Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 18th Sep 2008 19:09 UTC
Windows We all know that Windows 7 is on its way, planned for release somewhere late 2009 or early 2010. We already know it will have a multitouch framework, no major kernel and/or driver framework changes, and a new taskbar people at Microsoft are not supposed to talk about right now. The firs two milestone releases didn't appear to be very exciting, but now there is - supposedly - a milestone 3 (build 6780) release, and there is a screenshot, and more information on UI changes. According to Microsoft blogger Stephen Chapman, the ribbon will make its way to Windows 7.
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RE[2]: I like it... [cringes]
by hyper on Fri 19th Sep 2008 17:43 UTC in reply to "RE: I like it... [cringes]"
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For Windows to move on, the Registry *has* to go.

May I ask why? Registry is much faster than text files. It contains standard API to read and write. And it has been proven many times, that registry *is not* the thing which slows windows down, contrary to what many thinks.

So why does it have to go?!? Just because you would prefer it? I don't think so. Many more people (including me) would complain about if its gone.

Actually using database is a very good idea for system settings storage. Just look at the mess which *nix config files are. Different syntax, random locations, etc. Registry just makes more sense. If you put all the stuff from registry to text/xml, can you imagine how many megabytes they would take? Can you imagine overhead to read/write? You can? Good.

PS. Yes, applications should store settings as files in AppData directories and that's what Microsoft encourages. But you cannot force everyone in thousands of 3rd party devs to do so.

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