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Items Without Files

Kirk Marple asks about WinFS being an “object storage layer over top of terabytes of geographically distributed files.” This is one of the scenarios we are thinking about. In my explanation of WinFS, I talked about schemas that are “likely to be used for file backed items most of the time.” The idea is that the schema doesn't dictate if it is a file backed item or not (file backedness isn't part of the type). That allows for situations where you have the object, but want to point to a file in a different location. Of course, this leads to synchronization issues but is acceptable in many circumstances.

posted on Sunday, November 16, 2003 2:17 PM

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