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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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    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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    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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    John Stallo talks about Class Designer

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    Josh Ledgard, PM in Visual Studio recently interviewed John (PM for Class Designer). The video for the first part of the interview can be viewed here (Channel 9). I really liked the intro text Josh had written to the video: I've now done a few interviews...
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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 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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    MSDN Webcast on Class Designer

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    We had quite a few people attend the webcast. If you missed it you can view it from here . Thanks, Ramesh.
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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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    June CTP available

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    For more information about this CTP and see if you really want to install it, see this post in Rob Caron's blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/robcaron/archive/2005/06/15/429278.aspx I'll add that this build should have the option to show method signatures on...
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    Visual Studio Team Edition public chat

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    There will be a public chat on June 15th between 8 and 9 a.m PST where team members from class designer as well as application designer, logical datacenter designer, and deployment designer will be available to answer any questions you may have on these...
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    Converting Beta 1 class diagrams to Beta 2 format

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    If you have created class diagrams using Visual Studio Beta 1, they will not open in Beta 2. However, since the class diagram files persistence format is XML, Oleg from the Class Designer team has created a stylesheet to convert these diagrams to Beta...
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    Visual Studio 2005 Class Designer Forum

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    The class designer newsgroup is now replaced by the Class Designer Forum . This is a technical forum to ask and answer questions regarding class designer. Cheers, Ramesh.
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    MSDN Class Designer Webcast

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    John Stallo and I will be hosting a webcast on MSDN this Friday from 11 PM to 12 noon PST. We will cover some of the features not covered in the previous presentations, channel 9 videos like resiliency of class diagrams in team scenarios, using class...
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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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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 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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    C++ Support in Class Designer

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    Thanks for your feedback/comments on this decision. As I mentioned, this was a very difficult decision we had to make. Remember, when we started this project, we could have very well said we are not going to support C++ and spent our resources on other...
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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 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 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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