Doug Seven

Director of Product Management, Visual Studio

My Final Day at Microsoft

Today is my final day at Microsoft. Over the years I have had the pleasure of pranking someone who works for me. It started when he was a college intern and I would lower his desk one inch a day until he looked like he was sitting at a pre-school desk. Ah the good times… Read more

Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta 2 Now Available

Today Jason Zander announced the immediate availability of Microsoft® Visual Studio® LightSwitch™ Beta 2. If you’ve had any experience with LightSwitch Beta 1, you know that it is the simplest way to create business applications for the desktop and cloud. It is basically a specialized development tool for building a specific kind of application –… Read more

Visual Studio LightSwitch Feature Matrix

  On his blog yesterday, Soma (Sr. VP of Developer Division at Microsoft), announced that Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta 2 will be coming soon. I can tell you, we are really excited about LightSwitch, and apparently you are too (you’ve downloaded over 100,000 copies of Beta 1). One question that comes up a lot is,… Read more

Data Storage in Visual Studio LightSwitch

With the recent release of Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta 1 to MSDN Subscribers, I have gotten a few questions. As questions come in, I’ll do my best to answer them here. One of the first questions I got was about how LightSwitch applications manage and store data source connection information – aka connection strings. Question:… Read more

Myth Busting Visual Studio LightSwitch

Earlier this week, at the VSLive conference in Redmond, WA (on the Microsoft campus) Jason Zander announced a new Visual Studio product that we’ve been working on – Visual Studio LightSwitch – the simplest way to build business applications for the desktop and cloud. This is exciting for us – we’ve been working on this… Read more

Released: Microsoft Visual Studio Scrum 1.0

Today, we released Microsoft Visual Studio Scrum 1.0, a Team Foundation Server process template to support Scrum software development. This release complements the MSF for CMMI Process Improvement and MSF for Agile Software Development process templates. The process template was built from the ground up specifically for Scrum teams. Scrum is becoming a dominant methodology… Read more

The Visual Studio 2010 SharePoint Power Tools are now available!

The Visual Studio team that brought you the SharePoint developer tools in Visual Studio 2010 is happy to announce they have created a set of power tools that make developing SharePoint 2010 sandboxed solutions even easier.  Below is the list of features included in the current release of the power tools. Sandboxed-compatible Visual Web Part… Read more

.NET 4 on Windows Update

Lately there have been a lot of questions about when .NET 4 will be released on Windows Update (WU) and in Windows Server Update Service (WSUS). While I don’t have a specific date to share (yet…stay tuned), I can say that it will be soon (within the next couple of months). Specifically .NET Framework 4… Read more

GeekFest at TechEd 2010 New Orleans

Let’s face it, going to a technical conference is good for your career but it’s not a whole lot of fun. You need an outlet. You need to have fun. Cheap beer and lousy pizza (with a New Orleans twist) We are bringing back GeekFest! Join us at Pat O’Brien’s for a night of gumbo,… Read more

Improving Software Development Across the Lifecycle with Visual Studio 2010—Part 2

In this four part series my goal is to provide you a look at Visual Studio 2010 and highlight how you can use it to improve many aspects of your team-based software development—from planning to coding to testing. While this is not a comprehensive dive into everything Visual Studio 2010 can do, it does give… Read more