Data + Application Services + Sync= “It’s Still All Data” (the new again-expanded Data Developer Center)

Last November, at the start of the 2009 PDC, we launched an expanded Data Developer Center that incorporated XML and SQL Server Modeling (formerly “Oslo”) technologies. It was a challenge to create a site structure that could accommodate eight or more distinct technologies under one roof, but it seemed to work well and allowed space… Read more

Data + XML + “Oslo” = “It’s All Data” (the new Data Developer Center)

After some months of planning and execution, we’re delighted to present you with the newly redesigned and expanded Data Developer Center on MSDN! The expanded part here comes from the fact that the Data DevCenter is now home to what used to be two other separate centers, XML and “Oslo”. Actually, the XML DevCenter already… Read more

XML Technology and Tools Survey

The Data Programmability XML Tools team is conducting a survey focused on XML technology and tools usage over the coming weeks.  The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and we’d appreciate it if you would take the time to respond to it.  We plan to use the survey results to help drive prioritization of… Read more

Interested in working on the ADO.NET Data Services Framework (aka "Astoria") or XML?

Do you want to work on the next generation of data access APIs for the web?  If so, the Astoria and XML teams are hiring.  If you want to get a feel for the types of problems our team thinks about the solutions we build, check out the earlier posts on this blog as well… Read more

Data Technologies at Mix ’07

    There has been a lot of recent coverage on the participation of data technologies at Mix 07 and the announcements that we, the Data Programmability team at Microsoft, made regarding two new incubation projects that we are working on.   So, if you didn’t get a chance to attend Mix, or just didn’t… Read more

Microsoft’s Data Access Strategy

Over the last 12 months, Microsoft has been talking a lot about two major innovations related to representing and querying data.  The first is the new Entity Data Model exposed as part of the ADO.NET Entity Framework, and the second is a set of extensions to the .NET Framework for integrating queries into the programming… Read more

VSLive Keynote – San Francisco

 Britt Johnston, Director, Data Programmability at Microsoft gave a Keynote speech this morning at VSLive in San Francisco. In his presentation, Britt spoke largely about the idea of Conceptual Data Programming and Microsoft’s vision for Data Access, raising the level of abstraction around data access to allow developers to be more productive and allow us to write less code.                  … Read more

MSXML4 is going to be kill bit-ed

Our XML team announced this morning that, as a part of our MSXML4 End of Life plan, we will kill bit MSXML4 in the October – December timeframe of 2007. The kill Bit applies to Internet Explorer only, after which, applications will not be able to create MSXML4 objects in the browser.   We are… Read more

Data Access Virtual Labs

MSDN Virtual Labs allows customers to quickly evaluate or learn how to build applications through a series of guided, hands-on labs which can be completed in 90 minutes or less. The best part is, the MSDN Virtual Labs do not require any installation and are available to customers immediately for free. The MSDN Data Access… Read more

Best practices with MSXML on the browser

Adam Wiener, Lead Program Manager for Data Programmability / XML Technologies, has worked closely with the IE team in the lead up to the IE7 release. As part of that process, Adam looked at the use of XML in the browser and concluded: “During this investigation one thing has become immediately obvious – there is a… Read more