The DSL Beta1 SDK is out!

Well lots of announcements this week with the VS Beta coming out… so here’s one more: The Visual Studio 2010 DSL SDK Beta1 is available for download! This one is near and dear to me because I’ve worked on DSL Tools in the past, and it’s wonderful to see another toolkit out for Beta1. So, if you’re a…

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T4 Editor Beta Released

The folks at Clarius have an update to their T4 template editor. They’re now in Beta. It’s a very useful editor for anyone doing large amounts of T4 template editing with good factoring of template code vs script and color coding of keywords.

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DSL Tools Forum Moved

In case you’re looking for the DSL Tools forum and can’t find it at its last location, it has moved into the VSX (stands for Visual Studio Extensibility 🙂 forum, so you can ask your DSL-related questions there. And, here’s the new link: http://forums.microsoft.com/MSDN/ShowForum.aspx?ForumID=57&SiteID=1.

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Microsoft Moves Ahead with Software Modeling

There’s an interesting story in eWeek about Microsoft’s work on Software Modeling. A lot of discussion about the future, but DSL Tools is really the present and the tip of the spear for a lot of the work that Microsoft is doing in software modeling. As the DSL runtime evolves we’ll get more functionality that…

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DSL Designer for WIX

Mark passed around a link to a cool new DSL that lets you generate the WIX for a setup project from a diagram (or model) of your set of applications. This looks like a really cool use of DSL Tools, and it’s on CodePlex for anyone that wants to have a look… This got me…

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T4 Editor by Clarius

Clarius has recently released their latest version of a T4 template editor – something quite useful for those DSL authors doing very much code generation. The editor includes: –          Syntax coloring –          Intellisense/Code completion –          Collapsible regions of code blocks –          Design-time preview of your transformation with dynamic properties support through the Properties window.  


DSL Tools for Orcas

In case you’ve all been wondering what has been happening with DSL Tools since v1 shipped, we’ve been working on getting it into the Orcas releases. The DSL runtime is now in the VS box itself, so it’s no longer necessary to install the runtime with your designers. And, the new runtime has been in…


DSL Designer Screenshots

Kristoffer, a UI designer working with the DSL Tools team, recently posted a screen shot and some questions about the new DSL Designer that we’re working on. If you’d like a sneak peek, have a look. Also, if you have any comments for him about the new design, leave him a comment.

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New DSL: VSTS Work Item Type Designer

Darren Jefford just posted about the Work Item Type Designer that he’s been working on for a while. This designer was built using early versions of the DSL Toolkit, and now he’s updating it to the Feb CTP. On the bright side, there was a lot of custom code that he no longer needed because…

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Using Gaston’s T4 Editor with GAT

Gaston recently posted how to use his T4 template editor to work with GAT (Microsoft’s Guidance Automation Toolkit) templates. DSL Tools and GAT both use the T4 text templating engine, so if you learn to write templates in one, you can use that knowledge for the other. And, now, you can use Gaston’s T4 editor…