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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...

New Blog Theme

I've been playing the last couple of days with my blog's dasBlog theme and I've settled on a new design for now. There's still some tweaking left to do, but I'm happy enough with the results for now :-) Technorati tags: dasBlog

Visual DSLs

Scott Bellware wrote yesterday on disambiguating fluent interfaces (aka APIs) from domain-specific languages. Rant aside it's an interesting read. Something, however, gave me a chuckle: Scott says: "At some point in the near future, Microsoft will tell the .NET mainstream that DSL's are visual, that they are drag-and-drop, and that...

Atomic Soul

I just picked Russell Allen's Atomic Soul CD a couple of days, and I've been loving it; great stuff and highly recommended. The opening song, Blackout, is pretty strong right from the start, and Seasons of Insanity is sure to remind you playing Doom :-). Technorati tags: Music

Wombat

I discovered a few days ago another great color scheme I ran into for Vim: Wombat, by Lars H. Nielsen. I've been using this one for a few days now and I'm loving it, so for now it will be replacing moria, my previous favorite. Unfortunately, I don't think this one...

Suspending Messages and Cleanup

Here's another reminder to myself when writing BizTalk Adapters: When creating a receive-side BizTalk adapter, you need to be extra careful about when you can release (clean up) a message part data stream. There are two particular scenarios that I've seen cause trouble for adapters when trying to implement message suspension...