New Team System Stuff – 2004-10-27


Domain-Specific Language Tools & The Software Factories
Vision

During Rick Rashid’s
keynote
at OOPSLA on Tuesday,
Microsoft announced a new framework and tool for building custom visual
designers based on the modeling technology in Visual Studio 2005. This is the
same technology that was used to build the Class Designer and Distributed System
Designers in Visual Studio 2005. These domain-specific language tools are key to
eventually realizing the vision of software
factories
.

Here’s where you can find the official press release:

Microsoft
Grows Partner Ecosystem Around Visual Studio 2005 Team System

New Framework and Tool Streamline Development and Mark
First Step Toward Ecosystem Based on Domain-Specific Designers for Visual
Studio 2005 Team System

And there are quite a few articles from the usual industry news outlets:

Some related blog posts:

Of course, it’s no surprise that there are a few people that aren’t
fully convinced on software factories:

Discussions have started on the topic:

And support from a Visual Studio partner for those using UML:

“Software Factories offer a more specific and simplified approach to
software development than UML and other modeling languages can provide today,”
said Rick LaPlante, general manager for the Visual Studio 2005 Team System at
Microsoft. “However there may be customers who want a more rigorous approach
to visual design, such as UML. For those customers, Borland will be able to
provide a modeling solution that can leverage the best of both worlds.”

We’ll be posting more information soon about the framework and tool in the Visual Studio
Team System workshop
.

OOPSLA Daily Update

Here are a few daily updates from some of the people that are attending
OOPSLA in Vancouver, BC:

RANU for VSTS

Chris Rathjen has a post on his
blog (Running As
Normal User
) about the challenges of enabling people to use Visual
Studio Team System as a normal user (i.e., not as an administrator). One of the
goals we’re trying to achieve in Visual Studio 2005 is to enable users to use
the environment without having to run as an administrator. Of course, running as
an administrator has serious implications and can result in devestating
reprecussions if your computer is compromised while using an account with
administrator access.

Upcoming Events (New
Events
)

Want to hear more about Team System? Here are some upcoming events where
Visual Studio Team System is on the agenda:

NOV 2004

FEB 2005

Got an event you’d like me to include here? Contact me. Otherwise,
I’ll just ditch this feature on 11/2.

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