Visual Studio 2010: How to extend the architecture tools

During Visual Studio 2010 planning, the Visual Studio team suffered the same thing that every development team suffers during planning: they had a ton of features they wanted to add and only so much time.  When it became obvious that they had to cut features, they decided to invest in an extensible infrastructure so they…

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Visual Studio 2010: How to understand the domain using UML designers

Visual Studio 2010 can help you understand your problem domain so that you are more likely to solve the right problem.  An excellent tool to accomplish this understanding is UML (Unified Modeling Language).  The standard notation of UML is an effective way to share diagrams among project stakeholders and ensure that everyone is on the…

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Visual Studio 2010: How to maintain control of your code using Layer Diagrams, custom MSBuild tasks, and work item integration

Over time, code starts to “smell bad” or “rot”.  It evolves in ways that it wasn’t originally intended to evolve, and little hacks are sometimes made.  VS 2010 fights this software atrophy via automation and integration with the overall application lifecycle, which will help you maintain control of your code.  One powerful tool at your…

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Visual Studio 2010: How to understand your code using Dependency Graphs, Sequence Diagrams, and the Architecture Explorer

Have you ever had to work with a legacy codebase?  Designing new functionality on existing applications can be daunting.  There are always differences between the original design and the current implementation.  The new Architecture tools within Visual Studio 2010 help you to understand the application you have, design new functionality you need, and validate that…

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Visualization and Architecture Tools in VS2010 – Cameron Skinner Tour Summary

From April 26-30, Cameron Skinner toured through Detroit, Cleveland, Columbus, Louisville, and Memphis, speaking about the new visualization, modeling, and architecture tools in Visual Studio 2010.  During this tour, Cameron met with customers during the day and spoke at user groups in the evenings.  Over 5 days, we visited 5 cities, drove 1336 miles, and…

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