Reaching Across All Microsoft Core Platforms

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2008-10-10 Print this article Print

Meanwhile, "Oslo" enables numerous roles throughout the software development lifecycle to collaborate on application development and management activities, including information workers, developers, database architects, software architects business analysts and IT professionals, Microsoft said. And "Oslo" technologies will integrate with and enhance Microsoft lifecycle tooling in Visual Studio Team System and System Center.

Also, Microsoft is working with ISVs (independent software vendors) on solutions built using "Oslo," including new line-of-business applications and DSLs. Oslo enables ISVs and solutions integrators to easily build new domain-specific solutions at lower cost by eliminating the need to build custom modeling infrastructure.

Wahbe said "Oslo" will reach across all of Microsoft core platforms to enable developers to create applications for SharePoint, for Live Mesh, for Microsoft's cloud platform and for any Microsoft platform.

The additional detail on the "Oslo" CTPs follows Microsoft's recent pledge to further support modeling and to re-join the OMG (Object Management Group).

In a blog post following that announcement, Steve Cook, a Microsoft engineer who is the company's representative at the OMG, said: "I'm hopeful that my involvement will help to re-energize the UML [Unified Modeling Language] specification process and we can fix some of the things that people complain about."

With "Oslo" and its overall modeling push, Microsoft has pledged to support "the UML," as its creators call it. But one has to wonder if that support is just lip service or to satisfy a check list, or whether it is real, serious support. Wahbe said "M" is not competing with UML.

In his blog, Cook also said:

"Secondly, five years ago the market was naive about UML - it was often thought of as the 'Universal Modeling Language' and surrounded by too much simplistic thinking. Our entry into the debate with Software Factories and Domain Specific Languages was, I believe, extremely healthy and helped people to grapple with some of the real issues involved in the debate. In case you wondered, we're still as committed to those initiatives as we ever were."

Again you have to ask how far Microsoft actually moved with software factories and even DSLs. Launched with much fanfare at a languages conference several years ago, the software factories approach was absorbed by Microsoft's Patterns and Practices group, and Jack Greenfield, one of the key proponents of the strategy, has not been heard from in some time.

However, Cook said, "Thirdly, we're now firmly in the Application Lifecycle Management business, listening hard to our enterprise customers, and they are telling us regularly, loudly and clearly that they want us to support UML in Visual Studio Team System."

We shall see how this proceeds. 

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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