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...

BizTalk Server 2006 R2

Richard Seroter has posted a quick guide on the BizTalk 2006 R2 Beta 1 installation, showing a few of the new features included. Pretty cool stuff. Meanwhile, Jesus Rodriguez posted a cool overview on how to use the WCF adapter in R2 to invoke a WCF service using the NetTcpBinding....

XPS Reader in Vista

I've been trying out the XPS reader in Vista lately to see how much I like/don't like the new document format. The format itself seems to be just fine, I really have no problem with it. But the reader in Vista just sucks; it leaves a lot to be desired....

The Hanselman Effect

Looks like we'll now have to invent a whole new term: Hanselmanning a site :-) Just a small link in Scott's piece on programming fonts to my entry on Inconsolata pushed up my traffic yesterday enough for it to surpass even a regular weekday's traffic. Event today it shows. Not...

Catching XML Schema Errors with the PipelineTesting Library

Gregory Van de Wiele, a fellow BizTalk MVP, wrote to me a couple of weeks ago with some good information on how to catch XML Schema errors thrown by the XML Disassembler Component in a BizTalk pipeline when using my BizTalk PipelineTesting library. Here's the scoop: In order to find...

Living with Vista

I've been using Vista as my main OS now for an entire week, and things have been somewhat better than what I expected. No crashes so far, and almost all seems to work just fine. A few things things I've noticed: Coming out of hibernate feels a bit faster than...