Darren Jefford

Solution Architect, Microsoft Consulting Services, Microsoft UK

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    New Year, New Blog Home

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    Please update your Blog Aggregrator links, my blog is on the move to: http://blogs.msdn.com/darrenj Thanks!
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    Enterprise Services FAQ

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    Mike just pointed me at this superb Enterprise Services FAQ, it's a really good collection of some of the common problems people hit.
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    AWOL

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    If I’ve got any readers left, then you’ll have noticed I’ve been very quiet recently, I’ve been pretty busy with customers around BizTalk 2004 and haven’t had a chance to blog, despite having loads of blogs that I want to...
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    JIT Debugger Dialog

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    An interesting question came in last week around how to get around the “annoying” JIT-Attach Debugger dialog that pops up if an Application throws an unhandled exception, etc. As all good programs should you can add a UnhandledExceptionHandler...
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    Win32 to .NET Framework Map

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    Morgan on my team spotted this new addition to the MSDN site, it’s a map of Win32 APIs to .NET Framework calls. Handy if you know the Win32API you want to use but not sure where in the framework it’s located! http://msdn.microsoft.com/library...
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    PDC PreCon - Web Services

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    [ BlogX has been playing up and this is the second time I've written this :-( ] I went along to Don , Gudge and Tims session on Sunday,  I done a lot of work in the XML and Web Services space expecting to pick up a few nuggets of information...
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    Didn't make it to the PDC?

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    You can order the Conference DVD that contains the videos of all the sessions and presentations from here , I'm looking forward to this coming out already so I can catch the sessions that clashed or were full And if your a MSDN Universal Subscriber...
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    New Bluetooth Mouse

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    I recently splashed out on a new Microsoft Bluetooth mouse, very nice and I (foolishly) just expected it to plug in and work.. I’m running XP SP2 as you’d expect which has got built-in support for Bluetooth and for my other Bluetooth devices seems to...
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    WTF!

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    Mike pointed me at the Daily WTF site, and this really made me laugh – and there are many posts just like it. Fascinating reading!
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    Virtual PC 2004 SP1

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    I’m a bit slow posting this but Virtual PC 2004 SP1 has been released; this fixes the highly irritating “sticky” CTRL key problem detailed in an older post and fixes numerous other problems including the bizarre Notepad file truncation...
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    Domain Specific Language Tool Support

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    As I mentioned yesterday, our tools support for Domain Specific Languages (DSL) has now been unveiled , the first step to enabling the Software Factories vision You too can leverage the design surface technology in Visual Studio 2005 – you can see great...
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    Bloggers Guide To BizTalk

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    Alan Smith has taken the initiative and produced this fanstatic Bloggers Guide to BizTalk . He's collected together some of the best BizTalk posts from the various blogs and wrapped them up in a CHM file and will be updating it monthly. I've written a...
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    BizTalk Overload

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    Anyone would think I’m some form of BizTalk specialist at the moment, I’ve got a few more BizTalk things to blog about and then we’re back to normal service – honest J
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    BizTalk Deployment Gotcha

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    Over the past month or so I’ve been putting together some fairly extensive BizTalk training for customers and have just finished 3 deliveries so I’m trying to catch up! During this training I ran some labs, which seemed to went well but...
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    New BizTalk Whitepapers

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    I’ve been on holiday so catching up – In case you haven’t already seen these they’re well worth a good look especially the fantastic performance paper: BizTalk Server 2004 Performance Characteristics BizTalk Server 2004 Technical...
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    XML is like....

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    Fantastic! This made me laugh J
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    BizTalk Performance Blog

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    The BizTalk team have just started a new blog focussed on Performance and it looks fantastic , they are going to focus on the top "pain points" which is great news. Please check it out!!
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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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    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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    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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    Blogging, and writing a book chapter

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    Blogging always seems to take a backseat when things get busy, but worry not I’ve got a pile of postings that I’ll try and get through over the next week or so. The key reason why I’ve been quiet on the blogging front is that when I was in Seattle...
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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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    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: Off to the printers

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    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...
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    Professional BizTalk Server 2006: Chapter List

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    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...
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