Force VS to garbage collect

Here’s another little gem I’ve got for you. As you probably know, Visual Studio is a big product, with contributions coming from many many different teams, and languages. A big part of Visual Studio is written in managed languages these days, and there are a ton of 3rd party components that you can download and…

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ALM Summit 2010

On November 16-18 here on campus, Microsoft sponsored an event called the “ALM Summit”. The event turned out to be a great success, with three days chalk full of useful presentations / information. You can now see all the presentations, as they were recorded. The main site is here. On this page is a list…

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XMI Export Sample

Steve Cook, a long time architect on my team, has made available a sample that shows how to access the UML meta data in Visual Studio’s  new UML project system and export that data into the OMG’s XMI data format. XMI is the OMG standard used to describe UML meta data for exchange between various…

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A Windows Explorer Gem

I just tripped into this little gem and just couldn’t let this go without telling somebody, ‘cause I could have used this little feature 15 years ago! Ever had to find a file on your machine with the only purpose to determine the absolute location to that file so that you could write some code…

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Need your feedback on Visual Studio 2010

Do you use Visual Studio 2010 everyday? If so, I’d really appreciate it if you could take 5-10 minutes and fill out the following questions found in this survey: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=203459 We’re really trying to get as much feedback as we can in regards to overall performance and stability of the application. As you already know,…

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ALM Summit Nov 16-18

Brian Harry just blogged about a conference we’ll be hosting on the Redmond Microsoft campus this November 16-18th. If you do get a chance, drop by. I’ll be giving a talk about lessons learned and challenges overcome while I led a few product team transformations over to more Agile processes. Find out more about the…

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TIP support for any ADO.NET app

In my last post, I discussed the benefits of the Tier Interaction Profiler found in Visual Studio 2010 Premium. If you are accessing a database via ADO.NET APIs ( which includes the new Entity Framework 4.0 features ), you can get the same benefits from TIP. If you recall, one of the last pages in…

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The Tier Interaction Profiler ( TIP )

There is a little known feature that is part of Visual Studio 2010 Premium edition that I wanted to take a second and let people know about. It is fairly straight forward in its approach, but some of the best features always are! This particular feature is especially helpful when trying to determine why your…

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MSDN Keeps getting better

The documentation on MSDN Library continues to rev, as our hard working User Education folks have been hard at work! Below are some recent updates in the Visualization and Modeling SDK, as well as improvements and additions to our Testing docs and Virtual Lab documentation. The team is making heavy use of diagrammatic visualizations in…

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Final Feature Builder Power Tool Released

The final version of the Feature Builder Power Tool designed to work seamlessly with Visual Studio 2010 has been released to the gallery. Download it from here. There are a number of videos up on channel9 that you can check out to understand what Feature Builder is exactly by clicking on this link. A real…

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