Darren Jefford

Solution Architect, Microsoft Consulting Services, Microsoft UK
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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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    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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    We're Hiring

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    Shameless plug J My team is hiring, if your interested check the links below: Current Open Vacancy http://www.microsoft.com/uk/careers/jobdetails.aspx?jobid=90281468 If the above is closed then you apply from here: http://www.microsoft.com/uk/careers...
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    Traveling and Software Factories

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    I know – there’s been a distinct lack of blogging recently, my excuses are that I’ve been in Seattle twice in the last month or so and have been catching up with all my customer work as a result. For the first time in ages I’ve managed to get out from...
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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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    Calling a .NET Assembly from Orchestration with Schema Types

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    There I was today pointing at a customer at a past blog entry on this topic – when I realized I’d never got around to posting it, Doh! Apologies for sitting on this for the last few months! I was running some BizTalk training earlier this year and got...
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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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    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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    Team System Sample Projects and Documentation update

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    There is a VSTS documentation update here which provides a pre-release form of the VSTS specific documentation (Tech Refresh just came with the standard Whidbey Beta 1 documentation) This documentation contains a number of walkthroughs which is a great...
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    Installing Visual Studio Team System

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    The Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) CTP build is now up on the MSDN Subscriber downloads site . There are three bits that comprise a Team System installation · The Database tier (SQL Server 2005 Beta 2 – Yukon) · The Application tier (Team Foundation...
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    Seattle

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    I touched down in Seattle yesterday; I’m out here for a week for some Visual Studio Team System Developer Labs and some customer meetings. Planning to get loads of blog entries up this week on Team System!
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    Looping around Message Elements

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    I had loads of fun a few weeks back with coming up with some options inside BizTalk on how to separate multiple elements inside a Message for individual processing. e.g: Retrieving all of the items individually in this Order message <Order> <Items>...
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    BizTalk Core Engine Blogging

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    In case you haven’t already spotted it, The BizTalk Core Engine team have a blog – The first posting on discarded messages is great, keep it coming!
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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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    Kevin Smith has a blog!

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    Kevin Smith has just created a blog , he joined MCS in the UK a few months back and is a mine of knowledge with regard to BizTalk, especially the core engine and message infrastructure – and has been invaluable in answering the really hard “Just...
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    Visual Studio 2005 Team System Walkthroughs

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    Some walkthroughs and sample projects for TS are available here – Looks like they should have been in the build recently released. They cover: Unit Testing, Web Testing, Load Testing, Profiling and Code Analysis!
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    Installing BizTalk Server 2004 with SQL Server on another machine

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    I’ve seen so many problems with customers installing BizTalk Server 2004 and having the SQL Server on another physical machine, it’s not a problem with BizTalk Server per-se but in my experience mainly down to the security lock down of Windows...
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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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    Visual Studio 2005 Team System

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    As you’ve probably already spotted, The Visual Studio 2005 Team System (aka Burton) was announced for the first time at TechEd last week. I’ve been tracking this for a while internally and its fantastic, at last a new brand new SourceSafe...
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    BizTalk Server 2004 MSDN Articles

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    I’ve been thinking about writing a MSDN article and have some ideas for topics based on the (many) comments to my postings to date and from customers I’ve spoken to, but thought I’d open the floor to all of you for suggestions. No...
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    Handy BizTalk Debugging Tip

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    So, you’ve got Health and Activity Tracking (HAT) to look at the messages and orchestrations inside your BizTalk server, but typically you want more application level logging in the real world. The Enterprise Instrumentation Framework (EIF) is...
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    Posting Messages Back to the Message Box - Again

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    Ok, everyone wants a copy of the sample, so I’ve found somewhere to store files and it’s here My sample is pretty straightforward, the PreProcessing orchestration retrieves all messages that haven't been processed, then marks the Message as being PreProcessed...
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    Posting Messages Back to the Message Box

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    I’ve been thinking about a problem for a few weeks and managed to figure it out last week, the requirement was for all messages coming into BizTalk on a particular port to be put through a form of pre-processing implemented by an Orchestration....
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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 2004 Documentation available for download!

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    For those of you who have already installed BizTalk 2004 you’ll have found that the supplied documentation was pretty thin on the ground J The product team has just posted the latest documentation online here which has a lot more content, however...
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