Darren Jefford

Solution Architect, Microsoft Consulting Services, Microsoft UK

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    Professional BizTalk Server 2006: Review Complete!

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    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...
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    Professional BizTalk Server 2006: Content Complete

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    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...
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    A BizTalk Swicki!

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    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...
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    Another Book Update: Performance & Scalability Chapter shipped

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    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...
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    Professional BizTalk Server 2006 Update

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    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...
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    Visual Studio Team System Books

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    Fantastic news, I got my box of complimentary copies of Professional Visual Studio Team System which is now on-sale in the UK as well as the US, so go get your copy :) It looks like a great book, especially Chapter 6 which is the DSL Tools Chapter...
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    Team Foundation Server: Subscribing to Policy Overriden Events on Checkin

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    I demonstrated over a year ago the code required to subscribe to the Policy Override event when developers checkin code, as you know you can apply Checkin policies to ensure developers do things like linking to Work Items, provide Checkin comments, etc...
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    BizTalk Server 2006 R2

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    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...
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    Adapters chapter is shipped!

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    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...
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    Professional BizTalk Server 2006 Book Update

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    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...
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    Professional BizTalk Server 2006

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    As promised here’s my draft Table of Contents for my upcoming Professional BizTalk Server 2006 book . This TOC is subject to change and I haven’t gone into full detail in each of the chapters for obvious reasons but it’s hopefully enough to whet your...
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    New Product Team BizTalk Blog

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    The BizTalk Server 2006 Product Team have pulled together a new centralised blog which you can find here , this is the central place for information direct from the product team and looks like it will be a good resource already. Remember to check there...
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    One more EventStream!

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    A quick correction on my earlier BAM posting, there are actually four EventStreams in BizTalk Server 2006, there is the MessagingEventStream which operates in the same way as the OrchestrationEventStream in that it's transactionally consistent with the...
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    VSTS Work Item Type Designer Preview

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    Hi, This is yet another long awaited “project” that I’ve been working on behind the scenes, the exponential improvement of the DSL Tools over the last year has meant I’ve had to throw away more and more code which is a great story for how compelling...
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    The nirvana of Trace Points

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    I read this , and I'm hooked! Visual Studio drives me mad when it snatches focus back when you hit a debug breakpoint. Put a breakpoint in your code, right click the red circle that appears and choose "When hit..". You can now choose what to write...
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    Business Activity Monitoring: GenerateTypedBAMAPI Tool (BizTalk 2004 release uploaded)

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    Following on from my post last night, I've just uploaded a BizTalk Server 2004 version of GenerateTypedBAMAPI to the GotDotNet workspace . It's functionally identical to the 2006 release already up there but will only work with BizTalk Server 2004...
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    Business Activity Monitoring: GenerateTypedBAMAPI Tool

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    Hi, For those of you who work with me or have already used this, the “productization” of the GenerateBAMDefinition code has been a long time in the coming! It’s been one of those “back-burner” activities where my proof-of-concept code has...
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    BizTalk 2006 Beta Documentation Now Availalble

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    Hi, The BizTalk team have just posted the latest drop of the BizTalk 2006 documentation here . For those of you that are BizTalk Server 2004 developers you'll be pleased to know that you can now download and use the documentation on a box that doesn...
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    Microsoft rebrands iPod packaging

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    This made me laugh, and oh so true :) Microsoft rebrands iPod packaging
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    Windows Vista Beta 2 CTP Released

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    In case you haven't already noticed, the Feb CTP of Windows Vista has been posted to MSDN Subscriber Downloads . I've been running various CTP and internal daily builds for a while and this is by far the most stable and if the last week is anything...
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    My new project!

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    I know I’ve been very quiet on the blog front which is the opposite of work at the moment; there are loads of things going on from BizTalk Server 2006, WCF, Workflow to Team System which is nearing its release in March! That combined with the last minute...
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    I'm on Amazon!

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    At long last the book that I've written a chapter for is listed on Amazon ! The updated cover photo hasn't been uploaded yet so you don't have to look at my ugly mug quite yet! The book is looking really good and is the best Team System resource I...
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    So Long Steve!

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    Steve White is off to Redmond to work on Sparkle , Good Luck Steve, The Team, Snakes & Ducks (of the TVP Lake) and the sign will miss you ;-) Remember mines a pint of Mack and Jacks when I'm next over ;-)
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    Dub Eff

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    An update - the official acronym is "Dub Eff" if you need to shorten it of course, othewise it's Windows Workflow Foundation! ---- Don seems to have coined the "Dub Dub Eff" pronounciation of WWF (Windows Workflow Foundation), it was well needed...
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    Windows Workflow Architect Dave Green has a blog!

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    Dave Green is the architect of Windows Workflow Foundation and has just started blogging now that we have announced Windows Workflow Foundation, check out his blog here I had the pleasure of working with Dave Green in his pre-Microsoft days, he's got...
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