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  • Blog Post: Sprinkling the MEF fairy dust on DSLs

    We’ve been enjoying injecting MEF extension points in our tools to make it easy for customers to write extensions using very simple code. Jean-Marc has just posted a sample demonstrating how MEF-enable your own DSL so you too can add MEF extension points for customers. See http://blogs.msdn.com/jmprieur...
  • Blog Post: Tech Days in London

    Writing this as I come back from speaking at Tech Days in London, in a series of deep dive sessions following the launch of VS2010. The venue was a cinema in Fulham Broadway. The place was full (between 500 and 600 people), indeed over-subscribed. I understand that some folks who turned up were turned...
  • Blog Post: VS2010 Visualization and Modeling SDK

    It’s great to see that the RTM version of the Visualization and Modeling SDK is also available at the launch and release of Visual Studio 2010. For details check out http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/vsvmsdk . See also Jean-Marc’s announcement of this. As well as the DSL Tools which has been much improved...
  • Blog Post: What went wrong with my demo at the Architect Insight Conference

    I recently gave a talk at the Microsoft Architect Insight Conference held in London recently. I gave a demo of the visualization and modeling tools in Visual Studio 2010, and received some very positive feedback about the tools from a number of those attending. In the final part of my demo, I showed...
  • 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: Extending UML designers in VS2010 Beta2

    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...
  • Blog Post: Jean-Marc blogs about DSL Tools in VS2010 Beta2

    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 .
  • Blog Post: IMS Locks Sample for VS DSL Tools 2010 Beta1

    I see that Jean-Marc has just posted another sample on the DSL Tools Code Gallery landing page , this time about the new IMS Locks capability. This allows you to make some parts of your models read-only, which is good for situations where some users (say an architect) are allowed to make changes to some...
  • Blog Post: ModelBus Adapters Project Template

    Jean-Marc has just posted a ModelBus Adapters project template on the Visual Studio Gallery . This template makes it easy to a modelbus adapter and adapter manager to your own DSL, which exposes your DSL for reference and access from other DSLs. This compliments the sample recently posted, as described...
  • Blog Post: DSL Tools VS2010 Beta1: ModelBus Sample

    One of the most common asks from customers of the DSL Tools has been support for integrating models and designers, that is the ability to have models of the same or different DSL cross-reference one another, and the ability to write simple code that exploits these cross-references to implement interesting...
  • Blog Post: Much simpler deployment of DSLs in VS2010

    In Visual Studio 2010 you’ll find a new extension manager that makes it much easier to package and deploy extensions to Visual Studio. Pedro has more information: Early Buzz on the VS SDK and Extension Manager , Introducing VS Extension Manager . We’ve exploited this to deploy DSL Tools. Gone has the...
  • Blog Post: T4 Roundup

    Gareth has been posting a lot about T4 over the past few months. In case you missed it, here’s a roundup of all his posts, in chronological order. Lots there to get your teeth into. Fun use of T4 to generate strongly-typed web navigation More general-purpose T4 goodness Hanselman gives T4 some love Another...
  • Blog Post: Migrating DSLs to VS2010 Beta1

    When we released DSL Tools for VS2008, the migration story from VS2005 was not great: basically we provided a sheet of manual instructions which led to a fragile and long-winded experience. This time we’ve done a lot better. In the VS2010 DSL SDK Beta1 you’ll find a migration tool that converts your...
  • Blog Post: DSL Tools for Visual Studio 2010

    It seems that my blog entries and those of some of my colleagues ( Steve , Jean-Marc , Gareth ) are like London buses: you wait for ages and then three come at once. And I’m definitely the worst offender – that bus which breaks down all the time. Anyway, the reason why we’ve been so lax is that we’ve...
  • Blog Post: Back with Team Architect

    As Cameron blogged in Visual Studio Team System 2010 Architecture: Prologue , the DSL Tools team have recently moved back to Team Architect from the Visual Studio Platform team. We’ve been working increasingly closely with Team Architect since they renewed their focus on building VS modeling tools integrated...
  • Blog Post: Teach yourself DSL Tools

    Jean-Marc has just posted a lab on code gallery, which provides a fully worked, step-by-step example of creating a DSL from scratch. If you're new to DSL Tools, or want to teach others how to use them, then you may find this useful. Nearly forgot the link. It's at: http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/DSLToolsLab
  • Blog Post: Chinese version of DSL Book published

    Our colleagues in China have been busy translating our DSL Book into Chinese. It's taken 6 months and 9 translators. See http://blogs.msdn.com/stbcblog/archive/2008/07/24/Domain-Specific-Development-with-Visual-Studio-DSL-Tools.aspx for the story. The translation is available for sale online .
  • Blog Post: VSX Developer Conference

    We're holding our first Visual Studio Extensibility Developer conference in September. See http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vsx/cc676517.aspx for details, including information on how to sign up.
  • 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: Book on VS Extensibility

    I've just seen in the VSX newsletter that there is a book on Visual Studio Extensibility soon to be published. Details on http://nayyeri.net/ .
  • Blog Post: Quan started blogging about VSX

    Quan is a new (and, I should say, very productive) PM on the VS Ecosystem Team. He's now started blogging about VSX stuff, and good posts there are too. If your new to VSX then the following post might help you get into it. He's included both VB and C# versions of the code: Building your own Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: Sample of hosting a DSL in the VS2008 isolated shell

    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...
  • Blog Post: Help with using the VS2008 Shell

    Pablo has written a series of posts that should be of help to anyone thinking of hosting their applications in the VS2008 shell: Customizing a VS Shell application Integrating a VS Package with a VS Shell application VS Shell application deployment Creating a bootstrapper for a VS Shell...
  • Blog Post: Three things to know when using Visual Studio 2008 DSL Tools

    In preparing for my presentation at TechEd , I got a chance to try out a couple of new things with DSL Tools on VS2008: The T4 editor from our friends over at Clarius, available at http://www.t4editor.net/ . I installed the VS2008 beta 2 version on a VS2008 release candidate and it seemd to work...
  • Blog Post: DSL Tools beyond VS2008

    I promised a while ago to publish a roadmap for what we're doing with DSL Tools, post VS2008. Now that VS2008 and the VS2008 SDK have just shipped (thanks Gareth for providing a post which points at both announecements) now seems a good time honour that promise. There are two main themes in how we...
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