Upgrade tool and VSVMSDK Available now!

Not only is Visual Studio itself launching today, but a couple of supporting deliverables are also now available that I wanted to make sure you were made aware of. If you created models ( UML, Sequence Diagram RE, or Layer Diagrams ) with the Beta2 version of Visual Studio, or created work item links to…

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Launch Day for VS2010 and .NET Framework 4!!!

As you undoubtedly have heard by now, VS2010 and .NET Framework 4 have officially launched! WooHoo! This is an enormous achievement by literally thousands of men and women here at Microsoft, as well as close partners and friends. Truly an accumulation of multiple years of effort, now being made available today. Makes me tired just…

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Announcing the Preview release of “Feature Builder”

Today we released the Feature Builder Power Tool for Visual Studio 2010 Preview for RC on the Visual Studio Gallery.  This power tool helps you easily create rich Visual Studio extensions which you can share with others on the Visual Studio Gallery. These extensions can include tools (Visual Studio automation), code (your sample code or…

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Visualizing large code bases with VS2010

Chris Lovett has just posted a *great* video on how to manage larger code bases with the new visualization tools in VS2010. He shows techniques on how to use the “Custom…” dialog ( below ) to control how a DGML document is created as well as numerous techniques involving the cascading browser we call the…

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Layer Diagram templates for P&P Architecture Guide

Just wanted to point you all to the availability of a great little VSIX that the Patterns & Practices team has just put up on the VS Gallery. The VSIX, found here, works with the publicly available RC build of VS2010. It adds five Layer Diagram “patterns” that show up in the Layer Diagram toolbox…

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Controlling the DGML Double-Click

You folks are making it quite easy to come up with blog ideas. I just sit and wait for questions to come in. If more than one question comes in on the same topic, I’m going to post it! So here’s another. I’ve recently been asked a few times how to control what happens when…

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Custom Profile Properties

[NOTE: This post is part of a blog series, the start of which is here.]   I got a number of questions around VS2010’s ability to support custom stereotype properties that could be included with a custom profile. Questions ranging from “hey, can I modify existing stereotype properties that you ship in the box?” to…

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Upcoming Talks and WebCast

Wanted to mention a couple of presentations that I am participating in the coming weeks. Next week, I’ll be in Charlotte, NC and Malvern, PA keynoting in two of our many “The Ultimate Event: Visual Studio 2010 & Team Foundation Server 2010” pre-launch events. If you are a developer in the Charlotte or Malvern area,…

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PDC 2009

Realized I haven’t mentioned that I am planning on giving a talk at this year’s PDC. Here’s that abstract: Visualization, UML, and DSLs Cameron Skinner Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2010 Architecture Edition introduces a whole host of new designers and modeling tools to help enterprises and teams build software. UML Diagrams and the Layer…

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Providing Feedback

By now, you’ve pulled down the Beta2 bits and have started exploring. ( No you say? Please check this post for details on how to get the bits…. ) You may have questions, want to express concerns, find bugs and want to report them, or in general just look for more venues where topics specific…

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