WCF LOB Adapter SDK and BizTalk Adapter Pack

The BizTalk Adapter Pack, comprising of the SAP, Siebel, OracleDB, OracleEBS and SQL WCF Bindings / Adapters which can be used with BizTalk Server 2006 R2 and R3. The Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) Line Of Business (LOB) Adapter SDK.

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  • Blog Post: Things to consider when writing WCF LOB Adapters for consumption through BizTalk

    If you are writing a WCF LOB adapter that can be consumed through BizTalk, you need to be aware of certain issues that can manifest because of the way BizTalk interacts with WCF adapters. Some of these can have performance and scalability impact and hence you should consider them when designing/configuring...
  • Blog Post: Throughput stalls when using adapters, developed against the WCF LOB Adapter SDK, in BizTalk

    We’ve had a few users complaining about the throughput of the adapters (the Adapter Pack ones, and/or custom ones) coming to a standstill during normal operation within BizTalk. In this post, I’ll explain why that happens, and some workarounds. Let’s say BizTalk has received 100 messages which it needs...
  • Blog Post: Changes to the WCF LOB Adapter SDK in SP2

    If you’re developing your own adapters against the WCF LOB Adapter SDK, then it might be worth your while to try out the June CTP of the SP2 of the WCF LOB ASDK. There are a few minor changes, but we might make more based on your feedback. I’m mentioning the changes from SP1 to the June CTP of SP2...
  • Blog Post: Connection Pooling in the WCF LOB ASDK based adapters.

    I was recently contacted by a customer using the SAP Adapter. They were using the Adapter directly via a WCF proxy (i.e., without using BizTalk) from within an ASP.NET application. Their complaint was that the throughput was very low. On investigating further, I found that the reason was due to connections...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Microsoft BizTalk Adapter Pack – Office Developer Program

    As was already announced on this forum, the BizTalk Adapter Pack (BAP) was announced more than a month ago during the Office Developer Conference and became available starting March 1st. The BAP provides a robust and comprehensive out-of-the-box connectivity infrastructure to three major line-of-business...
  • Blog Post: Transactional behavior in a receive location using an adapter

    Quite a few customers developing custom adapters built on the WCF LOB Adapter SDK have come back to us asking for details on how to have transactional behavior while receiving messages from the LOB and submitting them to BizTalk (receive location) - for example, assume in your receive location: You read...
  • Blog Post: How To: Obtain a list of receive actions when an ASDK-based Adapter is used with BizTalk in a Receive Location

    The WCF LOB Adapter SDK (ASDK) contains a behavior named "InboundActionEndpointBehavior" which you can add to your ServiceHost in inbound scenarios. What this behavior does is, at runtime, analyzes the contract deployed, determines the Actions on the Contract, and passes those to the adapter in the StartListener...
  • Blog Post: Getting LOB metadata from SAP, OracleDB and Siebel adapter using svcutil

    The WCF based adapters that ship in the Biztalk Adapter Pack are WCF bindings. The svcutil tool can be used to get metadata for a LOB method using these bindings. The scheme in the URI determines which adapter binding is loaded by svcutil. However when using the svcutil tool, there is no easy way to...
  • Blog Post: Sample - SQL Adapter built on the ASDK.

    Attached is a sample SQL Adapter built on the ASDK. This adapter (being a sample), is rather simple: (a) Only stored procedure execution is supported. (b) For obtaining metadata about the result set returned by the stored procedure, the stored procedure is executed (GetSchemaOnly) with default...
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