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    Class Designer in Whidbey and UML

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    The Class Designer is not a UML tool but uses the UML notation where it makes sense. The primary audience for this tool is the Visual Studio developer. The underlying meta-model behind the Class Designer is the CLR Type System and not the UML meta-model...
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    Class Designer Feature in Whidbey

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    Hello. My name is Ramesh Rajagopal. I am part of the team that is building the Class Designer - a very cool tool in Whidbey. The class designer tool lets you create Class Diagrams for the static structures in your Visual Studio projects and assemblies...
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    What do you miss the most in Class Designer?

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    It has been a couple of months since we shipped Visual Studio 2005 Beta1. A lot of customers have started looking into Class Designer. The initial response has been great. We have also been getting great feedback on features that customers would like...
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    Visual Studio 2005 Class Designer will not support the C++ language

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    Today we announced that support for C++ in the Class Designer has been cut. There were several tools in C++ that required attention – for example support for Intellisense, Project System, Build System, Class Diagramming, etc. We believed that we will...
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    Class Designer: What's new in Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2?

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    There are some really cool features coming online in Class Designer Beta 2 - automatic layout of the diagram, ability to export diagram as an image, display collection associations, display member types, ability to auto adjust the width of the shapes...
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    Feedback on size of Class Diagrams

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    I would like to get feedback on the typical number of shapes you have in a class diagram - is it 10, 25, 50, 100 that you'll be actively using? The reason for this is that we want to optimize the performance for a typical class diagram while you are in...
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    Editing Code through Class Diagrams

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    Currently the Class Designer allows you to edit the diagram (and thereby the code) through in-place editing of type and member names on the diagram. The Class Details Window lets you edit other properties of type members (fields, properties, methods and...
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    A class diagram image

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    Keith Short , one of the architects in our team, just beat me to putting a Class Diagram image out. You can see a screenshot of the diagram here .
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    Collection associations in Class Designer

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    In Beta1, Class Designer supported visualizing association relationships between two types where one type contained a field or a property whose data type is that of the second type. For example, if you had a class Customer with a property whose data type...
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    Class Designer availability

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    Class Designer will be availabe on all Visual Studio Editions Standard and above. There seems to be some confusion that Class Designer will only be available in Team Architect and Team Dev SKUs, so we wanted to make it clear that it is not the case. However...
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    Class Designer Web Chat Transcripts now available

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    The web chat transcripts are now available at http://msdn.microsoft.com/chats/transcripts/vstudio/vstscdqa_020205.aspx . Thanks, Ramesh.
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    Class Designer Team Blog

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    We have now set up a class designer team blog where various members of the class designer team will be posting articles regularly on class designer. Here is the link to that blog. The first installment is from John Stallo, our Program Manager. This article...
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    Class Designer Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 - Export Diagram as Image, Display Member Types

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    The image I created for my earlier post on the auto layout feature in Beta 2 was created using the "Export Diagram as Image" feature coming online in Class Designer Beta 2. This is also another feature that was highly requested by customers. When you...
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    Thanks!

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    Thanks for your participation in the web chat. The turnout was great! There were some great suggestions and feedback. We hope to have more such chats in the future. Cheers, Ramesh.
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    John Stall interview Part 2

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    Part 2 of John Stallo's interview with Josh Ledgard can be seen here . Ramesh.
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    Interview with John Part 3

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    Part 3 of the interview with John is now available here . In this one he talks about the various challeges building a V1 feature, what went into the decision making process and role of customers in guiding the design of the product and its future direction...
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    Class Designer Power Toys for Visual Studio 2005

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    We’ve published a set of set of add-ins which augments existing functionality in the Visual Studio 2005 Class Designer, Here is the link to the download site. This only works with the Beta 2 build. It has some cool features like Pan/Zoom Window, MSDN...
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    Visual Studio Team System Public MSDN Chat

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    Come and join members from the Visual Studio Team System product group to discuss features available in Visual Studio Architect, Developer and Tester editions and Team Foundation Server. There will be experts on hand to answer your questions, so we hope...
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    The past few months...

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    The past few months, well, it'll be almost a year in November, I have been living in Shanghai, China. As you may have heard, Developer Division has started a development center here. I moved here to build a team for developing features for Visual Studio...
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    Class Designer Powertoys for VS 2008

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    Someone pointed out that the link I provided for the powertoys is no longer valid. This is because we have moved all the shared projects from GotDotNet to CodePlex. You will now be able to download the Class Designer Powertoys for VS 2008 from http...
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    Visual Studio Team Architecture's Shanghai connection

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    As I had mentioned a few months ago, I moved to Shanghai a couple of years back to start a new engineering team for VS Team Architecture. Now that we have announced the product at PDC and have released a CTP version of the product I'll start sharing some...
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    Expressing relationships between types

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    John, our PM is collecting feedback on the need and value of visualizing relationships other than inheritance and associations on class diagrams in the class designer team blog . Your perspective on this is very much appreciated. Cheers, Ramesh.
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    Class Designer and Productivity

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    In his blog, Modeling as a Productivity Enhancer in Visual Studio Team System , Barry raises excellent points regarding the areas where the Class Designer can really help developer productivity in the code generation scenarios. I couldn't agree more....
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    Short lived and long lived Class Diagrams

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    While building the Class Designer we envisioned two scenarios where a developer would create a class diagram for an existing project. In the first scenario, the diagrams are short-lived. In this case, a developer may want to gain understanding of some...
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    More info about Class Designer on MSDN

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    Sorry it has been a bit busy the last few weeks getting ready for the Beta 1 release of Visual Studio 2005. Thanks for the great feedback everyone. There is a whitepaper on Class Designer published in MSDN. Here is the link to the article. Cheers,...
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