Is Oslo just like Access?
eWeek publlshed a couple of articles on Oslo very recently. They are
I found the background material on how it all started to be quite interesting and also to hear that its been in the works for more than a decade. At least, thats how the writer puts it. I think they mean that attempts at incorporating modeling into the implementation of enterprise applications have been in incubation for that long. However the point that really disturbed me was on the description of the tool. To quote the article , (emphasis mine)
“Lovering said the Oslo tool is novel with respect to development tools in that it will feel familiar to the masses. “If you’re [a Microsoft] Access user, it will be more familiar to you, let me put it that way,” he said. Indeed, said Lovering, the tool is basically an interactive database development tool. “So, if you kind of think of Access, [Microsoft] Excel, …” that is an approximation of the tool.Lovering said.”
I have heard a lot about the platform,most of which I am not allowed to talk about obviously, but even with the amount of public information available i thought it was pretty obvious that
(a) it isnt a tool but a code name for a platform and
(b) its most certainly not a ‘database’ development tool. There is a database component but its a repository.
I think that it must be a misquote. The article does go on to quote Lovering saying
“However, “you have to be a little bit careful with that comparison because it could be misleading. I’m trying to give you sort of a general feeling of the center; it is not [Access and Excel], but those are the best approximations I have if you haven’t experienced the tool.”
Hmmmm…Was it some sort of UI for the repository thats being referred to it? I dont know …Maybe he’s trying to say that like Access lowered the bar for database development, this will lower the bar to creating enterprise applications which sounds better but calling it a database tool is odd. I certainly hope it isnt the revenge of Microsoft Access 🙂