BizTalk and Team Foundation Server?

Eric Lee has a pretty interesting idea here of integrating Visual Studio Team Foundation Server with BizTalk Server to create a Virtual Kanban System. Pretty funky stuff and pretty cool. It sounds, though, as something where possible Windows Workflow Foundation would be an even better choice than BizTalk: It's more lightweight (certainly less expensive...

The Smartest Man in the World

From Rory Blyth, on his new www.TheSmartestMan.com site: Rory's resume. Hillarious! (See Rory's own comment on the site here).

On Exposing Internal Identifiers on Services

Pretty much every application uses some sort of identifiers to keep track of things around; Services are no different, really, most of the time. Sometimes, those IDs will need to be externalized across service boundaries. One key point to keep in mind, though, is that if you do decide to...

FixEncoding Pipeline Component v1.0.0.1 for BTS 2004

I've uploaded the updated version of my FixEncoding Pipeline Component for BizTalk 2004, matching it to the new features in the BizTalk 2006 version I released last week. You can download the updated code from here.

SmtpMock

Last week I needed a way to unit-test some code I was about to write that sent notification emails, and ran into SmtpMock. Nifty little bugger. Here's some sample code using it: <P class=MsoNormal style="BACKGROUND: white; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; tab-stops: 45.8pt 91.6pt 137.4pt 183.2pt 229.0pt 274.8pt 320.6pt 366.4pt 412.2pt...

Riding the Dark Wave

After seeing the various entries around from people commenting on a Visual Studio configuration using a dark background for code instead of a white background, I got interested in trying it. However, the totally black background just isn't for me; it starts almost hurting after a short while. However, a...

Pathfinder - The Agile Architect

Scott Bellware posts his thoughts on the role of the agile architect, saying that the title of architect might indeed not be the best description, and instead suggesting the name "Pathfinder" as an alternative. I personally like it. A lot of the principles that Scott mentions just resonate with me;...

Posting Code Question

What are people using this day to post code (and I mean good looking code) to their blogs these days? I've tried a lot of options without finding a good way of doing it, though I see a lot of people getting it done without issues, so I must be doing...

Filtering Child Activities on a Composite Activity

If you're creating a custom composite activity, you might need to restrict whether a given activity can be inserted as a child at a specific point of your composite activity when working on the Workflow Designer. Fortunately, this is actually fairly easy using the designer facilities in Windows Workflow Foundation....

Architecting Service Broker Applications

Roger Wolter talks a bit about the architecting solutions that use the new Service Broker features in SQL Server 2005. Pretty interesting, and hopefully the start of a good series of articles on the topic.