Microsoft is slowly detailing about its Oslo modeling strategy. The latest info with the Connected Systems Division (CSD) has gone public are the names of the three Oslo components it will release in Community Technology Preview (CTP) form at the Professional Developers Conference (PDC). Oslo — which Microsoft initially outlined as encompassing everything from Visual Studio 2010, to System Center Version 5 — now is comprised of just three elements, according to the Softies:
- The modeling language, known until fairly recently as “D” (seemingly for “declarative”), which is now known as “M.” M will let developers express models in text.
- The visual modeling tool, known as Quadrant, for more complicated modeling tasks
- A shared repository, based on SQL Server, for storing models, schema and metadata. Developers can use Access, Excel, report writers and/or analytics tools to aceess and manipulate the information in the repository.