July 2010: MSDN Library Content Update: Modeling the Application

We published the following updates last month. Please let us know how useful
these improvements are to you and if there are other areas that you would like
to see covered? For more details about additional July VSALM content updates,
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Modeling the Application

In addition to the highlighted topics below, corrections and improvements
have been included in many topics from your input in the Community Content
section at the bottom of each topic. Please keep them coming!


How do you organize your modeling projects? New material this month:

Structuring Modeling Solutions Suggests how you can divide the project into separate solutions that correspond to the components on layer diagrams.
Visual Studio Architecture Tooling Guidance Provides practical guidance about how to use the modeling features in Visual Studio Ultimate by addressing various scenarios and including a list of frequently asked questions.


Visualization and Modeling SDK – Domain-Specific Languages

Integrating domain-specific languages with each other and with UML models is
on the menu this month. These new and revised topics show how to link models
using ModelBus. They include examples and new walkthroughs.

Accessing Models from Text Templates Explains how to access a model by using the DSL directive processor.
Integrating Models by using Visual Studio Modelbus Explains how to make links between models, and how to navigate the links in program code.
Using Visual Studio Modelbus in a Text Template Describes how to handle interlinked models in a text template. This topic includes a walkthrough in which you set up a DSL that is accessed in both a text template and in other code.
How to: Add a Drag and Drop Handler Let your users drag elements from one diagram to another. Shows how to include objects in the dragged prototype, and how to drag to or from a UML model. Shows how to define your handler as a MEF component. Includes brief discussion of ElementGroupPrototypes.