Vista: Strike Two

There are things that I dislike about Windows Vista, but also quite a few things that I like. Unfortunately, for the past couple of months I've been having what I consider a "deal-breaker" problem with Vista on my main Dell Latitude D820 laptop. A few weeks ago, it started happening:...

Garden of Eden - A VS2005 Color Scheme

Here's another Visual Studio 2005 color scheme: Garden of Eden. Code: </p> Xml: </p> </p> This one is based around greenish (teal) colors, and though funky, it is quite usable. Enjoy! Download Consolas_GardenOfEden.zip </p> Update: Download the Visual Studio 2008 version here. </p> Technorati tags: Visual Studio, Color Scheme </p>...

Microsoft.BizTalk.Operations

BizTalk Server 2006 comes with a library called Microsoft.BizTalk.Operations that allows you to do common operational queries on the BizTalk message boxes and tracking databases. The concept is very cool and it is something very needed for a product like BizTalk; particularly since the WMI-based API wasn't fully updated in...

Screwing with VS for Fun and Profit

Just a little something I was fooling with tonight: Technorati tags: Visual Studio

Workflow Types and Prototypes

Windows Workflow Foundation creates workflow instances either from CLR Types describing the workflow, or from an XmlReader that provides the Workflow description in XAML. In either case, I've always viewed the entire workflow definition + creation as a variation of the prototype pattern. It's a loose interpretation, of course, but...

baf:FolderName

The BizTalk Adapter Framework handles a lot of the configuration baggage for adapters automatically using property grids and an annotated XSD schema provided by the adapter management classes. Besides this, the framework allows the developer to customize how a configuration property is edited in the property grid by including annotations in...

System.Transactions and Workflows

Scott Bellware discusses some interesting things here regarding transactions and extensibility hooks and even considering Ruby on Rails as a web front end. I'll ignore the Ruby thing, but I do want to talk about his comments on transactions and workflows. If I understand right, Scott is basically providing a...

Failed Message Routing and Send Ports

I'm putting this one here just in case I forget about it again: BizTalk Server 2006 introduced a very nice feature called Failed Message Routing. This is usually enabled on Receive Ports to allow the developer to handle failed inbound messages through BizTalk itself, as it allows the failed message to...

BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Pricing

It appears that the pricing for BizTalk Server 2006 R2 has been announced, see here, although the main BizTalk site doesn't seem to have the information yet. It would be interesting to know where the new pricing for Enterprise Edition comes from (35.000 vs 30.000 for BTS06 R1). I wonder...

Articles vs. Blogs

Larry O'Brien posted an interesting piece as a response to Jackob Nielsen's post on Articles vs. Blog Postings. Jackob Nielsen's opinion was that experts should spend their time writing longer, complete articles instead of blogging. Larry shoots down Nielsen's theories based on his own experience, and I'll agree with Larry this...