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Driving Toward D

A couple of weeks ago, blogger (and sometime RDN contributor) Mary Jo Foley at All About Microsoft wrote about a new programming language in the works from Redmond codenamed "D."

D is a "textual modeling language" that's integral to Microsoft's ambitious Oslo initiative, which RDN has previously covered. Oslo aims to enable Microsoft's dynamic IT strategy by offering tools and resources to help enterprises better plan, model, develop and deploy applications. Oslo is extremely wide-ranging, with aspects of the program driving new versions of Visual Studio, BizTalk Server and the .NET Framework. It'll be 2009 before Oslo actually arrives.

Critical to Oslo is the repository, which will be the central store of digital assets of the enterprise. Access and manipulation of this repository will be enabled, at least in part, by the declarative D programming language. The intent is for business managers and non-technical stakeholders to be able to use D to perform modeling activities.

Don Demsak, a Microsoft MVP and XML expert, thinks we may see a coming-out party for both D and Oslo at the upcoming Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in October.

"The D Language is the reason why the PDC was cancelled last year," Demsak said. "All I know is that they [Microsoft] have been very, very quiet about the D language. I'm hoping to see more at the MVP summit, but I really don't hold out much hope for the language, if they have gone toward making it data-driven."

So far, Oslo and D have been flying somewhat under the radar, despite the enormously broad scope of their goals. But we can expect to hear a lot more about these topics as we get deeper into 2008.

Are you looking forward to Microsoft's model-driven approach to application development? E-mail me at mdesmond@reddevnews.com.

Posted by Michael Desmond on 02/14/2008 at 1:15 PM


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