Readings in Service Orientation

Book two in the Architecture Journal series is now out: Readings in Service Orientation, which you can download from here. Plenty of good stuff to read, though I was surprised to see that several of the included articles are about Software Factories and not quite about Service Orientation per se....

Loading Message Parts from Streams

This is something I ran into tonight while testing a few things which I thought other people might be aware of. If you're creating arbitrary message parts in a multi-part message in a BizTalk orchestration, and you're loading your part's data from a Stream directly, be aware that you can only...

New Blog Look

I've just uploaded and configured my new theme 'Commonality2' for my weblog. I had been wanting to change my weblog's look and feel for a while now, but only recently did I get any ideas as to the new look I wanted. It's a fairly simple, sober style, which is...

My Current Desktop

Roy Osherove has been running a contest on the coolest desktops, plenty of cool stuff to see. I thought I might as well share my current desktop as well, which I'm rather liking: <IMG src="/weblog/content/binary/tomas_desktop_20060808_thumb.jpg" border=0>  

Direct Bound ports in BizTalk

Haven't seen much mention of this elsewhere. Kevin Lam has been posting a really good, 5 part series of articles on using Direct Binding with BizTalk. Highly recommended! Part 1: Direct Bound Ports Part 2: Message Box Direct Bound Ports Part 3: Partner Direct Bound Ports Part 4: Self-Correlating Direct...

Dynamic Modeling: Aligning Business and IT

John Devados announces here the first book in the Architecture Journal series: Dynamic Modeling: Aligning Business and IT. His post also includes the foreword. I just downloaded it and skimmed over it and read selected portions of it that caught my eye.Pretty interesting stuff and it's great to see the...

Make sure TrackingDatabase is up to date

Just one tip in case it happens to you: If you're updating to the latest .NET FX 3.0 builds, and you're using Windows Workflow Foundation, make sure you update any tracking and persistence databases you're using to the latest schema [1]. I ran into this with a Tracking database I...

Exception Handling, VSTO, Outlook and other topics

My good friend Sam Gentile posted two excellent entries on his (and his team's) experience with their product deployment and the pitfalls and issues they ran into. Pretty good information overall. It's also quite timely for me as I was actually dealing with some of this stuff yesterday as well...

FileHelpers Library

In response to my request for candidates, Marcos Meli pointed out his own FileHelpers Library project. In his ow words: The FileHelpers are an easy to use .NET library written in C#. Is designed to read/write data from flat files with fixed length or delimited records (CSV). Also has support...

An offer of contribution to a community leader / OS project

In the email Kevin Downs sent to the NDoc community (as posted by Charles C. Chen here), he mentioned that "In fact, were it not for Oleg Tkachenko’s kind donation of a MS MVP MSDN subscription, I would not even have a copy of VS2005 to work with!". I think...