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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    DB Unit Testing White Paper

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    Sachin is about to publish a white paper detailing the unit testing capabilities in DBPro . If you are interested in database unit testing and how DBPro can help you out in that arena, this white paper is for you! Give him the feedback before the paper...
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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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    Using the old Database Projects?

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    Mairead has just posted, requesting feedback from folks who are or have used the Visual Studio 2005 and/or 2003 database projects ( .dbp ). If you have, please check out her post here and provide feedback! Thanks! Cameron
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    Final V1 binaries on MSDN

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    Just wanted to make sure everyone saw the fact that availability of our final V1 bits are now available! See Gert's post for more details. I do want to emphasize the following sentence in Gert's post: "The full product download on MSDN is a full image...
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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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    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. 30th is the Date!

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    This has been a fantastic day! Today at the SQL PASS conference, we publicly announced our RTM ( Release To Manufacturing ) date, and have announced additional content to the MSF Agile and MSF CMMI process guidance templates. CA also announced an integration...
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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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    Offline Database Development

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    DBPro supports an offline development model. This is a key notion to understand if you are to realize the full potential of Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals ( aka "Data Dude" or "DBPro" ). Many folks do not quite understand the...
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    CTP7 Is Live!

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    Please follow this link to get our final CTP before release! Please be sure to read my post from yesterday , and be sure to check out Gert's post for more lower level details about the CTP. Onward!
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    Final CTP Approaching

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    We are in the final testing phases of our final CTP ( CTP7 ). ( Think of this as our release candidate! ). CTP7 will be out early next week. I want to discuss a couple of important topics about the upcoming release in this post. CTP7 Installation Requirements...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    CTP6 Is LIVE!

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    Here it is ! The team has really worked hard the last six weeks ( CTP5 seems like ages ago! ) to bring you this CTP6 release. Let me give you a quick overview of the changes we have made to the product since we released CTP5: Full SQL Server 2000 &...
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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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    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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    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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