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Jesus Built My Hotrod

A new online BizTalk mag has come out, a more pleasent read than most whitepapers, especially if you're a motor head or a fan of that Ministry song.

Posted On Tuesday, April 17, 2007 9:36 PM

Unable to open Orchestration Designer in Visual Studio
We are developing BizTalk applications with Visual Studio Team Edition and every now and then for some reason the Orchestration Designer is removed from the "Open With" dialog, thus when one double clicks on an orchestration it is opened with the Xml Editor. Although I'm not sure why this happens, I suspected the items in this dialog were configured in the Windows Registry ... and so they were, so to fix: 1) Open RegEdit 2) Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software... and ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 17, 2007 7:55 PM

System Testing BizTalk Applications with BAM & Xlsb File Generation
In the past I have noticed that system testers find it difficult to test middleware applications such as those implemented using BizTalk. System testers generally don't want to read BizTalk xml messages dumped out to disk, they like to be able to query for their test results via some form of GUI. Many are adept at writing SQL to return result sets containing the test data they want to analyze. I came up with the idea of using BAM relationships between different activities within a single view to ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 10, 2007 6:37 AM

Passed the BizTalk 2006 Exam
84% it wasn't that bad, but it should have been easy after 3+ years working with BizTalk, lots on BAM and the BRE. I think I lost marks on the drag and drop questions and there was a tricky question on coding a BRE fact retriever. I used Saravana's exam preparation diary.

Posted On Wednesday, April 4, 2007 9:25 PM

BizTalk R2 Beta 2 is supposed to be a public release, so non-TAPpers can get their hands on it

BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Beta 2 released - Thanks Mike ;)

Posted On Tuesday, April 3, 2007 8:26 PM

in a sequential convoy the ports must be identical

A client was getting this compile error "in a sequential convoy the ports must be identical" when compiling an orchestration which had two consecutive receive ports in a sequential convoy. The answer was simple they needed to use a concurrent convoy not a sequential convoy.

Posted On Monday, March 26, 2007 8:46 PM

Goodbye Synergy hello London
I haven't posted for a while I've just finished work on a Banks SOA framework written with extensive use of WCF (which is very very extensible!). Started work implementing their Kiwisaver group investments initiative in BizTalk 2006 R2. We were one of the first out of the blocks in utilising the R2 WCF adapter (could be a bit more configurable), the WCF interceptor and AS2 adapter (interesting BAM continuations). Then after 3 years I decided to leave Synergy and go freelance for a while before moving ......

Posted On Thursday, March 22, 2007 8:33 PM

Business Activity Monitoring (BAM) and 2.0 Web Parts
Last year at the Microsoft BPI Conference in Seattle over a few beers Scott Alan (a Microsoft integration technology specialist) shared with me his idea about using 2.0 Web Parts to present BAM data. The idea was to give managers a more precise, flexible and easy to use interface into their business processes, they could essentially go to one dashboard and get a historical and current view of how various areas of their business unit or organisation were doing. I’ve searched the blogosphere ......

Posted On Monday, July 10, 2006 1:49 AM

BizTalk install uninstall bat file generator
I wrote this little utility almost 2 years ago to speed up deployment and binding, enlisting, enabling and starting BizTalk components in a development environment and then to perform the uninstall. It works well on simple BizTalk projects. With more complex BizTalk projects I would recommend using Nant. My colleges and I now never use msi's for installs\uninstalls as they are harder to debug when a deployment fails and less configurable than Nant which is also open source. I know my posting of this ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 21, 2006 10:44 PM

BizTalk 2004 implementing a recieve pipeline component inside an orchestration
What I am about to describe will not be new to a lot of you, in fact BizTalk Bill suggested this technique a users group meeting. The fact is, that before Christmas I could find no documentation on it in my usual trawling of the blogosphere to see if there was a more elegant way with BizTalk 2004 to employ envelope splitting inside an Orchestration … I couldn’t find one. So I’m going to spell it out for you here.Before Christmas I was looking into a way of receiving a large amount ......

Posted On Sunday, January 15, 2006 11:40 PM

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