• Kevin B Smith's WebLog

    My blog has moved...

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    I've moved my blogs' home, you can find it here now. Once we ship the book I plan to blog on some wider topics than BizTalk, I'll share some of the interesting things that I've been looking at recently.
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    Its been a while....the book, BizUnit and my job

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    Darren, Ewan and myself are really close to getting the book, Professional BizTalk Server 2006 out of the door, it's been hard work but hopefully it'll be worth while. The book offers insight in to how BizTalk works under the hood which will enable you...
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    BizUnit 2006 is Released – BizTalk 2006 and Visual Studio 2005

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    I’ve finally got around to finishing off BizUnit 2006 - v2.1 just in time for the BizTalk 2006 GA, this version is targeted at BizTalk 2006 and Visual Studio 2005 and is built using .Net 2.0. I’ve been using the new unit testing capability in Visual Studio...
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    Debugging BizTalk Maps and XSLT's...

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    Did you ever want to debug a BizTalk map, or any XSLT for that matter? VS 2005 has a great new feature that enables you to do just that. If you are using BizTalk and want to debug your map here’s what you do: Right click the BizTalk map and select...
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    BizTalk Server Team Blog...

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    Michael Woods, Kris Horrocks, Steve Sloan, and Mark Berman from the BizTalk Server product group have started up a blog which will I'm sure fill the void left after Scott changed groups, they already have a bunch of postings up there.
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    Concurrency and Coordination Runtime...

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    I've been tracking the CCR internally within Microsoft for a while now, and now there's an interesting channel 9 interview with the CCR guys: http://channel9.msdn.com/Showpost.aspx?postid=143582 if you've ever done any amount of concurrent programming...
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    The BizTalk Product Group is Hiring....

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    Do you want to join Microsoft? Would you like to help to shape and build the next generation of BizTalk Server? The BizTalk product group is looking for talented individuals to help build the next generation of the product. If you're interested...
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    Routing Messages to the MQ Dead Letter Queue

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    I recently had a fun problem to solve for a client of mine, essentially they wanted to route messages to the MQ Series dead letter queue and have the MQ dead letter queue handler move those messages to the queue they defined in the dead letter. ...
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    Dave Green is blogging...

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    Dave Green has started his blog, welcome Dave!. Dave is the WWF Architect, and he's been having stacks of fun building out Microsoft's workflow platform, I have to say WWF looks really cool. Dave's a very smart cookie and has been building workflow engines...
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    BizUnit 2.0 - Automated Testing for BizTalk Solutions

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    I've released BizUnit 2.0 , in case you’ve not come across it before, BizUnit is a framework that I put together to enable the rapid development of automated functional testing for BizTalk solutions, the motivation was to provide a framework that would...
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    Announcement: Get Connected to Free Product Support and Tremendous Online Collaboration

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    The product group have asked me to post this a nnouncement to let you know about the great online support that we have available, I strongly encourage you to take a look because (1) its free J , (2) there is a lot of good traffic thru it and (3) a lot...
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    Controlling the CLR Thread pool hosted by BizTalk

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    The CLR thread pool is global to the process, meaning that all components using the thread pool in a given process share the same thread pool and therefore compete for it. This for the most part is a good thing as it is more efficient in terms of system...
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    BAM: Tracking Portal

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    As we all know BizTalk Server 2004 provides a great set of enabling technologies to address a number of business problems, specifically around integration and business process management, the very nature of this technology means that BizTalk is typically...
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    BizUnit v2.0 is imminent...

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    Version 2 of BizUnit is pretty close to compleation, the new version has the notion of passing state between the individual test steps plus plenty of new test steps not ony from myself but also from a number of customers and Microsoft partners. As...
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    Processing Large Interchanges

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    Recently I’ve have had quite a few customers asking about the processing of large interchanges, and restrictions around them. Firstly, let's make sure we're on the same page regarding what an interchange is, it's a single message that contains many individual...
  • Kevin B Smith's WebLog

    I'm back...New blog...

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    I've been very busy as of late which you may have gathered from the distinct lack of activity on my blog, I have a whole load of things that I've been working on and I'll be blogging some of these very soon. In the mean time, in case you've not...
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    Rules Engine and A4Swift gotcha...

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    I've been using the A4Swift (v2.1) accelerator a lot recently, which I have to say is extremely good. Around this I though it worth sharing a tip with you all that has caused me some pain on two occasions recently!! Depending on your scenario, the issue...
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    Delivery Notification Performance

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    I'm over in Redmond currently for a couple of weeks working with the Biztalk Design Wins team doing some performance tuning on a solution for one of my customers, I’ve also been having a lot of fun catching up with my colleagues and friends from the product...
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    Kevin Lam has started a blog...

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    Kevin Lam has recently started a blog, be sure to check it out, Kevin works in the Biztalk Design Wins team and I'm sure he'll share some of the great experience he has gained designing and building enterprise solutions on Biztalk.
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    Test Framework for Rapid Test Case Development

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    Firstly apologies for the lack of activity on my blog, I have several reasonable sized pieces of work that I’ve been trying to finish off ready for posting, this is the one of those pieces, and I wanted to get this one out now as I’m off to Redmond for...
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    Bug in CustomPartyResolution SDK Pipeline Sample...

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    Owen found a bug today in the custom party resolution SDK pipeline component located in @ $:\Program Files\Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004\SDK\Samples\Pipelines\CustomPartyResolution. The bug is in the Read() method in the PartyResolutionStream class...
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    Eldar's weblog...

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    Here's another blog from the Biztalk product group that is well worth keeping an eye on, Eldar is a Program Manager for the Biztalk engine team, so I'm sure we'll be seeing some great blogs from him.
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    Acknowledgments and Negative Acknowledgments (Part 1)

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    The Biztalk engine has the notion of publishing system level (positive) Acknowledgments ( ACK’s ) which indicate a successful message transmission and Negative Acknowledgments ( NACK’s ) which indicate the suspension of a message; these are...
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    Biztalk Core Engine Blogg...

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    The Biztalk core engine team have a great blogg here , be sure to check it out, Lee has kicked it off with a great blogg on zombies . Back in the days of BTS2000 Lee and I shared an office, but after six months we had to move into our own offices, there...
  • Kevin B Smith's WebLog

    Hello!

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    Ok, so who the heck is this Kevin B Smith chap? Well, until recently I spent the bulk of my Microsoft career in Redmond working for the Biztalk Server product group where I shipped the Biztalk Server 2000, 2002 and 2004 releases. I spent all of that time...
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