Sonu's Tech Log

Sonu's ramblings on 'what' and 'why' of software products she experiences at Microsoft

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    Windows Server Code Name "Longhorn" Beta 3 available for download now!

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    Download to evaluate it at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver/longhorn/audsel.mspx . Besides other features, it also includes Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0, which provides the benefits of running a WCF service on the internet using various...
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    Microsoft Visual Studio Code Name "Orcas" and .NET 3.5 Beta 1 Shipped

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    Microsoft released beta version of Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Code Named "Orcas" and .NET 3.5 on April 19, 2007. Get started by downloading - "Orcas" Beta 1 Software (VPC image) "Orcas" Beta 1 Whitepaper "Orcas" Pre-Beta 1 CTP WCF &...
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    Setting Client Credentials

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    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...
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    Adapter Connection Management

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    One of the key features of WCF LOB Adapter SDK is target system’s Connection Management. This posts talk about how connection management is accomplished within an adapter. Contents · Connection Lifecycle · Connection Pool Settings · Extracting...
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    BizTalk multi-part messages and the BizTalk WCF Adapter

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    At MVP Summit 2007, a couple of attendees asked about how the WCF LOB Adapter SDK surfaces and handles BizTalk multi-part messages . Well, the short answer is – since Multi-part messages are not supported in BizTalk WCF Adapter Beta 2, they are not...
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    Where does a WCF LOB Adapter fit in the WCF Channel Stack?

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    The following diagrams show how WCF LOB Adapter SDK and the adapters built using the SDK fit in the WCF channel stack. WCF Layered Channels WCF LOB Adapter SDK Layered Channels Typical Message Exchange Outbound Message...
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    Adapter Anatomy

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    The adapter built using WCF LOB Adapter SDK is comprised of design-time and run-time components. The design-time user experience consists of browsing, searching and extracting Service Contract with choice of operations from the adapter. The run-time provides...
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    Consume WCF Service Wizard generates port binding configuration files for import into BizTalk Server

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    Scenario: You have already designed, implemented and hosted a WCF Service. Now, you would like to send (and get) messages to this WCF Service in a BizTalk Orchestration process. BizTalk communicates with WCF applications via BizTalk WCF Adapter, which...
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    Scenarios for creating an adapter using WCF LOB Adapter SDK and relationship with WCF Service

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    Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) is Microsoft's unified programming model for building service-oriented applications with managed code. It extends the .NET Framework to enable developers to build secure and reliable transacted Web Services that...
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    Implementing Metadata Resolver Handler

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    The Adapter Browse Handler and Adapter Search Handler implementations return an array of objects of type MetadataRetrievalNode. This object structure doesn’t contain the actual information about the input and output types of each operation. The input...
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    Implementing Metadata Search Handler

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    The implementation and usage of metadata search handler is identical to metadata browse handler, with the exception of this class returning a filtered list of metadata objects back to the caller depending on the passed in search criteria. It can return...
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    Implementing Metadata Browse Handler

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    Most databases and LOB applications provide some form of metadata that can be used to define the data that is exchanged between the adapter and the target system. Adapter Developer needs to implement IMetadataBrowseHandler interface provided within WCF...
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    Show me the metadata!

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    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...
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    Using Adapter Development Wizard

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    After WCF LOB Adapter SDK is installed on the system, the Adapter Developer can use the WCF LOB Adapter Development Wizard within Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 to create skeleton code for a new adapter. To invoke the wizard, select File > New > Project...
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    Adapter Proxy Generation Advanced Options

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    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...
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    Adapter SDK Prerequisites

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    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...
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    BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Beta 2 released

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    Today the BizTalk Server Team at Microsoft is delighted to announce the availability of Beta 2 release of the BizTalk Server 2006 R2 on the MS Connect Site. To Access the connect site for BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Go to http://connect.microsoft...
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    From Toronto to Seattle

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    I spent my last extended weekend in Toronto with my family and friends. It was my sister's birthday and we went to La Fenice restaurant for good Italian food and wine. The celebration continued on Saturday at Sam and Pete's with more food, drinks, live...
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    Where are the log files? Enable tracing in .NET WCF LOB Adapter

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    Tracing can come in quite handy during diagnostics and testing an application. The concept of tracing is not new and in Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) , tracing is built on top of System.Diagnostics. Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) provides...
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    Providing custom XML Schema files for resolving operation and type metadata

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    One of the frequently asked questions that I get from our TAP customers is about an ability to provide own schema files for resolving the metadata. In this post, I provide a simple example of accomplishing that. I will add more details in future posts...
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    How to use an Adapter built using WCF LOB Adapter SDK within a WCF Custom Binding?

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    Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) ships with a set of pre-defined bindings out of the box in order to satisfy most common scenarios. WCF also provides an ability to create user-defined custom bindings not provided by the system. This can be done...
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    About WCF LOB Adapter SDK (ASDK)

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    Many large enterprises have disparate systems including legacy mainframe, packaged and homegrown applications that need to be integrated with each other to provide end user solutions. The technology integration becomes more complex after companies go...
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    Hello World!

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    Being new to Microsoft and blogging, an introduction is in order. My name is Sonu Arora and I am a Program Manager within the Connection Systems Division within Microsoft. My team is currently working on releasing an SDK called WCF LOB Adapter SDK to...
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