry for the delay since...
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    Process Guidance Availability

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    I mentioned in my last post the availability of the new MSF process guidance that included the DBPro content, but failed to mention where you can actually download that content and check it out. If you are interested in the MSF for Agile content, click...
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    Nov. 1st Chat

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    Just a reminder. Please plan on attending the DBPro chat that is occurring on the 1st. Here are the details: http://www.microsoft.com/communities/chats/default.mspx Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals VSTS DB Pro is a new addition to...
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    DBPro MSDN Help Content Refresh

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    The October update of our MSDN content has been updated. Please check out this link to see latest help content.
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    First Chat a Success!

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    We had our first DBPro specific chat today. What a blast! We over a 100 questions roll in that kept most of the team hopping for about an hour! Thanks to all the folks who participated in the chat! Here's the transcript of the session if you're interested...
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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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    Channel9 VSTS Tag

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    VSTS is now tagging the various Channel9 content under a "VSTS" tag. This is great, as you can now quickly get at VSTS only content ( which includes DBPro ), as well as subscribe to the VSTS specific RSS feed, so you are not bombarded by the rest of the...
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    More Videos Available

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    Sachin Rehke has put up a another video along with a great blog post that backs it up. Check it out! There is another that I failed to mention as well about writing custom test conditions. That's here .
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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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