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  • Blog Post: Visualizing work item graphs in VS2010

    In Visual Studio 2010, released today, there is a new visualization tool which, in-the-box allows you to generate a quick graphical view of your code, amongst other things. Chris Lovett was a key architect of this tool, and has some great blogs about it’s features and how to get the most out of it. See...
  • Blog Post: Talking about architect tools at VS2010 launch

    Visual Studio 2010 and .Net 4.0 launches today across the world, and I have the pleasure of giving a talk tomorrow at the UK Tech Days event in London as part of a set of deep dive sessions into the new release. For details see http://www.microsoft.com/uk/techdays/daydev.aspx . I’m going to be demonstrating...
  • Blog Post: Empirical assessment of the efficacy of MDE: Can you help?

    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...
  • Blog Post: Most influential paper award

    Life can throw up surprises, some nasty some rather pleasant. Well this week I received an email which was a pleasant surprise. A paper I co-wrote ten years ago, when I was a researcher before joining Microsoft, just received an award from the VL/HCC conference series: Most Influential Paper from approximately...
  • Blog Post: News from code generation 2009

    I’m at the Code Generation 2009 conference in Cambridge, which started yesterday. Numbers are a little down on last year, but not much. Attendance is mostly from industry, with some academics. As usual it’s stuffed full of people with tons of experience in building code generators and languages to drive...
  • Blog Post: Speaking at Code Generation 2009

    I’m speaking at the Code Generation 2009 conference in Cambridge in June on the topic of Code-Centric or Model-Centric – Approaches to developing software . Jean-Marc is also speaking on What’s new in the DSL Tools and T4 in Visual Studio 2010 . I’m really looking forward to going to this conference...
  • Blog Post: Vs2008 version of Dsl Book Samples

    We've finally converted all the samples for our book on Domain Specific Development for VS2008. They can be downloaded from www.domainspecificdevelopment.com .
  • Blog Post: More rapid deployment of VS extensions

    Over on Deep's blog I came across the following comment to his post on Tools for Tools . I had looked at creating a DSL for one of our projects a while ago, and in the end decided against it because the deployment was too complicated. In particular, here is how I want deployment to work: In...
  • Blog Post: Great posting on distributed development

    One of my colleagues (thanks Blair) pointed me at this: http://blogs.msdn.com/eric_brechner/archive/2008/02/01/so-far-away-distributed-development.aspx Our team is distributed between the US and UK and many of the points mentioned ring true in our experience. Eric stresses the need to maintain...
  • Blog Post: Other talks involving DSL Tools at TechEd Europe

    Yesterday I posted about VSX talks at TechEd Europe, including one I'm giving on DSL Tools. I forgot to mention a couple of other talks involving the use of DSL Tools in software factories. Jezz Santos gives the details . Unfortunately Jezz can't be there himself, but Don Smith , from patterns and...
  • Blog Post: Graphical design of cuncurrent applications

    I was sent email by Alastair McKeeman from Connective Logic Systems, a UK based company. They've done some cool work on tools to build concurrent apps targeted at multi-core processors. They have a graphical designer hosted in Visual Studio, implemented using DSL Tools. Take a look at http://www.connectivelogic...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Moves Ahead with Software Modeling

    That's the title of an article in e-week reporting on an interview with Soma . Thanks to Gareth and Pedro for pointing this out. When I joined Microsoft four and half years ago, I left a career as a reasearcher in model driven development to join a company that was not recognized as a player in this...
  • Blog Post: Talking at Dev Days in Amsterdam

    I'm giving a talk on Extending Visual Studio with tools for Model Driven Development at Dev Days in Amsterdam on Thursday June 14th. I should be there for the whole day on Thursday (my talk is at the end of the day), so if you want to meet just contact me through this blog. I'm looking forward...
  • Blog Post: DSL Tools documentation now available on MSDN...

    ..at the link http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa396774.aspx This is actually the documentation for our version 1 release which will be available soon as part of the Visual Studio 2005 SDK version 3 release - see http://blogs.msdn.com/stuart_kent/archive/2006/08/31/733372.aspx . Note that...
  • Blog Post: Storyboarding tool integrated with team system

    A while back I posted about how useful I find storyboards in the specification process. Now there's a tool integrated with VSTS for doing storyboarding. Check it out at http://www.stpsoft.co.uk/story/ .
  • Blog Post: Jos Warmer on small models

    Here is a great post from Jos Warmer over on the DSL Tools forum. He makes some good arguments. Please add your own opinions to the discussion. We'll definitely take note as we think about the next set of features...
  • Blog Post: DLinq Designer

    Goto http://msdn.microsoft.com/data/ref/linq/ and download the latest CTP of LINQ. There you'll find a designer for DLINQ that's hosted in Visual Studio. Anything look familiar? Wondering what tools were used to build it? If you haven't guessed by now, here'e another hint: http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio...
  • Blog Post: Sam has started blogging

    Sam Guckenheimer has started blogging - http://blogs.msdn.com/sam/ Sam is the chief product planner for Visual Studio Team System. He's also just written a book about it.
  • Blog Post: VSTS Work Item Type designer

    Darren just IM'ed me to say that he had put out his first preview of the work item type designer he's been building with DSL Tools. See http://blogs.msdn.com/darrenj/archive/2006/03/20/555821.aspx
  • Blog Post: Japanese translation of Software Factories book

    Another belated announcement. The Japanase translation of the Software Factories book is now available: http://bpstore.nikkeibp.co.jp/nsp/special/0472x/
  • Blog Post: Belated announcement of February CTP of DSL Tools

    I've been so immersed in getting V1 DSL Tools out the door, that I see I haven't posted a blog entry yet this year. I'm also very late in telling you about the new release of DSL Tools. The main purpose of this release was to integrate DSL Tools into the VS SDK, which it now is. There's also a significant...
  • Blog Post: Seven stages of models

    There aren't really seven, but it makes for a good title (look up "seven stages shakespeare" if you're feeling puzzled at this point.) Anyway, I've been watching a debate between Harry , Gareth and now Steven , on the process of building models, including how alike or unalike that is to programming...
  • Blog Post: The ideal tool...

    Just noticed this little nugget over on Steven's blog at MetaCase (just gloss over the blatant marketing): "Obviously the ideal tool would be as fast and powerful to use as MetaEdit+, and have its maturity, but also have the extensibility of Microsoft's DSL Tools, without crashing into the customization...
  • Blog Post: Automating tedious tasks (2)

    In my last entry I talked about how to go about automating tedious tasks for developers. Of course, developers are not the only people involved in software development. What about automating stuff for everyone else? Part of my job involves project management, and recently I've experienced the joy...
  • Blog Post: Automating tedious tasks

    I've just added a new byline to my blog: automating tedious tasks . A complaint often levelled at Software Factories is that it will turn developers into automatons, just pushing buttons to drive the factory to do all the clever stuff. I think the exact opposite is the case. The point of technologies...
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