Stuart Kent - Building developer tools at Microsoft - @sjhkent
Back from holiday (in Cyprus, 30 degrees C, very relaxing thanks), and as I suggested might happen in my previous entry, I see that Jean-Marc has blogged about DSL Tools in VS2010 Beta2: We released the DSL SDK for Visual Studio Beta2 this morning.
As mentioned in this post, the UML designers in VS2010 Ultimate now come with a set of APIs that makes them easy to extend. I see that Peter Provost has now posted the first of a series of articles (going by the title of this one) explaining how to get started: Extending Visual Studio 2010 UML Designers – Part 1- Getting Started.
I’m lending my support to a research project which is trying to assess the effectiveness of MDE. The project is being led by Jon Whittle, who’s now a professor at the University of Lancaster in the UK. Details of the project can be found at http://www.comp.lancs.ac.uk/~eamde. Personally, I’m hoping this project will not only shed some light on whether or not MDE is effective (I’ve heard enough hearsay evidence to suggest that it is in some situations), but more importantly what are the factors that contribute to it’s effectiveness, and are these factors unique to MDE or do they come into play whatever software development methodology you use.
The project is just starting up and Jon and his team would now like to interview people with experience of applying MDE (Model Driven Engineering) techniques in practice. The interviews will take no more than 30 minutes and be conducted by phone. If you are interested, please could you contact Jon, or his associate John Hutchinson, giving some indication of your affiliation and experience in applying MDE techniques. Contact details can be found at the above link.
There’s also an online survey which you can fill out: http://www.comp.lancs.ac.uk/~eamde/site/content_survey.php.
Thanks in advance for helping.