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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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    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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    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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    Webcast recording Available

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    As I mentioned in a post the other day, I co-presented with my CA colleagues today, showing the DBPro and ERWin 7.2 integration, among a few other things. The recording has a number of technical glitches ( first 30 seconds is nothing but a blank screen...
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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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    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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    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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    ERWin 7.2 and DBPro WebCast

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    I will be participating with my partners at CA to present a "Taming and Managing Database Change" webcast on August 14th from 1PM EST - 2PM EST. The general gist of the webcast is to show how ERWin 7.2 sits on top of the DBPro project model, and how the...
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    First Rosario CTP

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    We've finally put the finishing touches on a CTP that begins to get you a clearer picture on what Rosario is bound to be. Rosario is the next version of Visual Studio Team Sytem. Please be sure to checkout Jeff Beehler's blog for more details . The version...
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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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    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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    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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    Another TeamSystem Chat

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    Hope to see you folks online at the next TeamSystem chat happening this Wednesday. Here are the details: Join members of the Visual Studio Team System product group to discuss features available in Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, Architecture Edition...
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    Go on vacation and things get done!

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    So in the last two weeks, while I was traveling in India on business, then taking a vacation for the last week, the team has been quite busy. For details, please be sure to check out Gert's blog , but I'll give you the hilites quickly: The team has released...
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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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    ERWin 7.2 and DBPro

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    We've mentioned this before, but I did want to make sure you had a little more information about the fact that ErWin 7.2 from CA is capable of connecting to a DBPro project and working directly against that project! This is great for all you database...
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    DataDude at TechEd 2007

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    Wanted to make sure you were aware of all the sessions and breakouts that we will be presenting at at this year's TechEd which is happening this week in Orlando. Please see Gert's post for the details. Also, be sure to check out Dave Campbell's live webcast...
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    Fantastic Guide to TFS

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    Folks, if you are using Team Foundation Server ( TFS ), thinking about using it, or wish you could use it ( :) ), stop now and go check out this blog post . J.D. Meir's and folks on the P&P team have put together a TFS Guide document. Absolutely chalk...
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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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    Orcas Beta One Downloads available

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    Wanted to make sure you all were staying up with the latest events happening with Visual Studio itself. As you probably know, Visual Studio Team System and all the client SKUs that make up the product, DBPro included, sit on top of Visual Studio Professional...
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    Another VSTS Chat

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    Wanted to make sure you folks attended the chat that is schedule on the 27th. These are always quite interesting for one and all. Details below: Visual Studio Team System Chat – This Friday Join members of the Visual Studio Team System product group to...
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    VSTS Guidance

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    Please be sure to check out this blog post by J.D. Meier over in the Patterns & Practises team. A TON of information on the hows and whys of source control using TFS and a bunch of other knick knacks as well. Enjoy!
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    First DBPro Service Release

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    Folks, please see Gert's blog for a description of what to expect in our upcoming service release. The team continues to keep up the pressure on providing you folks ever-improving bits! Please keep the feedback coming!
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    DBPro wins Jolt Award!

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    We just received word that DBPro ( aka DataDude! ) won the Jolt award in the "Database Engine and Data Tools" category! This is great news, and is always exciting to receive this type of recognition. WooHoo! :) Here were the other products who were finalists...
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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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    DB Unit Testing Whitepaper Available

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    Sachin Rekhi just got his "Database Unit Testing with Team Edition for Database Professionals" up on the MSDN site . Please check it out! There is a TON of great content there.
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