Microsoft readies for its big developer event, where cloud computing will take top billing, along with tools and servers to support it. Other areas of focus will be Windows 7, Visual Studio 2010 and Microsoft's new "Oslo" modeling strategy. And the software giant will provide detail on how other non-Microsoft developers can better interact with Microsoft platforms.
Microsoft is holding its first
Professional Developers Conference since 2005, and it promises to be a cloud
and a coming-out party for Windows 7, among other things.
As many have reported, based on sources
and the PDC agenda, both Microsoft's foray
into the cloud and Windows 7 will be big parts of the show. Tim O'Brien, senior
director of platform strategy at Microsoft, said the PDC,
which opens with preconference sessions on Oct. 26, is where Microsoft will
demonstrate its "services aspirations and executing on that and saying
what it all means for developers."
Part of those services aspirations
have already been discussed in Microsoft's Live Mesh platform, which the
company announced earlier this year. Now, Microsoft
plans to unveil what many
refer to as its "cloud OS
," along with services and tooling for
developers to take advantage of it.
In addition, Microsoft will begin to
describe the developer opportunity that Windows 7 will bring and will offer
bits for developers to try out.
Other things we will see at the PDC
include Microsoft's new "Oslo
modeling platform, consisting of a new modeling language, a visual tool and a
repository. The company will deliver early bits of that technology in the form
of a CTP (Community Technology Preview). Microsoft also will give developers a
look at Visual Studio 2010, the next major version of the company's flagship
developer tools suite.
For more details on Oslo, click here.
But this only scratches the surface
of all the stuff Microsoft has in store for developers. And the company is not looking
to deliver information, technology, direction and other goodness just to
developers currently on the Microsoft platform, but also to offer options to
developers not on the Microsoft platform, O'Brien said.
"There will be lots of talk of
interoperability and how developers not on the platform can work with Microsoft
technology," he said.
Based on the show's agenda, the
first day of the PDC will focus on
foundational elements of the platform, including the cloud technology, while
the second day will focus on front-end, client-side tools. The company also
will continue to build on its strategy for how developers can build
applications that span various formats such as the PC, the Web and the mobile
keynotes boast a bunch of high-powered Microsoft executives, including Ray
Ozzie, the company's chief software architect. But the various sessions will
delve more deeply into the topic Microsoft will lay out in its road map, as the
PDC is a forward-looking event. Don Box, one
of my favorite Microsoft technologists, has a list of sessions he wants to see
Meanwhile, the PDC
provides an opportunity for Microsoft partners to deliver tools and technology
based on or supporting Microsoft's platforms.
For instance, Compuware announced
Compuware DevPartner Studio 9.0. The new version of Compuware's quality
management tool improves an IT organization's ability to diagnose software
security vulnerabilities, defects and performance problems early in the
development process-when problem resolution is most cost-effective, said Doug
Carrier, the company's DevPartner product manager.
DevPartner Studio 9.0 scans
Microsoft ASP.NET application source code to
find security problems before they become deeply embedded in the code base,
Carrier said. By scanning application source code at compile time, DevPartner
Studio can pinpoint unsafe coding practices to the exact method and line of
code. The security scanning feature checks each line of ASP.NET
code for more than 200 security vulnerabilities and suspicious behaviors.
DevPartner Studio 9.0 now also
offers integrated reporting, producing code quality reports that managers and
team leaders can review easily using a Web browser. Important metrics and
summary-level information enable managers to quickly understand the quality and
stability of the code base from the earliest stages of development through the
final QA testing phase, the company said.
In addition, DevPartner Studio 9.0
also now supports 32-bit application development on Microsoft Windows x64
platforms as well as a number of new .NET
Framework technologies, including Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Studio Team
System 2008; Windows Server 2008; .NET
Framework 3.5; Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF); Language Integrated Query
(LINQ); and ASP.NET AJAX Extensions, Carrier
"DevPartner Studio supports
Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 to improve communication and collaboration among
developers and testers," said Joe Marini, director of the Developer Tools
Ecosystem team at Microsoft.