Britt Johnston, Director, Data Programmability at Microsoft gave a Keynote speech this morning at VSLive in San Francisco. In his presentation, Britt spoke largely about the idea of Conceptual Data Programming and Microsoft's vision for Data Access, raising the level of abstraction around data access to allow developers to be more productive and allow us to write less code.
Britt began by talking about the idea of programming against a Conceptual data model rather than the Logical data model that we currently program to, and ended by delving into the key technoglogies that Microsoft plans to focus on for future innovation including continuing investment in the Entity Framework, an Entity-level services ecosystem (Reporting, Synchronization, etc.), and the Enabling of Dynamic Applications (Conceptual Programming, Integrated Development Experience, Device to Cloud Support, etc.).
Throughout his presentation, Britt went on to showcase 5 short videos or screencasts that demonstrated some of the work, specifically around Tools, that the Data Programmability team has been doing. These videos provide some great information and a preview of the new XML Editor, XSLT Debugger, and EDM Wizard coming in Orcas, as well as a sneak preview of a new XSD Designer and EDM Designer that we can expect to see released after the upcoming Orcas release.