This last week or two has seen a number of interesting stories come out of Microsoft (some official, some not official), especially as it relates to developers and writing code. While I am sure that the announcements are not meant to indicate a trend, taken in conjuction they are confusing or disheartening to developers.
If you haven't been following the new Specification for the M Language that the Oslo team has been cooking up, they have been making changes in response to feedback about the language. These changes will come to light in the next CTP. These changes are;
I had a great time at the SQL Saturday in Atlanta today. I did two talks: Using MSchema and ADO.NET Data Services for DBAs. If you were there, thanks for attending. If you wanted to grab the code and slides, follow the link above!
I've been bloging some about my experience using and playing with different parts of the Oslo stack on projects and articles. I've gotten a couple of reactions as to why it matters. I have covered some of it in my article series that focuses on DSLs and developers here:
In Part 1 of this series, I talked about why I used MVC to create my new venture. In this second part, I will talk about how I implemented MVC.
When I decided to implement MVC, I was very new to it so there is some code in the site that reflects that. The later code and the code I've gotten around to refactoring is much cleaner, but working code is working code.
The CSD folks have released a new CTP of the Oslo toolset. This release contains the same set of tools as the October 2008 CTP (nope, no Quadrant yet) but hopefully some of those pesky MSchema and Intellipad bugs will be gone. I'll let you know when I get deeper into the bits. Go grab it here:
I've spent the better part of six weeks building the new AgiliTrain website and its been quite a lot of fun. Of course if you have been reading this blog for long you know that I usually take a personal project like this as an opportunity to learning something new. In this case I did three things I haven't done on a personal project before:
Chris Sells and Craig Andera are trading blogs about what is and isn't a DSL. Craig has issue with the following from Chris' blog:
In Part 1 of this series I showed you how to create database schema with MSchema. Then in Part 2 I showed you how to use MGraph to create data to store the in the database along side database schema. In this last part, I will show you how to use the M tools to put the schema and data in the database. I use these tools to build my database during a build script.
If you have read Part 1 of this series, you have seen how to create types, collections and constraints using MSchema. Along with most database schemas, I find the need to create some amount of data to go along with those schemas. For my current project (our new web site), I wanted to have some small set of data that included some basic workshops and locations.
As most of you know, I run a small training company. We are in the midst of a re-write of our main website to allow for more cohesive registration and information about our classes. For this project, I am completely re-creating my database schema (as the old one was a bit 'off the cuff'). What a great opportunity to try out MSchema to build the new schema.
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