With the upcoming release of Visual Studio 2005, there's a ton of new functionality around Visual design and validation of connected systems. The article available at http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/default.aspx?pull=/library/en-us/dnvs05/html/DisSysDesSt.asp does a good job of laying out the vairous components like the Application Designer (AD), the Logical Datacenter Designer (LDD), the System Designer (SD), and the Deployment Designer (DD).

As always, we're curious to hear your views of these products/technologies and how they're being used on US Federal Government work.

--Darryl