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  • Blog Post: BizTalk Server R2 Scale-Out Configuration Poster

    Are you interested in a concise summary of some of the scale-out options for BizTalk Server R2? How about if the summary was a poster you could print out, tack to a wall, and cover with Post-It's? If so, look no further than the BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Scale-Out Configurations poster. It shows the...
  • Blog Post: Nifty Community Content, part 1

    BizTalk Server has a vibrant community full of smart folks offering up tricks, tips and gems. Some great sites include the following listed in no particular order and definitely incomplete: BizTalk Server at Codeplex . The BizTalkDisassembler add-in for .NET Reflector is a great addition...
  • Blog Post: MSD Magazine: 8 Tips and Tricks For Better BizTalk Programming

    Marty and Scott have an article in this month's MSDN Magazine, "8 Tips and Tricks For Better BizTalk Programming". Each tip (I am not giving any away) is reinforced with useful details and examples. The article also includes a short list of resources for new BizTalk Server 2006 developers. Take a...
  • Blog Post: How To Download BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Beta 2

    BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Beta 2 is now available from the Microsoft Connect Site. If you are not a member of the BizTalk Server 2006 R2 connect community, you can still get a copy of the beta through the Microsoft Connect Site, but it takes some persistence. 1. Navigate to the Microsoft Connect Site...
  • Blog Post: Repurposing Content

    There are software tools for just about anything these days. One class of tools lets users like you and me convert a CHM into other formats including, not surprisingly, PDF. Sure, you could grab a copy of most of the BizTalk Server 2006 documentation from the Developer Center (a zip that contains a PDF...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk Server SDK Sample Uber Collection

    The uber collection of all SDK samples published to the BizTalk Server developer center has gone live here . Make sure you have some megs available on yer hard drive -- about 50 or so -- or you will be unhappy when you unpack 'em. I caught a couple of episodes of "new" Scooby Doo and thought they...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk Server SDK Sample Boxed Set

    We have received a few requests to create a single zip file containing all of the SDK samples on the BizTalk Server Developer Center Code Samples page . Since this is something I can do quickly outside of formal channels, I grabbed a copy of all of the samples and crammed them into a single zip: ...
  • Blog Post: So You Want To Write An Orchestration?

    Is there a BizTalk Server 2006 orchestration in your future? This post is a modest attempt to catalog some of the many useful tidbits of information out on the web. It will evolve over time. Legend blog = blog post core = BizTalk Server 2006 core documentation hosted on MSDN....
  • Blog Post: New Custom Pipeline Whitepaper + Sample

    A new whitepaper Understanding Design-Time Properties for Custom Pipeline Components in BizTalk Server is available here . From the blurb: This article explores the details of designing and building Microsoft® BizTalk® Server 2004 and BizTalk Server 2006 custom pipeline components that use design...
  • Blog Post: So You Want To Write A Map?

    Looking for information about writing a map in BizTalk Server 2006? This post is a modest attempt to catalog some of the many useful tidbits of information out on the web. Legend blog = blog post core = BizTalk Server 2006 core documentation hosted on MSDN. lib = non-core...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk Server Operations content

    Liza, a Technical Writer on the BizTalk Server 2006 Documentation team, is investigating updating the Operations section of the documentation. A large part of this effort is accomplished through customer feedback and in finding out what is missing, incorrect, unclear or simply needs work. To this...
  • Blog Post: Alton Brown and the Art of the Walkthrough

    BizTalk Server 2006 is a complex program comprised of many moving parts and a multitude of related systems that, when combined, solve complex business problems. Developing for BizTalk Server requires attention to a number of details from the obvious (setting up a receive port) to the obscure (linking...
  • Blog Post: Ping

    I've been ignoring the blog. On the BizTalk front, if anyone is interested in providing thoughtful comments on existing and new content, drop me a line c/o this blog. Other things: It is cold and rainy around Seattle . After living here a year, it doesn't seem so bad. Eskimos have a dozen...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk Anti-Patterns

    Does it make sense to have a collection of anti-patterns (ant-solutions) for BizTalk? Each anti-pattern might address the following: Anti-Pattern Name - gotta have a name. Pattern - A brief description of the pattern. Scenario / Cause - the event or events that engendered the anit-pattern...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk, Custom Pipelines, Bobby Knight, and Visual Basic.NET

    I've spent the better part of the day writing and testing a BizTalk Server 2006 custom pipeline written in Visual Basic.NET. This will be published as an SDK sample in the BizTalk Server Developer Center . It wasn't so much that it was a difficult topic -- I modeled it on an existing SDK sample so it...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk Developer TS Guide

    Coinciding with Uncle George 's re-release of the original Star Wars trilogy, MSDN has published the Developers Guide to Troubleshooting BizTalk Server 2006 . The document includes advice gathered from the field, from product support services, knowledgebase articles, first-hand experience, folks from...
  • Blog Post: Finding the Orchestration Viewer Controller II

    Jason Birth has released a new version of his BizTalk Server 2004 Documentor program that handles (you guessed it) BizTalk Server 2006. The download is available from gotdotnet here ; the project page can be found here . It is a great little program that generates a handy CHM file which, unlike groups...
  • Blog Post: Finding the Orchestration Viewer Control

    Let's see how quickly we can put orchestration viewer functionality into a .NET application using nothing but our wits, Reflector , and Visual Studio 2005. The HAT tool has a spiffy little orchestration debugger that displays events on the left and what appears to be a design view of the target orchestration...
  • Blog Post: Assembly Viewers

    I was slogging through the documentation looking for details on GACing custom functoid assemblies that I know I had seen before when I ran across the BizTalk Assembly Viewer . This nifty little tool is a Windows Shell extension for examining deployed BizTalk assemblies and assembly types and lets you...
  • Blog Post: Note to self

    A kind reader identified a bug (and a fix) for the DBFunctoids for BizTalk Server 2006. It is a heinous bug because it is a result of not completely reading the documentation. Shameful, really. The DBFunctoid needs to keep some data around between calls, but it doesn't want to share that data across...
  • Blog Post: xs:any

    The xs:any element provides a flexible mechanism for including schemas from different namespaces. Depending upon your requirements, you can enforce varying levels of restrictions on what is allowed and what is denied through the namespace and processContents attributes. Consider three schemas: Chimpanzee...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk Server 2006 Documentor

    [4/16/2006: Attachment is fixed. Turns out that the download gets confused if the first file in the zip is an XML file.] I decided to write a set of XmlTransform extensions that retrieves configuration information from BizTalk Server 2006 using the ExplorerOM API and WMI. The code is attached and...
  • Blog Post: elementFormDefault

    elementFormDefault is like a good character actor – you tend to overlook it until something isn’t quite right. I Married Joan Technically, Gilligan’s Island would be the same with someone other than Jim Backus playing Thurston Howell III just like that show about pompous Star Fleet officers...
  • Blog Post: DBFunktoids for BizTalk Server 2004

    I back-ported the original DBFunctoids to BizTalk Server 2004 DBFunktoids and threw in a sample project . What Did I Learn Back-Porting from 2006 to 2004? With my developer attitude fully in place, I began the port thinking it would take 10 minutes tops – convert a generic Dictionary to a Hashtable...
  • Blog Post: DBFunktoids - SQL Server Stored Procedure Functoid / Extractor Functoids

    DBFunktoids is a collection of three functoids that enable the invocation and manipulation of SQL Server 2000 / 2005 stored procedures and their results. You can find a zip with the project and a compiled assembly at the end of this article. DBFunktoids were written for BizTalk 2006 and the .NET...
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