• Keith Short's Blog

    Whitehorse Class Designer

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    I had promised last week that I would post some screen shots of the Whitehorse Class Designer tool. Here is one. Notice that this diagram would be familiar to anyone used to UML notation. However, it is not a UML Class Diagram, but a visualization...
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    UML and DSLs Again

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    I’m often asked by audiences, visitors to Microsoft and journalists to explain our position with respect to UML (e.g. VSLive! Interview ). Many people who read our views on model driven development, as described in these postings and other places...
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    Software Factory Elevator Story

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    To start the ball rolling, I thought I’d write down the Software Factory elevator story. People are always asking us “Can you please just quickly summarize what one is?” That’s right, boil down a 600 page book, and thousands of words in white papers and...
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    Whitehorse Service Designer

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    Posting the screen shot of the Whitehorse Class Designer last week gave us some useful feedback and generated some discussion. I thought today I’d post a screen shot of another of the Whitehorse Designers – the one currently known as the Distributed...
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    Model Based Software Development Tools from Microsoft

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    Hello, My name is Keith Short , and I’m an Architect in the Visual Studio Enterprise Tools Group. I’m responsible for driving Microsoft’s model based development tools initiative. Some of you may have seen the first evidence of...
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    DSL's and MDA

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    Well, the last two weeks have been quite busy. Earlier this week I was at the Microsoft Western Region Strategic Architects Forum - a gathering of top Architects from a couple of hundred companies invited by Microsoft to discuss enterprise architecture...
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    Software Factories

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    This week I’ve been working on a paper that we’ll publish in Software Development magazine that explains, at least very briefly, how Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) will support the first step forward for our concept of software factories...
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    Microsoft's Modeling Strategy

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    My team has written a document that explains Microsoft’s Modeling Strategy and addresses a number of FAQ’s we get from customers and partners. The outline is: Why Modeling? How Are DSLs Used in Model-Driven Development? What About UML? What About MDA...
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    Oslo and the DSL Toolkit

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    I’ve received a number of questions concerning the relationship of Oslo to the Visual Studio DSL Toolkit. Comments have varied from the sublime (see David Ing’s comment on his blog “ My best guess is that the DSL Toolkit is research road kill in front...
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    Report from OOPSLA

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    We’re into our third day here at OOPSLA. On Monday, Jack Greenfield , Steve Cook and I delivered our full-day tutorial as I described in my last posting. I think it was received well by those who attended – based on chats we had with those who shared...
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    Articles on DSLs and Generative Development Approaches

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    It seems that others are coming to many of the same conclusions that we have reached concerning modeling languages and development approaches in which they can be utilized effectively. In their article here in David Frankel’s excellent MDA Journal...
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    Whitehorse is Part of the Newly Announced Visual 2005 Studio Team System!

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    Well, I can’t believe it’s been a month since my last posting. I will try to do better from now. I have been traveling in Europe and tied up at work, but no excuses are really good enough. This week I am in San Diego at the Tech·Ed 2004...
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    Visual Studio 2005 Team System Session at TechEd 2004

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    The Visual Studio Team System session at TechEd·2004 was a great success. The team did a great job of working through an end-to-end scenario that showed all the new tools working together on a realistic application development. The scenario was based...
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    A Lot of Deadlines ...

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    It’s been pretty crazy around here since I got back from vacation. Apart from the re-entry problems you expect after being away for three weeks, we ran into a problem with the publication of the Software Factories book. The manuscript was just about to...
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    Software Factories & DSLs

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    A couple of interesting items have appeared recently that will be of interest to folks following our stories on Software Factories and DSL’s. I had posted earlier some examples of Software Factories that generated quite a bit of comment from readers....
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    Bill Gates Talks about Whitehorse

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    Well, it's always fun for us in the Product Groups when Bill Gates mentions your project in a speech or news article. Over the last two weeks, I've been working weekends and nights on finalizing a book that had to be sent to meet the publishers deadline...
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    Getting Ready for OOPSLA 2004 in Vancouver, BC.

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    I’m very much looking forward to going to OOPSLA next weekend. Microsoft will be making several major announcements around Software Factories and Domain Specific Languages at both OOPSLA and GPCE ’04 on October 24-28 in Vancouver , British Columbia ....
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    New Website for Software Factories

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    Although I have been lax at blogging again this last month, the team has been extremely busy with the various efforts around Software Factories. In the course of the last few weeks we have opened a new public portal that will become the focus of all activities...
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    A Book for Bill

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    My last posting concerned availability (or otherwise) of the Software Factory book on Amazon. We know the book has been printed, since Jack and I are now proud owners of two of the first three copies hot off the press. As I mentioned in a previous posting...
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    Restarting My Blog

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    It’s been a long time since I wrote to my blog. This posting is my restart. One of the reasons I’ve been so quiet is that I’ve been involved in some start up projects here at Microsoft that we are not yet ready to blog about. These have taken quite a...
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    Propriety of proprietary

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    Just read CSharpeners Blog entry concerning Whitehorse here . I'm glad to see this dialog taking place. The entry was spurred by the article in CNet entitled Microsoft places bet on Whitehorse . I want to pick up on some of the statements made in the...
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    An Article on Software Factories

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    Now that we’re back from TechEd 2004, it’s back to the grind again. I’ve pointed out in other postings that Jack Greenfield and I have authored a book on modern approaches to software development called “Software Factories: Assembling...
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    Report on TechEd 2004 ARC400 Session

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    There’s been quite an interesting discussion that was triggered from the session I gave at TechEd 2004 on our Modeling strategy. The session was coded as ARC400 and covered much of the material I’ve blogged before in these postings. The thread...
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    Examples of Software Factories

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    I have been speaking to customers and partners recently (last week in Japan) about Software Factories and our modeling strategy in general. During those talks, the audience found it useful to see a couple of different Software Factory examples that fall...
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    Steve Cook on Software Factories and DSLs

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    Steve Cook , my colleague based in Cambridge , UK , has just posted a very interesting interview with journalist Matt Nicholson: http://dnjonline.com/article.aspx?ID=mar05_stevecook It comes complete with a rather fetching picture of Steve at his desk...
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