IASA Free Virtual Event - Global Certification Summit

Next Event: "Global Certification Summit - Meet the Leaders" - A Virtual Meeting Date: Oct 9th, 2008 - 9am-10:30pm CST (GMT-6) Architects love to talk about certification. What certifications they need and what certifications they want. But mostly they like to know exactly what certifications are available and how they relate to their career. They want to know what certification is based on, where it came from, who it is for, and how much it costs. They are interested in whether it tests experience, knowledge or both. Well now you can find out about the top certifications in the industry straight from the providers. The IASA is proud to be hosting t... [More]

Microsoft joins the OMG…

Still on vacation but, found a nice Bed & Breakfast this evening with Internet connection. So, time to get updated around the things that are going on past weeks… for those who are interested see pictures below… places I’ve worked so far during vacation. not only work also walked some great trails a lot of playing with Abel and I saw my first whale… [see image] amazing really great, although Abel got seasick… Anyway, the hot ‘modelling news of past week: Microsoft joins the OMG… This is really hot news and re-started the discussion about UML vs DSL again…  Steve Kelly started this discussion actually just before this news with his Microsoft DS... [More]

Vacation Time…

Going to travel with my family around Nova Scotia and Newfoundland for four weeks , so no updates coming month..!    If anyone has some ‘must have seen’ tips.. we haven’t planned anything yet, so post a comment and I will let you know if we managed to get there…

How to create a Visio Importer for Team Architect Rosario

First a small video to show how it works, second some explanation how to do it… Demo… [recorded with camstudio and my birthday present ;-) ] You can download the video from my SkyDrive   How to make one yourself… I think Visio isn’t the only format you want to import so here is a brief explanation how to make your own importer. You have to figure-out what the format is, with Visio that was pretty easy. As you probably have seen in the video I saved the diagrams as VDX “Visio Drawing XML”. So the format I need to read is XML and MSDN made it even more easy for me to understand the structure. see this page on MSDN: Microsoft Office Visio 2007 XML Schema Reference... [More]

08-08-08 a nice day for a birthday party

I’m getting 39 today  [ actually within 2 hours GMT+1, but somewhere in the world it’s already 8-8-8 ]… Bought a present for myself… CubeDesktop

Rosario – Import Visio documents in the diagrams.

Had some fun last weekend and past evenings with Rosario, DSL’s and Visio. When you read the MSDN forums about Visio, Modeling and Tools, Team Architect and Rosario you see that there are often questions about Visio and the need for export functionality… see this search result list and these threads: Visio 2007 XMI Export What is the product direction on Visio for Enterprise Architects? Reverse Engineering with Visio Professional 2007 & Visual Studio Team System 2008 Sequence Diagram in VSTS Rosario April CTP Visio For Enterprise Architects This answers, triggered me: there is no way to export to Visio using the April CTP David is right with his answer. ... [More]

Rosario – Create Custom Team Architect UML Diagram-MenuItems

There are many ways, maybe to many, to extend Visual Studio.  Macros, AddIns, VSPackages, [see: Visual Studio Extensibility Demystified] GAT-GAX, et cetera and now with Rosario we get even more ways with new features like the Architecture Explorer [see Create your own Progression Provider post]. So, we’ve got a lot of ways to add our own functionality. While the Architectural Explorer is more for visualizing the architecture of your applications [or binaries] it is also possible to make executable commands, not really the best place to do that. I think users will get lost when I hide my commands in there, they are used to the current structure of commandbars and mouse-menu items. We a... [More]

Rosario – Project Estimating with Team Architect Diagrams

An idea [and early implementation ] of our “Enable ALM by Automation” vision within Rosario. While VSTS with TFS is great in measuring, time tracking, project planning and other project management kind of tasks it misses the early phase where the project team needs to estimates the project. With Rosario Team Architect this important missing piece in Application Lifecycle Management can be realized, by making an “connected” viewpoint for business estimation and measurement. Project Estimation. I think, I don’t have to talk about why there is a need for project estimation [it would be a very long post], how it’s done and what needs to be in place to do it “right” [is an estimation eve... [More]

Rosario – Create your own Progression Provider

What Progression Providers? I mean those commands in the Architecture Explorer. For example the “Insert into Active Diagram” command which generates a sequence diagram from the selected method or the “Save as XPS…”. And just because Visual Studio is extensible from top to bottom it should be easy to make your own commands.  Why..? Why would you want to create your own Progression provider?  For example, you could make your own “Import from strange format…” or “Export Model to strange format…” commands, XMI for example. I want a command “Generate TestCase…” for this solution Rosario Video - Generate TestCases from ActivityDiagram and I also thinking of changing GAX/GAT ... [More]

Code Generation 2008 MediaFiles

I’m not a conference blogger [ “Tips for conference bloggers” from Bruno Giussani and Ethan Zuckerman]. But, I always make some pictures, movies and notes. These are some of them… Keynote: Matching Supply and Demand: Challenges in Model-Based Code Generation for Quality of Service-Constrained Software Bran Selic (Malina Software Corp.) Interesting thoughts about Platform Independs… Early morning breakfast at the Hotel. Pedro Molina  Experience Report: MDD: Models, frameworks and code generation: some experiences building business software. ... [More]

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