WinFS

Discussion in 'Windows Vista File Management' started by Puppy Breath, May 4, 2006.

  1. Puppy Breath

    Puppy Breath Guest

    All I know about WinFS right now (other than the fact that it's not ready
    for primetime) is that it's some sort of SQL tie-in to the filesystem and/or
    perhaps all Vista these indexes. It's not a filesystem per se, like NTFS is
    a filesystem. What I don't know is: What exactly will WinFS bring me beyond
    what I already have in Vista? More complex SQL queries of the filesystem?
    SQL Server access to the filesystem? Or is it something else entirely?
     
    Puppy Breath, May 4, 2006
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  2. It's gonna be cool... basically linking in your search features and stuff -
    finding stuff faster, organised... but there isn't much info on WinFS yet.
    Microsoft shipped Beta 1 a little while ago... but it's still meant to be
    cool :eek:)

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    Zack Whittaker, May 4, 2006
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  3. WinFS is not a file system, a data store that will run on top of the NTFS
    file system.

    It simplifies the process of finding and storing important user data. In
    addition to streamlined API's (Application Programming Interface) for
    accessing relational data. "WinFS" introduces a new centralized storage
    subsystem and API for storing and searching documents and contacts.



    Adapted from Developer's Guide to Interoperability and Migration in
    "Longhorn" version 1.0, emerging practices/guidance for early
    implementers/patterns and practices.



    So one should note that WinFS is really a powerful extension being added to
    the file system in Longhorn, basically a stack that will be able to make
    information more searchable and accessible throughout aspects of the Windows
    user interface.



    WinFS is difficult mainly because it is tied to every aspect of Windows,
    meaning every program will be an assistant to it. This also means Microsoft
    will need third party developers to have hooks into the technology itself to
    make Search aware also to programs being built for Windows.
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    Andre Da Costa [Extended64], May 5, 2006
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  4. Andre Da Costa [Extended64], May 5, 2006
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  5. Check here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/data/WinFS/default.aspx
    Under the heading "Building WinFS Solutions"....

    .... it *is* a file system.

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    Zack Whittaker, May 5, 2006
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  6. Puppy Breath

    Puppy Breath Guest

    Great, thanks guys.
     
    Puppy Breath, May 5, 2006
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  7. hmm, its a bit contradictory to be honest. Because a File System is a method
    of storing and organizing data to make it easy to find and access them. But
    WinFS is so much more than that.

    That paragraph even contradicts itself:
    "WinFS bridges the gap between file systems and databases"

    If it bridges the gap between "traditional" file systems and databases, then
    that means its something more than both. Unless its saying its better than
    its ownself. :-s
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    Andre Da Costa [Extended64], May 5, 2006
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    triangle Guest

    WinFS is a great structure indeed. I've searched to get more on it an
    found source with much useful data on it http://www.ntfs.com/ You migh
    wish to give it a glance if you are interested
     
    triangle, May 18, 2006
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