Using our newsgroup with an nntp client

We’ve set up a newsgroup for discussion of our DSL Tools – microsoft.private.whidbey.teamsystem.workshop.dsltools.   You can read this on the web, but if you want to read it using an NNTP client, you’ll need to connect to our private news server.  Buck Hodges has the instructions you need.

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Get hold of the bits…

You can find my team’s MSDN site here and download the first technical preview of our toolset here.  In this download, you’ll find the object model editor (or metamodel editor, or domain model editor, or Corona prefixed to any of the preceding – we’re not what you’d call settled on naming just now).  This tool is…

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Snapshots of our toolset and its output

The ever-up-to-the-minute Harry has a couple of snapshots of the first design experience that’s part of our toolset, the object model designer for specifying the underlying conceptual model of your visual language:     and a snapshot of the sort of designer we can currently build directly from a model like this plus declarative definitions…

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We’re out in the open – what tools are you going to build?

Finally we’ve announced the toolset that we’re building and we’re all off the leash to talk rather more openly.  You can read more about the announcement with Keith, Stuart, Steve and Harry.  Rob has a summary of the coverage over on the Team System page.   So we’re building a toolset to allow customers, systems integrators,…

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Red is for tomatoes, green is for peppers, blue is for … giraffes?

In my last post, I talked about a couple of the ways I commonly use coloured pens on the whiteboard.  A similar but subtly different use is for a different colour to signify a wholly different metamodel.  There I go, I’ve used the “m” word for the first time in my blog.  Now, I REALLY dislike the…

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On coloured pens

I’ve been mulling over some more of the things that make a whiteboard so useable to me and how some of the ideas might apply to a future generation of modeling tools. One thing that struck me especially forcefully is the way I use multiple coloured pens – and no, I don’t mean sniffing them! A…

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On distributing my office whiteboard

OK, I’m actually going to talk about the modelling user experience for the first time.I did promise that this would be the subject of my blog and I’ve been a bit lax in getting around to the subject… I think there’s wide agreement that sketching on the whiteboard is one of the primary scenarios for modelling.  If…

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More modeling blogs

Several colleagues from my team are also running modeling-related blogs: Keith Short (http://blogs.msdn.com/keith_short) – on modeling, Visual Studio Team System 2005 and software factories Stuart Kent (http://blogs.msdn.com/stuart_kent) – on approaches to model driven architectures Alan Cameron Wills (http://blogs.msdn.com/Alan_Cameron_Wills) – on domain specific languages Ramesh Rajagopal (http://blogs.msdn.com/r.ramesh) – on the Class Designer in Visual Studio Team…


Modeling User Experiences, APIs and Tools

Hi, I’m Gareth Jones and I’m a developer in the architect team within the Visual Studio Team System group.  I’m currently working on tooling and APIs for modeling.  Previously within Microsoft, I’ve worked in a bunch of different roles, from building bespoke enterprise applications to dev consulting for ISVs and being the dev lead for…

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