BizTalk News

Some Biztalk links worth visiting: Doug Girard announces several new samples on the BizTalk Script resources site. Several cool samples over there, including the SSO troubleshooting tool which a lot of people will find useful. Luke Nyswonger lets us know that the BizTalk Server 2006 Core documentation has been updated...

Some Good Channel 9 Videos

I love Channel9; it's a great resource. I really like the interview videos, even if I just put them on the background to listen to while I work :). Here are some good Channel9 videos I've watched lately (they're not necessarily new, I just hadn't had the time to watch...

Agile development and Project Contracts

Greg Young posted a few keen realistic observations regarding the realities of Software Development Work Contracts and the use of Agile Development Methodologies. Worth reading alongside with the discussion in the comments section.

WCF, POX and Encoders, II

Steve Maine was kind enough to respond to my questions on how the normal Text Encoder in WCF had been enabled to support POX style interactions in a little bit more detail. Steve provided a few more details over email, so I'm reposting here a part of what he mentioned,...

NHibernate.Generics

I've been doing some work with NHibernate lately, and I'm pretty happy with it; it works very well over all and I haven't had any significant problems. One thing that did make it a lot easier to deal with was using Ayende's NHibernate.Generics library to deal with relations in our...

A Flexible Model for Data Integration

While taking some time to peruse issue #8 of the Architecture Journal (an excellent resource, by all means), I ran into Tim Ewald's and Kim Wolk's article on "A Flexible Model for Data Integration". Pretty interesting, certainly in line with some of the service versioning stuff Tim has talked about....

VPC, Virtual Server and VMWare Server

I've been a happy user of Virtual PC for a number of years; it has made my life a lot easier and it offers a good combination of features. But, quite frankly, I've been getting fed up with it lately. There are two basic reasons why: Performance: On my laptop...

WCF, POX and Encoders

Nicholas Allen has been writing about some of the changes in the June CTP of WCF (his blog is an excellent resource, by the way), and in entry #2 he talks a bit about some changes made to better support POX style applications in WCF. I'm very happy the WCF...

Operation Executive Sponsor

I was reading yesterday (a couple months late, as usual) the March issue of Communications of the ACM, and ran into Phillip G. Armour's The Business of Software column talking about the need for an Operational Executive Sponsor to ensure success of any software development process change initiative.I can say...

AMQP Protocol Working Group

Steve Vinoski reports here on the creation of a Working Group to advance the formalization of a standard spec for the Advanced Message Queuing Protocol (AMQP). I think this is pretty interesting: Queuing mechanisms are an extremely powerful and very handy tool for many applications and are a great way...