Visual Studio Team System 2010 focuses on application quality

David Worthington
September 29, 2008 —  (Page 1 of 3)
Microsoft is making significant strides into ALM with the upcoming Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) 2010 that it says will better enable developers and QA professionals to collaborate and focus on application quality.

The company has not committed to a release date for VSTS 2010. Dave Mendlen, director of developer tools at Microsoft, noted that it would be part of the next wave of the .NET Framework, .NET 4.0. Microsoft will also ship a standard edition of Visual Studio 2010 concurrently.

VSTS 2010, formerly known by the code name “Rosario,” expands the company’s ALM vision with more roles and fewer walls between them, effectively “democratizing” ALM, said Mendlen. Modeling plays a heavy role in how that is accomplished.

Microsoft is working on a multi-product modeling initiative called “Oslo,” which is intended to drive model-driven development into the mainstream of application development. In that effort, the company is creating a low-level XML-based modeling language that can be extended to support domain-specific languages, as well as BPEL and UML.

That modeling technology will be integrated with Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS) in VSTS 2010, said Cameron Skinner, product unit manager for VSTS. More specifically, he explained that the model would offer multiple views and map physical architecture to assets.

Setting up architecture was a “high priest” activity for customers, said Mendlen. But VSTS’ architect component, called Architecture Explorer, will simplify the process through modeling and added workflow to help individual team members participating in an agile process to track and trace work items via TFS.

He added that TFS would enforce constraint-based modeling with “continuous integration” where code is validated against architecture as it is being checked in.

“If a build invalidates architectural policy, it will be flagged,” said Skinner, noting that customers have told Microsoft that there is often a disconnect between what developers believe the architecture is and what it actually is.

VSTS 2010 is a “big move back toward an endorsement of modeling for Microsoft, but in the greater scheme of model-driven development [it's] less huge,” said Gartner research vice president Jim Duggan. He added that VSTS allows customers to “stay on Microsoft ground,” whereas, they previously have had to go to tools from companies such as Borland or IBM to handle UML modeling.

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