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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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    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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    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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    VS SP1 Shipped!

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    VS SP1 shipped, which includes some big updates for Visual Studio Team System. See Brian Harry's post for more details. There is nothing new on the DBPro front, but important nonetheless!
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    CTP 4 available

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    ( sorry for the delay, but trying to get a vacation in! :) ) Our CTP4 is out! Please download and get us your feedback! Biggest change to the bits involves the seperation of the solution view vs. the ( currently named ) "Schema view". Let us know what...
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    Job Opportunities

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    Wanted to directly call out a number of positions that are currently open on my team. To refresh everyone’s memory, my team, internally called “Visual Studio Ultimate”, is responsible for features ranging from the Visual Studio debugger to the Visualization...
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    Manipulating DGML Styles

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    Chris Lovett has created another fantastic video that explains the ins and outs of manipulating the look and feel of DGML documents via the <Styles> markup capabilities that shipped with Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate. Check it out here . Absolutely...
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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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    IntelliTrace and Azure

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    Grant Holliday has recently published a blog post that goes into more of the details around using IntelliTrace with your Azure projects. He does a great job in going through some of the lower level details of how to best use IntelliTrace in the Azure...
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    New Download Formats

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    Folks, if you are looking for a non .img file download for the CTP3 bits that we made public at TechEd, go here: http://download.microsoft.com/download/5/d/a/5daf1dba-13f4-450a-9005-8001bb638965/TE_Data_CTP3.exe http://download.microsoft.com/download...
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    Windows Live Blog Writer

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    Just trying out the beta of the Windows Live Blog Writer. So far so good! If you are interested, here's the link: http://download.microsoft.com/download/f/9/a/f9a19f2d-cec4-4a25-9b0b-eb9655ea7561/Writer.msi
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    ALM Summit Nov 16-18

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    Brian Harry just blogged about a conference we’ll be hosting on the Redmond Microsoft campus this November 16-18th. If you do get a chance, drop by. I’ll be giving a talk about lessons learned and challenges overcome while I led a few product team transformations...
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    Another MSDN WebCast

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    Gert just completed another MSDN web cast, this one entitled " Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals (Part 4 of 4): Schema Source and Version Control". It's found here: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID...
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    DBPro online Chat

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    We've got a chat planned for tomorrow that includes information about Orcas and DBPro. Here's the details: Join members of the Visual Studio Team System product group to discuss features available in Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, Team Editions...
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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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    Version One of DBPro is DONE!

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    We have released the final V1 bits to manufacturing! WooHooo!!!! :) This has been quite an exciting journey, and this team has successfully executed against a vision established just over a year ago. I'm very proud of this product unit, and what we have...
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    Using Database Diagrams?

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    Hey folks, please check out this post from Mairead . If you've ever used the Database Diagramming feature in Visual Studio, please let us know what you think by responding to Mairead's post. Thanks! Cameron
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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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    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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    Team System Chat

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    Another all-up Visual Studio Team System Chat is planned for tomorrow. These chats have been going over very well, giving folks like yourself the ability to get in and ask some questions with VSTS team members. So if you have some thoughts / questions...
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    DBPro as Add On to Team Suite

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    Alright, alright, so our initial download site for DBPro was a bit confusing. :) Well, we've got a handle on that ( thanks for all the feedback! ), and have made some adjustments. Please see Brian Keller's post for details, but here's the direct link...
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    New Case Study

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    If you are interested in hearing about how one of our long time supporters now customers is using DBPro in the wild, please take a sec and check out this case study . Great to see this just a month after RTM!
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    Upgrade tool and VSVMSDK Available now!

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    Not only is Visual Studio itself launching today , but a couple of supporting deliverables are also now available that I wanted to make sure you were made aware of. If you created models ( UML, Sequence Diagram RE, or Layer Diagrams ) with the Beta2 version...
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    We're serious about Feedback...

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    Thanks again to all the folks that participated in the CTP5 survey! We really appreciate it, so much so in fact, that we are hosting another one. :) This one is targeted at your experiences using the CTP6 bits just released tonight. So if you can spare...
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    Hosting TFS

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    On other TFS news, one of our partners, Readify, has gone live with a service that hosts Team Foundation Servers for customers, among other things. Check out this post for more details .
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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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