Why developers should get ready for Windows Server "Longhorn"

The answer is quick and easy: build more reliable and robust applications (using the Windows Server "Longhorn" features).

Jason Olson, Technical Evangelist at Microsoft, has started a series of screencasts "Developer, Meet Server" covering the various cool developer-oriented enhancements on the Windows Server "Longhorn" platform.

Over the last few weeks I've had various discussions on wether or not developers can get excited about the new platform features in Windows Server "Longhorn". The server is for a lot of .NET developers still "a server" that can have a variety of different roles like application or web server. Let's have a look at what's new.

With Windows Server "Longhorn" the architecture can be split into the core and the different server roles. The picture below shows the different building blocks of Windows Server "Longhorn":

The Core of the Server that contains the fundamentals:

  • Transactions: Transactional NTFS (TxF), Transactional Registry (TxR), Kernel Transaction Manager (KTM)
  • Recovery and Restart: Windows Error Reporting, Application Recovery and Restart
  • Networking: Windows Filtering Platform (WFP), Networking Stack Improvements
  • Concurrency: Thread Pools, Thread Ordering Service, One-Time Initialization

The server roles contain:

  • the application platform: .NET Framework 3.0, Windows Activation Service (WAS), MSMQ 4.0
  • the new web server: IIS 7.0, IIS 7.0 Modules, IIS 7.0 Administration
  • the management platform: MMC 3.0, PowerShell, Task Scheduler 2.0

Looking at the new features that have been added to "the server platform" and the enhancements in this version developers should get their hands on the Windows Server "Longhorn" to train themselves in order to be able to leverage these new capabilities in new robust applications.

In this first screencast Jason takes a quick peek at Transactional NTFS. In future screencasts we can expect a more detailed look at Transactional NTFS, so think of this as a quick introduction.

The screencast is available from Channel 9: https://channel9.msdn.com/Showpost.aspx?postid=289816.  

This is really cool stuff and a must see for developers!

More excellent learning material and links can be found on Jason's blog in his series "LHS Feature of the week":

Enjoy and get ready for Windows Server "Longhorn"!

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