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  • Blog Post: WCF LOB Adapter SDK and BizTalk Adapter Pack Whitepaper

    Download this paper by Aaron Skonnard and Matt Milner, that provides high level overview and usage scenarios for the SDK, BizTalk Adapter Pack and BizTalk WCF adapters.
  • Blog Post: WCF LOB Adapter SDK SP1

    Download WCF LOB Adapter SDK SP1 at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=106906 .
  • Blog Post: Announcing the BizTalk Adapter Pack

    At 2008 Microsoft Office System Developer Conference on Feb 11, 2008, Microsoft announced the availability of the BizTalk Adapter Pack. You can find the links to the data sheet and BizTalk Adapter Pack Office Program at the following website (look for the two hyperlinks at the top). http://www.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: WCF-based BizTalk Adapter Pack is released to manufacturing!

    The adapters team is very happy to announce the release of the following products on Jan 31, 2008: BizTalk Adapter Pack WCF LOB Adapter SDK SP1 BizTalk Adapter Pack contains the new WCF-based adapters for SAP, Siebel and Oracle Database. These adapters are developed using WCF LOB Adapter...
  • Blog Post: Understanding various WCF communication options

    David Chappell has written an interesting paper outlining various messaging options available in the .NET Framework 3.5 including WCF channels, RESTful communication and BizTalk Services. There is also a section on WCF LOB Adapter SDK in this document under the heading - "Communication with line-of-business...
  • Blog Post: WCF LOB Adapter SDK at upcoming conferences

    I still have a part of my foot in the WCF and LOB adapters world. :-) I can be found talking about connectivity with the line-of-business applications using WCF LOB Adapter SDK and BizTalk Adapter Pack at the following two upcoming conferences. If you are there and would like to meet up, drop me a line...
  • Blog Post: Moving on ...

    As we have shipped the V1 of WCF LOB Adapter SDK, I am now moving onto a new project. I hope this blog was useful for the subset of developers who are interested in developing WCF-based adapters. If there are any specific question, I will be happy to answer those and/or pass them along to the appropriate...
  • Blog Post: Do we need to GAC the adapter assembly?

    We have created a projected based on WCF LOB Adapter SDK. So just want to understand, do we really need to GAC the adapter project assembly? Also, if the adapter is using third party assemblies, is it really required to GAC them as well? For example, if we using Log4Net (for logging errors & information...
  • Blog Post: WCF LOB Adapter SDK Q & A

    C. Venkatesh, Principal Group Manager of WCF LOB Adapter SDK at Microsoft provides following answers to these commonly asked questions about this adapter SDK. Q1. What is WCF LOB Adapter SDK, who should be using it and why? The WCF LOB Adapter SDK is targeted at developers that are interested in...
  • Blog Post: WCF LOB Adapter SDK is now generally available for download . . .

    We are pleased to announce the release of WCF LOB Adapter SDK. Here are some of the related links: WCF LOB Adapter SDK Technology Site WCF LOB Adapter SDK Download Site WCF LOB Adapter SDK MSDN Forum BizTalk Server Roadmap Building Custom WCF Channels While the team is working...
  • Blog Post: QualifiedType accessor to XML Schema type mapping

    This previous post shows how WCF LOB Adapter SDK metadata object model can be used to define metadata for operations and/or types so that the WCF contract (WSDL) can be generated from it. The ResolveOperationMetadata() / ResolveTypeMetadata() methods in Microsoft.ServiceModel.Channels.Common.IMetdataResolverHandler...
  • Blog Post: WCF LOB Adapter SDK Performance Counters

    WCF LOB Adapter SDK provides the following built-in performance counters to help gauge performance of the adapter. You can view these performance counters in Performance Management Console (perfmon.msc). Select the performance object named "ServiceModel Adapters". % Cache full ...
  • Blog Post: Declarative XML Parsing - Adapter Data Readers/Writers

    Are you using adapter data reader / writer derived classes? WCF LOB Adapter SDK team had introduced adapter XML data readers/writers in Beta 2. Since an adapter developer, who is using WCF LOB Adapter SDK to build an adapter, is working with XML messages in inbound / outbound handlers, the parsing...
  • Blog Post: Sample SQL Adapter built using WCF LOB Adapter SDK

    WCF LOB Adapter SDK 'RC' ships with two sample adapters - Contoso Adapter - uses a canned back-end defined using SQL Server 2005. Echo Adapter - a simple adapter that shows how to use WCF LOB Adapter SDK API and includes a usage pattern for inbound scenarios Both of these adapters are limiting...
  • Blog Post: Retrieving metadata from adapter developed using adapter SDK

    See following posts for more information on this topic. How to: Browse/Search metadata from WCF LOB Adapter How to: Retrieve WSDL from WCF LOB Adapter
  • Blog Post: How to: Browse/Search metadata in a WCF LOB Adapter

    Adapter consumer can browse/search metadata from WCF LOB Adapter using following ways: Using Add Adapter Service Reference Visual Studio Plug-In Using Consume Adapter Service BizTalk Project Add-In Using Microsoft.ServiceModel.Channels.Tools.MetadataSearchBrowse.MetadataUserControl Using...
  • Blog Post: How to: Generate a WSDL from a WCF LOB Adapter

    Add Adapter Service Reference Visual Studio Plug-In generates a Common Language Runtime (CLR) objects in C#, VB, J#, etc. and Consume Adapter Service BizTalk Project Add-In generates XML Schemas. You can use one of the following methods to generate a Web Servce Description Language (WSDL) file for selected...
  • Blog Post: Consume Adapter Service BizTalk Project Add-In

    The Consume Adapter Service BizTalk Project Add-In is metadata generation tool included in WCF LOB Adapter SDK for use with BizTalk Projects. This add-in is only installed if WCF LOB Adapter SDK Setup detects BizTalk Server 2006 R2 (RC or RTW version) on user’s machine. This tool can be used by adapter...
  • Blog Post: WCF LOB Adapter SDK 'RC' is now available for public download

    I haven't had many posts in last few days as we have been working on releasing first public beta 'Release Candidate' of WCF LOB Adapter SDK. Now some of you who did express interest in trying this SDK will be able to download it without having to sign Microsoft's Technology Adoption Program (TAP) agreement...
  • Blog Post: WCF LOB Adapter Usage Patterns

    An adapter built using WCF LOB Adapter SDK can be used in variety of topologies and scenarios. Follow your organization’s n-tier architecture principles and design patterns to determine where the adapter can fit best for your requirements. Usage Pattern 1 – Consume adapter in a .NET managed application...
  • Blog Post: WCF LOB Adapter SDK and its relationship with WCF Channel Model

    In this post, I will show how WCF LOB Adapter SDK relates to WCF Service Model and WCF Channel Model. I have briefly talked about this topic in the following posts: · Where does a WCF LOB Adapter fit in the WCF Channel Stack? · Adapter as a WCF Binding – In Depth · Scenarios for creating an...
  • Blog Post: Add Adapter Service Reference Visual Studio Plug-In

    The Add Adapter Service Reference Visual Studio Plug-In is metadata proxy generation tool shipped with WCF LOB Adapter SDK. It is installed on the users machine as part of Typical setup of the WCF LOB Adapter SDK. This tool can be used by the adapter consumers in Visual Studio 2005 to browse (and search...
  • Blog Post: Transaction support in inbound message exchange handler

    Scenario: How does WCF LOB Adapter SDK enable transaction support in the inbound message exchange handler? There are two ways of providing transaction support within the adapter inbound message exchange handler. Transactions initiated by dispatcher Set Microsoft.ServiceModel.Channels...
  • Blog Post: Contract Generation from WSDL/XML Schema - DataContractSerializer vs. XmlSerializer

    WCF LOB Adapter SDK metadata object model generates WSDL / XML Schema with constructs that are well-liked by DataContractSerializer . The Svcutil.Exe creates a proxy / service interface from this WSDL containing attributes such as ServiceContract, OperationContract, DataContract, DataMember, etc. If...
  • Blog Post: Metadata object model extensibility using ExportXmlSchema

    Scenario: Adapter Developer needs to define an operation signature using XML Schema types not directly supported by the WCF LOB Adapter SDK Metadata Object Model. For example, there is a need to have an operation signature like this – void SendXmlBlob(System.Xml.XmlElement blob). WCF LOB Adapter SDK...
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