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PC World: Windows DNA Wins Initial Praise

Sep 15, 1999, 02:02 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Orenstein)

"The principles behind Microsoft's new model for Internet application development, Windows DNA 2000, won some initial praise from users and analysts yesterday. In practice, though, analysts hastened to add, the model remains fuzzy."

" 'This XML-based, loosely coupled federation of applications is exactly where it should go,' says analyst Larry Perlstein of Dataquest. 'Microsoft has put this together and has enough of all the pieces to show you what it might look like in the real world.' But Perlstein adds that XML still has to be properly written and formatted to achieve such universality. 'Just writing in XML doesn't guarantee that it's understandable,' he says.

And Meta Group analyst Melinda Ballou adds that XML doesn't provide essential services offered by full component models, such as transactions, security and persistence. 'They didn't discuss how to integrate with those other services,' she says."

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