Darren Jefford

Solution Architect, Microsoft Consulting Services, Microsoft UK

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  • Blog Post: Dublin!

    This announcement came sooner then I expected, I'd assumed PDC was going to be the first time Dublin was mentioned in public! The most detailed information before the PDC can be found here . A number of internal people in the field (myself included) have been working with the product team for a number...
  • Blog Post: Professional BizTalk Server 2009?

    I've been looking into the possibility of updating the highly successful Professional BizTalk Server 2006 book to take into account new features and capabilities in BizTalk Server 2006 R2 and the recently announced BizTalk Server 2009 product. A fair bit has changed to warrant new chapters and updating...
  • Blog Post: How everyone should test their BizTalk based solutions: Presentation

    I've managed to find somewhere to store the presentation deck I delivered yesteday and you can now download it from here . I've also added the slides I had to cut from the presentation to enable it to fit within the SOA & BPM conference breakout length - these cover the throttling semantics at a...
  • Blog Post: Codename “Oslo”

    Microsoft has just made the first public announcement of “Oslo” at the SOA and BPM conference, at a high level “Oslo” is an overarching initiative across multiple products and Microsoft divisions, in fact the first release as announced today will be made up of BizTalk Server “6”, BizTalk Services “1...
  • Blog Post: How everyone should test their BizTalk based solutions presentation links

    Thanks to everyone who came to my presentation today, I was humbled by the huge turnout! The presentation deck will be broadly shared to attendees which contains hyperlinks to all the tools showcased but in the meantime the links are below if you want to get started right away. I'll look to share the...
  • Blog Post: Orchestration Profiler for BizTalk Server 2006 and BizTalk Documenter

    Hi, I've recently taken ownership of the source for the BizTalk Orchestration Profiler and BizTalk Documenter tools that Jason Birth originally developed, the documenter has worked fine with BizTalk Server 2006 but the Profiler was broken in a number of places. I have just finished a new build of...
  • Blog Post: GenerateTypedBamApi

    Long overdue but I've finally got around to finishing up the latest release (1.1) of the GenerateTypedBamApi tool. You can find the new version here , if your not familar with the tool read on! The GenerateTypedBamApi command line tool enables you to take a BAM Observation model represented as...
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2007: Sessions and Book Signing

    I arrived in Orlando yesterday after a long old flight from London and should make the Party with Palermo tonight which looks like it'll be fun but as I'm presenting tomorrow it'll be a quiet night! My two sessions are shown below, the second session being a very informal chalk/talk style session...
  • Blog Post: Professional BizTalk Server 2006: UK has stock!

    After what seems like a huge delay the usual UK retailers such as Amazon and Computer Manuals now have stock of the book! From what I've heard pre-orders have already started to drop through letter-boxes. Enjoy, and please remember to put a review on Amazon if you get the chance! For those of you...
  • Blog Post: Professional BizTalk Server 2006: In Stock (In the US)

    Another quick update, it seems that stores in the US now have stock and are shipping. Both Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble are reporting stock! The UK should follow very shortly, 7 days seemed to be the difference with the Team System book
  • Blog Post: BAM Best Practice: Starter for 10..

    I knocked out a brain-dump of some BAM best practices this morning for a colleague, it seems like a good thing to share more broadly. It's a starter for 10 and I'll refine it over time I'm sure, the book covers all of these things in far more detail as you'd expect :) • Avoid continuation where you...
  • Blog Post: Professional BizTalk Server 2006: Shipping!

    I've just had an update from Wiley and the book arrived into their warehouse last Friday (20th April) and it started physically shipping to stores yesterday (Monday 23rd April) so if you've pre-ordered expect it to arrive real soon! I hope you enjoy it! Woo Hoo!!
  • Blog Post: Watch out: DebugView (OutputDebugString) & Performance

    For developer level tracing the tracing classes held within the System.Diagnostics namespace are often used along with the Windows Sysinternals DebugView tool. Tracing events are written to OutputDebugString via the DefaultTraceListener trace listener. This listener writes output to OutputDebugString...
  • Blog Post: Professional BizTalk Server 2006: Release Date

    Hi, I'm reliably informed by Wiley that the book should be in-stock at their warehouse on the 23rd April 2007 and should then ship to distributors/stores in the US followed by international outlets subject to delivery times. Enjoy! Woo Hoo!
  • Blog Post: Professional BizTalk Server 2006: Chapter List

    Following on from my previous post, included below is the final chapter list and a brief overview of the content covered in each chapter. Chapter 1: Technical Primer—This chapter primes the reader on some key technologies that each developer should have a basic understanding of to aid with development...
  • Blog Post: Professional BizTalk Server 2006: Off to the printers

    A year on, ~224,000 words and over 600 pages later, and Professional BizTalk Server 2006 has finally gone to the printers! This book has been a mammoth undertaking for all involved, but having just reviewed the entire book end-to-end I’m extremely proud of what we’ve achieved. The final cover is shown...
  • Blog Post: Professional BizTalk Server 2006: Review Complete!

    I've been dying to provide an update on the book for some weeks but I thought it best not to keep drip feeding small progress steps, as of today (21st February) the author review (AR) process is now complete and the book is off for copyediting which ultimately means a series of PDFs are created for each...
  • Blog Post: Professional BizTalk Server 2006: Content Complete

    I'm pleased to announce that all of the content for my book is now complete! As of two weeks ago we've now entered the reviewing/copyedit phase which should last until the end of the year keeping us on track for a March publication. Woo Hoo! Words cannot express my relief! The last few months have...
  • Blog Post: A BizTalk Swicki!

    A colleague of mine just introduced me to the concept of Swicki's, what on earth is that you ask? It's effectively a community personalised search engine. When you create a swicki you supply a initial list of sites that the community (BizTalk in this case) rates as having the most effective and relevant...
  • Blog Post: Another Book Update: Performance & Scalability Chapter shipped

    Another book update, I shipped the Performance and Scalability chapter yesterday which I’ve hammered out in the last week. It’s come together well with three main sections: Laying the foundations, Monitoring and Common Symptoms. Laying the foundations covers all of the things you must do before...
  • Blog Post: Professional BizTalk Server 2006 Update

    I thought those of you that still read this rather poorly-updated blog might be interested in the current state of play with my BizTalk Book ! It's been taking every spare moment of my life hence the blog has had to take a back-seat, plus I need some content for the book :-) The end is in sight with...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk Server 2006 R2

    In case you missed the announcement on Tuesday, Microsoft has announced a new release of BizTalk Server 2006 called BizTalk Server 2006 R2 (Release 2) to ship H1 2007. R2 will build on the core foundation of BizTalk Server 2006 and won't introduce any architectural changes instead it's focusing on...
  • Blog Post: Adapters chapter is shipped!

    I've finally shipped the Adapters chapter of Professional BizTalk Server 2006 , which makes 3 chapters done and plenty more to go :( The chapter specifically doesn't cover writing Custom Adapters or the underlying Adapter architecture as I've taken the call that BizTalk Unleashed contains the "bible...
  • Blog Post: Professional BizTalk Server 2006 Book Update

    Phew! After some very long days and nights I've shipped my second Chapter to Wiley, I decided to go after the chapter I was most passionate about this time round and the Business Activity Monitoring (BAM) chapter was born - some 105 pages which is slightly worrying given the book itself is only supposed...
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