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WinFS for Longhorn

Mon Nov 3 16:16:12 GMT 2003 WinFS for Longhorn

Link: www6.tomshardware.com/storage/20030617/ (link dead, sorry) The WinFS File System For Windows Longhorn: Faster & Smarter

Windows is going to layer a SQL database on top of NTFS. Some of the more interesting aspects of that include the concept of "Libraries"; that is, collections of files that belong together. This is similar to what SCO tried to do with symbolic links, though doing it with an abstract database layer might be a better approach. Then again. it may be every bit as troublesome and confusing.

The other little thing about libraries is that the idea is to group files by content and purpose. But how do you know what the content and purpose is? Ahh, XML to the rescue! Except.. as much as Microsoft really needs XML, it's a big problem for them, too. Damned if they do and damned if they don't - I bet there are some heated discussions in the boardrooms around this subject.



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