Angela Binkowski covered Visual Studio 2010 focusing on the architecture tools at the most recent CAG meeting.  This was a great evening with a lot of lively discussion.  This would have been a great event for people who don’t think that Microsoft listens.  As Angela was doing here presentation she was taking notes to bring back to the product team.

Some of the highlights that I found interesting included:

  • The Layer Diagram is a component or context diagram of sorts.  The nice thing about this document, beyond the fact that we actually have one now, is that you can use it to validate that an application follows the general architecture.
  • Being able to generate diagrams that will show namespace dependencies and create sequence diagrams looks like it will be a real treasure when you are investigating applications that you have to maintain but are not familiar with.

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