We won't have PDC this year.
PDC is always the time when MS unveils totally new stuff. I don't think it's possible to do old-style PDCs in these new times of 'transparency', early CTPs and public Alphas. I wonder if MS will redefine PDCs or they will still keep some 'secrets' to surprise us.
Frans rants about paging support in SQL Server. I obviously agree with him.
The good thing is that given that MS is working in a couple of O/R mappings products, they are probably facing the same challenges we face. As that the Entity Framework is built by the SQL Server team, I won't be surprised if Katmai has better support for paging ;).
I was going to write
a blog post on Astoria but Pablo's post says almost everything I was going to
I fully agree with
him, in that there are multiple scenarios where the default implementation will
be good enough, and it's much more productive than what we have today.
The fact that you can further filter the results of methods like 'CustomersByCity' is a significant step forward compared to the static service interfaces we usually have today.
On the other hand,
the client-side library has a WebDataContext class that knows how to track
changes in the client. The problem is that as the EF does not have a
change-tracking serialization mechanism (see previous posts) the way they have
to post a set of changes to the server is by executing multiple HTTP requests,
which is obviously a bad thing.
The good news is
that I think there's no way they can ship Astoria this way, so they'll need to
come up with a good disconnected story ;).
Pablo also mentioned
in his presentation that you'll be able to upload your EF model and the Astoria
live service will create the tables in the database and host up to 100Mb of
data. That's quite interesting, and it means they'll need to tackle another problem
(which it's solved quite well in DeKlarit) which is how to keep your data
stable when you deploy a new version of your model.