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  • 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: WCF Transport Channel for WebSphere MQ by IBM

    Do you want your .NET application to talk to WebSphere MQ Series? IBM has utilized the extensibility features of WCF and built a proof-of-concept Custom Channel for WebSphere MQ for Windows Communication Foundation . This proof-of-concept product enables IBM WebSphere MQ (WMQ) to be used as a custom...
  • 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 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: 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: 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: How to invoke the Metadata Resolver and resolve metadata without using Visual Studio Plug-Ins?

    Scenario: You want to get an adapter generated WSDL / XML Schema for a subset of operations. The following code snippets show how to retrieve a ServiceDescription (WSDL) for a given set of operation identifiers. Method 1 – Using WCF provided MetadataExchangeClient Ensure you have the metadata...
  • Blog Post: Passing SOAP actions to Adapter Inbound Handler for filtering type of listeners

    Scenario: How can an Adapter Consumer pass the operation SOAP action to the Adapter Inbound Handler StartListener() method at run-time? WCF provides a feature called Custom Behaviors that lets us inject common and "cross-cutting" logic into the WCF runtime either at the proxy (i.e., the client) or...
  • Blog Post: Using adapters in composite services / business processes

    The WCF-based adapters can be used within an aggregated inter or intra enterprise business process to provide a true business level “building blocks” that reduce the time, cost and complexity of enterprise integration. Think of a composite service that involves the consumption of multiple business functions...
  • Blog Post: Seeking customers for evaluating WCF-based adapters to SAP, Siebel or Oracle DB

    Do you have mySAP Business Suite, Siebel or Oracle Database in your organization? Would you be interested in integrating with these systems from within your custom .NET, BizTalk Server and/or Office applications using Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) service oriented interfaces? Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Implementing Adapter Inbound Message Exchange Handler - Part 3 (Consumption in .NET Console Application using WCF Channel Model)

    You saw in this post , how to test the inbound functionality of the WCF-based adapter using the WCF Service Model. If you are interested in testing the Adapter Inbound Handler using the WCF Channel Model, the following sample shows you how to do so. This bypasses the de-serialization of the WCF messages...
  • Blog Post: Implementing Adapter Inbound Message Exchange Handler - Part 2 (Consumption in .NET Console Application using WCF Service Model)

    In my previous post, I covered the Adapter Developer perspective on creating a sample WCF-based adapter with Inbound Message Exchange Handler support. Once the inbound handler implementation is complete in the adapter, the adapter is ready for consumption. In this post, I am going to give high level...
  • Blog Post: Implementing Adapter Outbound Message Exchange Handler

    Scenario: Client executes a single synchronous outbound call in the target system using the adapter Content 1) Adapter Developer Perspective: Implement execute() method in adapter implementation of IOutboundHandler 2) Adapter Consumer Perspective: Test Adapter Outbound Handler functionality...
  • Blog Post: Tale of two adapters -- BizTalk WCF Adapter and WCF LOB Adapter

    The Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2 will ship with a BizTalk WCF Adapter. The BizTalk WCF Adapter is a bridge between BizTalk and WCF. *NEW* You can download a great paper written by Aaron Skonnard on Windows Communication Foundation Adapters in Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2 from this link . ...
  • Blog Post: Setting Client Credentials

    Scenario: The adapter needs the client credentials for establishing connection with the target system. How can a WCF client pass these credentials to the adapter? Remeber, the WCF-based adapter built using WCF LOB Adapter SDK is surfaced within a WCF Binding. The Adapter Consumer uses the WCF client...
  • Blog Post: Show me the metadata!

    WCF LOB Adapter SDK extends the WCF channel architecture with Metadata Object Model and provides an infrastructure for browsing, searching, retrieving and importing metadata from the adapter. What is metadata? See this wikipedia definition for a more descriptive definition. The WCF LOB Adapter metadata...
  • Blog Post: Adapter Proxy Generation Advanced Options

    In WCF programming model, one of the usage of ServiceModel Metadata Utility Tool ( Svcutil.Exe ) is to generate WCF service proxy files from static metadata documents (WSDL / XML Schema) or from running services. Use the command “svcutil /?” to see the list of options supported by this utility. In...
  • Blog Post: Adapter SDK Prerequisites

    One of the commonly asked questions I get is - "Do I need to install BizTalk Server as a pre-requisite for WCF LOB Adapter SDK?". The answer is No. The Adapter SDK doesn't require BizTalk Server installed on a system, before Adapter SDK can be installed or used. If, however, you wish to use the Adapters...
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