Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Visualization & Modeling SDK

Domain Specific Languages (DSL Tools) and Architecture Tools SDK for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010. This SDK provides tools and templates for building Visual Studio Domain Specific Language designers for Visual Studio 2010 and extending UML and Layer designers. By using this SDK, you can build your own graphical or form-based designers for Visual Studio 2010 and extend existing tools.
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      The Visual Studio 2010 Visualization and Modeling SDK includes
      • Project templates that help developers create graphical or Form-based (Windows.Forms and WPF) designers hosted in Visual Studio for viewing and editing models for a custom Domain Specific Language.
      • Project templates that help developers create extensions for the Architecture Tools in Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate
      • MSBuild tasks that allow you to do generate textual artifact at build time for any use of T4
      • Reference assemblies and IntelliSense documentation for the DSL tools runtime, which ships with Visual Studio 2010
      • A migration tool helping DSL authors who were using the Visual Studio 2008 SDK to migrate their existing designers to work with Visual Studio 2010
      • Header files containing Command IDs for the graphical designers and the architecture tools (UML designers, Layer designer)
      The SDK is no longer included in the Visual Studio 2010 SDK, but does require it to be installed first. The Visualization and Modeling SDK is installed as an overlay of Visual Studio and the VSSDK. It is now a separate install so that it can updated independently
  • Supported Operating System

    Windows 7, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows XP

      • One of the following operating systems:
        • Windows 7(x86 or x64), all editions except Starter Edition
        • Windows Vista (x86 or x64), all editions except Starter Edition
        • Windows XP (x86 or x64), Service Pack 2 or later, all editions except Starter Edition
        • Windows Server 2003 (x86 or x64), Service Pack 1 or later, all editions
        • Windows Server 2003 R2 or later (x86 or x64), all editions
        • Windows Server 2008 (x86 and x64) or later (all editions)
      • Visual Studio 2010 (except the Express edition. Also, note that to extend the architecture tools which are present in the Ultimate Edition of Visual Studio 2010, you'll need to have it installed)
      • Visual Studio 2010 SDK
      1. On this page, click Download to start the download.
      2. To save the download on your computer so that you can install it later, click Save.
      3. To cancel the installation, click Cancel.
      4. Once you have installed the Visualization and Modeling SDK, you can start creating a new Domain Specific Model project (using the New Project dialog | Other project types | Extensibility | Domain Specific Model Designer), or to migrate an existing Designer (run the DslProjectsMigrationTool.exe tool in %Program Files%\Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 SDK\VisualStudioIntegration\Tools\DSLTools)
      5. You can also start creating a new extension (command, gesture, validation) for the architecture tools using one of the templates from the New Project dialog | Modeling Projects | Extensibility)
      6. The menus and command IDs used to extend the architecture tool designers are available in %Program Files%\Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 SDK\VisualStudioIntegration\Common\Inc\ArchToolsCommandId.h