Warning: This is meta-blogging post. For deep dive technology stuff, keep an eye on my blog and you'll see much more technical in depth posts sooner or later again.
As you can see, it's all about data these days. Although LINQ to Entities won't ship in band with Orcas, the teams are working very hard indeed to complete the story and to deliver it to you. Other interesting hot technologies include:
- Acropolis - Building smart clients using WPF (go to the TechEd US Session Catalog and search for DEV318)
- Pex - Automatic test generation and bug detection/fixing framework, currently in MSR and only available at Microsoft internally (one of the project members is Jonathan De Halleux, another Belgian in Redmond)
If I find some time in the near future, I'll blog about the data vision of Microsoft in more detail in more technical blog posts.
PS: For those of you following the LINQ to SharePoint project on CodePlex, I've checked in the Orcas Beta 1 compatible code in source control (change set 1156). Another release (0.2) will be out there next month, starring:
- Revamped SpMetal architecture with a front-end and back-end separation;
- Support for more SharePoint field types, including Lookup fields with lazy loading of "linked entities";
- A more intelligent query parser and improved support for some query constructs in both C# 3.0 and VB 9.0;
- Entity model, as part of the architecture that will support SharePoint list updates in the future;
- Overall improvement of stability.
For the moment, prep work is done to deliver a fair amount of automated unit testing and research is in progress to finalize the update-supporting entity architecture. Stay tuned for updates (did you know CodePlex has RSS support?)!Del.icio.us
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