The SQL Server Modeling technologies, presently in CTP, aim to provide significant productivity gains across the lifecycle of .NET applications by enabling developers, architects, and IT professionals to work together more effectively
The complete set of documentation for the SQL Server Modeling CTP including overviews, tutorials, and technical references for each component technology.
I'd have a good look at the following article before getting too excited by the CTP. Another piece of Microsoft's Oslo modeling puzzle disappears (Mary Joe Foley)
However, it is worth downloading it just to see what happened to poor Oslo. (warning: it expects a local installation of SQLExpress before it will work. It bombs out with an obscure error)
It is interesting to read this Microsoft's Distributed Destination: Oslo
and this The Origins of Microsoft's Oslo Software Modeling Platform
Brad Lovering was quoted as saying at the time..
If you’re [a Microsoft] Access user, it will be more familiar to you, let me put it that way.
So, if you kind of think of Access, [Microsoft] Excel, ...” that is an approximation of the tool,
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.
The tool enables users to capture domain knowledge in domain-specific views, And the tool also will be useful for more advanced diagramming, such as enabling the development of BPMN (business process modeling notification) workflows and UML (Unified Modeling Language) services.
Hmmm... Sort of a bit like Eclipse then?
Phil FactorSimple Talk