BizTalk 2006, MSMQ and BizTalk 2002

A little over a year ago I posted an entry about a new feature included in the MSMQ Send Adapter in BizTalk 2006 which provided a way to send messages through MSMQ from BizTalk to legacy applications that required the message contents to be formatted using the ActiveXFormatter, or that...

Xubuntu 8.04 Installed

Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) came out this week, and I downloaded it right away via torrent. I decided to go this time with Xubuntu, which uses XFCE as the desktop environment instead of the regular Gnome or KDE based editions. I had already fooled around with XFCE before and found...

Registering Null Adapter on 64-Bit Machines

Shashikant Raina was kind enough to share with me an issue he ran into while trying my /dev/null Adapter for BizTalk Server on a 64-bit machine: After creating the adapter registry keys using the included .reg file, he noticed that the adapter would not appear listed in the BizTalk Administration...

MVP Summit 2008

Provided the American Airlines problems from this week get sorted out, I'll be attending the MVP Summit again this year. I'll be arriving Sunday pretty late but will be staying until Friday. If anyone wants to meet, chat, or just say Hi, send me an email (tomas at winterdom.com) or...

Generating files with PowerShell

Yesterday I needed to generate a bunch of small files to use as input for testing, as I needed to reproduce a bug I was tracking down. More to the point, I needed to generate 2000 files of size 781 bytes. Update: I screwed up the code snippets on my...

Async Pipelines and PipelineReader Issues

I've been spending some time this week coding some changes to a custom PowerShell PSHost for an application. One of the changes I wanted to experiment with was changing the code that executed commands so that it used Pipeline.InvokeAsync() instead of Pipeline.Invoke(). There are a couple of things that need...

PipelineTesting v1.1.2.0

I've just uploaded a new version of my PipelineTesting library. This one contains just a few minor modifications: A few improved unit tests, and new methods to make it easier to create multi-part messages to use as pipeline inputs. Here's an example of the last one: IBaseMessage message = MessageHelper.Create(...

Distant Shores - A Visual Studio Color Scheme

I created this color scheme a while ago but had not posted it yet. Distant Shores is a low-contrast color scheme with a dark background. I've been using it for a while now and it's fairly usable (particularly on a bright screen); though it is a bit different than most...

Editing PowerShell Scripts with Vim

I've been using Vim to edit my PowerShell scripts for a while. I get full syntax highlighting and indentation thanks to Peter Provost's excellent scripts: Syntax file Indent file File Type Plugin file These work great most of the time, but a couple of things had been nagging me for...

PowerShell Fortune

The first version of Linux I ever used was Slackware 2.3 running one of those pesky 1.X kernels. Since then, one of my all-time favorite utilities has been the Fortune program, which displays quotes on the console when run. <img style="border-right: 0px; border-top: 0px; border-left: 0px; border-bottom: 0px" height="339" alt="fortune"...