Stuart Kent - Software Modeling and Visualization

December, 2007

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    Jobs on our team (in UK and US)

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    Our team is continuing to expand. We now have jobs available in both Redmond (US) and Cambridge (UK). Gareth provides the details.

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    Hiking in the snow

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    I've been visiting Redmond to work with the team over there. I stayed over the weekend and got to go hiking in the snow with Andy Bliven, a developer in Team Architect. We were blessed with a gloriously sunny, but bitterly cold day between two snow storms. First time I've experienced my hair freezing. I'm now looking forward to planning the next expedition with Andy on my next trip. I'm the short one on the left...

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    Sample of hosting a DSL in the VS2008 isolated shell

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    A new sample has been published of a hosting a DSL in the VS2008 isolated shell. See http://www.codeplex.com/storyboarddesigner.

    The isolated shell is a stripped out VS shell who's UI and splash screen you can customize. VS packages, including DSLs, can be hosted in both full VS and in your own customized shell without change. This sample shows how to do this specifically in the case where you want to host a DSL in a custom shell, for example to distribute to a designer to non-developer stakeholders. See the VSX development center for more details.

    This sample shows a storyboarding DSL, which a product manager or business analyst might do to envision the requirements of an application. In addition to demonstrating hosting in the shell, the sample also shows a couple of cool customizations on a DSL, including a very simple approach to linking diagrams, generation of web pages for the storyboard, and export of images off the design surface.

    Here's a screenshot:

    StoryboardDesigner

    Thanks to Clarius for putting this up.

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