Open Source in the Microsoft World

Ayende posted a pretty compeling piece about the problems faced by the Open Source tooling projects in the Microsoft World (mostly .NET). I think he makes a lot of good points and I tend to agree with what he sayd overall (and I've said some of it in the past)....

The BizTalk Server 2006 Compensation Model

Charles Young has written an excellent long article on the BizTalk Server transaction and compensantion model in orchestrations, discussing how long running transaction works and how the compensation mechanism works on them an atomic transactions. Good stuff; highly recommended. Technorati tags: BizTalk Server, BTS

WCF, WF and BizTalk Sample Posted

We just uploaded to our corporate site a small sample we created for the Windows Vista Launch in Colombia, showing some features in Windows Communication Foundation, Windows Workflow Foundation and BizTalk Server 2006. The sample showcases a simple business scenario that uses features like WCF self-hosted services, multiple bindings (HTTP and TCP)...

I Suck at WPF

Creating decent WPF applications is definitely hard for someone design-challenged as me. I've been trying to polish a small sample WPF client for a WCF service sample I've been playing with, and this is the best I've managed to come up with: Ugly, isn't it? Doesn't quite help the fact that,...

WCF ServiceHost Failures and IDisposable

Some time ago I posted a rant about how I disliked the failure model for Windows Communication Foundation ServiceHosts. Turns out I was only partly right. The thing is, the ServiceHost behavior is not quite as I described. When it fails it actually does throw a useful exception, however, you...

Receiving Binary Messages in BizTalk

On a recent project, we had to deal with binary messages in BizTalk Server 2004. Specifically, we needed to run a binary message through an orchestration, both receiving it and sending it through messaging ports, as well as passing it to custom .NET components that knew how to manipulate it....

Moved to Google Reader

I mentioned in the past that I had been evaluating Google Reader as an alternative to Newsgator. When I repaved my machine to move to Vista, I decided to skip the newsgator installation and take the plunge. I'm happy to report it has been going well, and although I miss...

BizTalk and Host Integration Server News

Some good news in the BizTalk and Host Integration Server (HIS) world: The new Host Integration Server Team Blog has launched! Looking forward to good content on the new features in HIS 2006. The BizTalk Developer Center in MSDN has new content for december, focusing on integrating BizTalk with Windows...

Choosing the Right MS Integration Technology

Irena Kennedy posted a lengthy entry on choosing the right integration technology from the growing stack of frameworks and servers Microsoft Offers. Included in the entry as candidates are: SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS), SQL Server Service Broker (SSBS), SQL Server Replication, MSMQ, BizTalk and WCF.  Plenty of good stuff...

Virtual PC 2007 Problem with WPF

Like Jeff Lynch, I've been running the Virtual PC 2007 lately since my Vista RTM install. In general terms, it works just as well (or just as fair, more likely) as Virtual PC 2004. Like Jeff, I've always had the problem with the Centrino chipsets issues in Virtual PC (though in...