Visual Studio 2010 Architecture Tooling Guidance

The Visual Studio ALM Rangers has just released the first version of a Visual Studio 2010 architecture tooling guidance. I’ve spent some time reviewing the content and I like the practical approach taken to explain good practices around these new capabilities in Visual Studio.

From the project’s release notes:

“This release includes common usage scenarios, hands on labs and lessons learnt from the community discussions. The scenarios include understanding and reverse engineering an existing solution or starting a new solution from scratch. These are both common challenges that any dev lead or architect faces. The intent is not to give you an in-depth tour of the product features, but to present you with examples that show how these tools can support you in real world scenarios, and to provide you with practical guidance and checklists. This guidance is focused on practical ways of effectively using Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate and other tools to create a new or revised design as part of application lifecycle management.”

Apart from a Q&A document the guidance also contains the following Hands-On-Labs (HOLs):

  • New Solution Scenario (HOL)
  • Explore an Existing System Scenario (HOL)
  • Creating extensions with the feature extension (HOL)
  • Extensibility Layer Diagrams (HOL)
  • Reusable Architecture (HOL)
  • Validating an Architecture (HOL)

Visit http://vsarchitectureguide.codeplex.com/ to read more and to download the guidance.

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