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The Hard Questions

I recently answered some questions on this blog and on the WinFS news group that show that people are starting to think more deeply about WinFS. It is interesting that at the PDC, most of the questions we got were pretty basic... people just trying to get an initial grasp on what we are up to. Now people are starting to think through scenarios and trying to figure out what WinFS could mean to their products and users.

In the WinFS project, we have spent the majority of our time working on what have become known as the “hard questions.” Things like, what happens to the metadata when a file is copied? And what should an “xcopy” like API do given the introduction of relationships between items? And many others (left as an exercise for the reader).

We have some answers to these questions, but few of these made it into the code that shipped with the PDC. For various reasons, if it isn't in the PDC release, I can't get into a lot of detail on what we are thinking, but I'll do my best. I am very very very very very very very very interested in you asking the hard questions, challenging our assumptions, pushing back on our choices, etc. It is only through that process that we will be able to get WinFS right before it ships.

posted on Monday, November 10, 2003 8:07 AM

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