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TechEd Spoilers: 'Katmai' Gets Named, Storming the 'Acropolis'

A Microsoft employee accidentally let the cat out of the bag a bit early. In a post that has since been taken down, "esendal" has announced that SQL Server "Katmai" has been re-christened SQL Server 2008. The announcement was more than likely supposed to come at the TechEd 2007 keynote later this morning. It will be available for download at, potentially as early as today.

[via ActiveWin]

Also more than likely due to be announced is Microsoft Code Name 'Acropolis', which is yet another Microsoft runtime (YAMR)™. This one leverages WPF to help build loosely-coupled applications. From the help file:

"Acropolis" uses a composite application framework to address complex, changing business requirements. Composite applications integrate functionality as components that you can easily reconfigure or replace.

For example, a composite application might display data from a remote database, but let you choose between a WPF and a Windows Forms user interface. It might also enable users to choose from multiple components to interact with the data.

Composite applications often have a portal or "dashboard" look, but this is only one scenario of many. The important point about composite applications is that units of functionality remain loosely coupled to make change easier. Whether the change is a new business requirement or a user reconfiguration, making change easier makes improvement easier.

Sounds like a pretty nice framework. When you leverage this functionality with Windows Workflow Foundation, you're got yourself a pretty adaptable application. Now if only I had the time to learn it...

[via ActiveWin]

I'm assuming that more information will be available on both of these later today. I'll post links when they're available.

Posted on Jun 04 2007, 01:06 AM by Robert McLaws
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  • Josh Bernard said:

    Acropolis! its about time!

    *Dances like a little school girl to the link*

    June 4, 2007 9:29 AM
  • Josh Bernard said:

    p.s. the SQL CTP link is active.

    June 4, 2007 9:35 AM