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"Top-down" design with Visual Studio Team System 2010


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"Top-down" design is an approach that the Visual Studio Architect team is enabling with their upcoming release, Visual Studio Team System 2010. In this "humanized screencast" we asked Mark Groves, senior program manager, to show us a demonstration of the new UML designers the team is building and how this can be applied to a "top-down" approach when building software.

This "Humanized Screencast" is best viewed at fullscreen using the high-quality WMV download.


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  • Wow, thanks Mark for the quick overview of the designers and how they interact with one another. Great Demo Smiley

    Bob Hanson
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    Thanks ... I'm testing it out now.

  • Rational XDE had the same funtionality years ago, on the other hand we expected the diagrams to be more appealing, not a black and white. Moreother, Microsoft is confusing us, sometimes, UML, sometimes, UML is nonsense!!

    BTW, Where are the Application Designer, Deployment, Data Center and System Diagraming tools? does anybody is really using them seriously in previous version of VSTS?

  • Hello Tareq,

    Thanks for the feedback.  I can't say much about our past support of UML, but I can say we are committed to UML going forward.  Microsoft has joined the Object Management Group (OMG) and is working to influence the future of the specification to make it valuable to .Net developers.  Any feedback you have on our Beta 1 product would be great, we are still working on visual improvements, if you have ideas, we would love it.

    We have decided to not ship the Distributed System Designers in 2010, several of the scenarios that we did find customers utilizing with those designers are covered by the UML designers we are shipping.  There are other scenarios we may not be able to cover in this release, but hope to fill the gap based on customer feedback.




  • Hi Mark,

    Can you say something more about the "Implement in class diagram" feature ? Maybe I'm wrong but I didn't find this feature in the Beta1 Sad



  • Hi Jeff,

    You are correct we pulled that feature out of Beta 1, but we planning to provide a rich code generation feature set using our built in extensibility. 


  • João Madeirajpm



    I noticed you used the 2008 version of VS Team Editon and you have the modeling project template available. I also have that version of visual studio but I don't have that template available. Is your version a special release?



  • Hello,


    The video was produced with an early version of Visual Studio 2010, basically before it started looking different than 2008.  You can download our Beta 1 release to see all of what I presented.



  • Seeing this makes me so happy. I'm an avid modeler and have been waiting years to see this integrated into VS by Microsoft. I just can't wait!


    Sometimes I feel jealous about it too, because now many developers will have ubiquitous modeling tools within Visual Studio... It's like when your favorite band hits the big time... /sigh



  • Hello,


    Thanks a lot for this video.


    To me, being able to design in UML without being able to generate code or reverse engineering is like having a car with no wheels. The tool could be very nice, I mean very very nice... A lamborghini with no wheel is totally useless !!!


    For the moment we are loosing our very precious time looking for something that just don't do what it should do !!!! $!#/?&%* !!!


  • Mortada Babekr Mortada Babekr

    Ohhooo good
    thanks ths is Great

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