Guy's Best Practice & Litmus Tests Ezine #22
Learn all you can about Longhorn because it's the Windows platform of the future.
The latest catch phrase is 'Prepare today for Longhorn tomorrow'.
Let us take a step back and ask, 'Why study history? One answer would be to learn from
the mistakes of others. What mistakes did
you make preparing for Windows 2000? For my part, I waited too long, ignored all those beta copies and only came in on shirt tails of
Conclusion. We have plenty of time before Longhorn is released. Here is
an opportunity to
become an expert, along with the satisfaction of
being an innovator and the joy of riding the wave of new technology.
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Contents for Ezine #22 - Microsoft's Longhorn
I often feel that I do my best work in getting people started, so here is very
much a beginner's guide to Longhorn.
What is Longhorn? Answer, the successor to Windows 2003 which is due to
ship about 2006. However don't wait until then Beta versions are now
available. Trivia question: Is longhorn named after a sheep or cow? Neither. Longhorn
is a bar at the foot
of Whistler Ski resort, not far from Seattle deep in Microsoft country.
The name means Windows Frameworks. Think of WinFX as a shell, the top level
of Longhorn. From a developer's point of view it means a replacement
for Win 32 APIs. For ordinary users it's just what we take for
granted as the operating system. (Not to be confused with WinFS.)
Avalon is brand new display system, however requires newest GPU v 9 (Graphics Processing Unit).
The benefit is sharper pixels making reading easier. To give you an
idea, they used the best technology from computer games machines, improved
on it and named it Avalon.
New snap-ins providing an new way to keep track of multiple tasks, for
example, stock ticker in the corner of your screen.
XAML will be used to generate boxes, most every visual element you see
in Longhorn. Easy to write, easy to read
is the mantra. Technically XAML is a Declarative Languages
where the code and content are kept separately. Message for Guy -
must learn XML.
Does WinFS mean? Windows File System? No. WinFS stands for Windows Future
Rather than replacing NTFS, WinFS is a new layer between NTFS and the explorer interface. It
allows you to search and display files in cleverer, more intuitive fashion.
It is built on SQL's new Yukon database, so WinFS will be powerful and robust. - Sadly WinFS has been abandoned for Longhorn.
In truth I am finding it hard to get to grips with Indigo. It
seems to me that it's the glue which holds the messages, network, indeed
everything else together. Indigo is Web based, integrates with .NET
Palladium has high ideals and a long specification. Security is
its watchword. One of Palladium's best ideas is that it prevents unauthorised
programs running, you have to agree before a new program can execute.
So viruses and worms should eliminated? Well until the next
generation of hackers finds a new loophole?
Digital Rights Management (DRM) is related new system which will
control, encrypt your email, music and text documents.
Microsoft has plans for a 'son of Longhorn'; apparently, its
codename is Blackcomb. Could Blackcomb be named after a chicken? No.
As you have probably
guessed, Blackcomb is another Shi resort in the Rockies, not far from Whistler!
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