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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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    Take the Survey!

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    I just finished posting a request for all you "Data Dude" CTP users out there to please click this link and take a product feedback survey. Please take the time ( shouldn't take you more than 15 minutes )! We take your feedback seriously, and very much...
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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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    CTP5 Refresh Nuance

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    A couple of people have reported running into the following problem after installing the performance patch we recently made available ( see this post for details ): -------------------------- Microsoft Visual Studio --------------------------- Could not...
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    CTP5 Refresh Available!

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    Folks, we have produced a small patch that we are making available here designed to address some performance problems around the initial import of existing database schema into the project system, as well as the performance of project reopen scenarios...
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    Another webcast available

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    Alright, a little out of sequence, but done nevertheless! :) Please go here to see the latest MSDN webcast entitled " Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals (Part 2 of 4): Managing and Deploying SQL Server 2005 Schemas ". That actually...
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    MSDN Download for CTP5

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    Hello folks. Just wanted to make sure that you know that you can download current MSDN help information that includes all the latest DBPro help content. It's linked from our CTP5 download page, but here's the link for your convenience: http://www.microsoft...
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    First MSDN article published

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    Folks, just wanted to make sure you knew about the first DBPro article to hit MSDN. It actually hit a few days back, but just in case, here's the link: http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/default.aspx?pull=/library/en-us/dnvs05/html/TEDBPro.asp Kudos to...
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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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    CTP5 Install Requirements

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    Just wanted to clear up some confusion I've been hearing about what CTP5 requires in order to install. You simply have to have Visual Studio 2005 Professional installed or higher. We were investigating the requirement on having VSTS Trial instead, but...
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    CTP5 ( Beta )

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    Have a great weekend, 'cause we are! :) We thought we'd need till Monday to get you the software, but things moved a bit faster than we thought! Our latest installment is ready for consumption! Please download the bits from here . As always, feedback...
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    CTP5( Beta ) Just around the corner!

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    We're putting the final touches on our CTP5/Beta drop ( due out this Monday!!! ). The team has been absolutely moving to make this drop sing for you guys, so we'd love to hear tons of feedback from you, once it becomes available this Monday ( believe...
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    Spanish MSDN Webcasts

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    Folks, Adolfo Wiernik , one of our friends over at Solid Quality Learning, has also produced some web casts for the spanish audience out there. If you're a spanish speaker, by all means, check 'em out! Administrando e instalando esquemas de SQL Server...
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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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    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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    CTP5 and MSDN

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    As part of CTP5 we will have a second download available which will be an updated MSDN library. The updated MSDN library will include the DBPro content and enable F1 help in many areas of DBPro. The updated MSDN library with CTP5 will only be available...
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    New MSDN WebCast

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    Before I forget, Gert and Sachin just completed the recording of an MSDN webcast. Check it out! http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032304010&Culture=en-US The title is: Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals...
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    RTM Versions

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    When we RTM we will have two versions – a retail version and a trial version. The retail version will install on top of Visual Studio 2005 Professional, a Team Edition version, or VSTS. The trial version will only install on top of VSTS or VSTS Trial...
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    Manage Change & Mitigate Risks: Part Four

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    Folks, I was planning on providing a detailed walkthrough of the unit testing features built into the product as the fourth step in the series, but Sachin Rekhi ( a Program Manager on the team ) has done a fabulous job in giving you some detailed instruction...
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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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    Manage Change, Mitigate Risk: Part Three

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    ( For those of you just joining, please see Part One and Part Two . Thanks! ) Third Step: Establish test data Cool! Now we are off-line, we have a testing database all ready to test against, all in the comfort of our own “sandbox”. Now let’s talk...
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    Gert and I on DotNetRocks!

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    Oh, and by the way, be sure to listen to Gert and myself discuss the product on DotNetRocks found here: http://www.dotnetrocks.com/default.aspx?showID=184 This was recorded live at TechEd Boston. Enjoy!
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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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    DB Team Center available!

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    Please be sure to check out the two videos ( more to come! ) here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/teamsystem/dbpro/
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    Manage Change, Mitigate Risk: Part Two

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    Second Step: Create Testing Environment ( Please see my previous post here , if you'd like to follow along with the CTP3 bits from TechEd ) Now that we have our meta data isolated in our off-line “sandbox”, we’re now ready to start the next step...
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    Manage Change, Mitigate Risk: Part One

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    We’re here, TechEd Boston! I truly can’t believe how fast this conference has snuck up on us, as we have been planing on making our initial public CTP available here for a number of months now. But it is upon us, we are ready ( Yeah! ), and the conference...
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