An Introduction to "WinFS" OPath, which appears to be a hodgepodge of XPath-like filtering, simple SQL and OO programming.
There's also reference to "Rich Application Views", which is a big-sounding undocumented feature of WinFS that appears to involve fairly dynamic late-binding of UI components to material in the store (rather XUL-like).
There's plenty of deja vu:
Knowing that a document is related to an author who is a contact in your system and that contact is part of an organization and in that organization that contact is your boss is very useful relationship information!
I'm sure WinFS will offer a lot to MSWin programmers if it gets finished this millenium, but I can't help but think NotInventedHere attitudes have made for rather a patchy system. MS are in the Consortium, aren't they? Can't someone drop a hint?
A note towards the end of the MSDN article says it all:
If you are interested in data with semantics, you might want to read the 15 year-old, impeccable book on this topic: Data With Semantics: Data Models and Data Management.
Already got the t-shirt, thanks.
PS. I just reread this post and it sounds really bitchy. Dunno why, I think WinFS could be one of the most interesting things MS have done in a long time. I suppose I'd rather just like to be able to say more immediately positive things like " Drupal now does FOAF".
PPS. Joshua responds in comments.
(And now I wonder about how to link in significant comments to the main feed)[Danny]