Nullable: No comparison for you!

While doing some work with nullable types in .NET 2.0 (a very nice feature overall), I ran into a very annoying limitation of System.Nullable: It doesn't implement IComparable or IComparable. Don't know how I missed this one before! I guess I can understand why it doesn't, but, in retrospect, I...

Salesforce.com and SSSB adapters on AdapterWorx

Jesús Rodriguez mentions that TwoConnect has released trial versions of their Salesforce.com and SQL Service Service Broker adapters for BizTalk on AdapterWorx (which seems to have gotten a cool new logo, btw). There seems to be a Sonic MQ adapter in the pipeline, as well. Cool stuff.

Async WebService Calls and the 2 Call Limit

Steve Hebert comments here on his experience doing async calls to Web Services and seeing what seems like a limitation in the way the BeginXXX() methods work:"Furthermore, when you watch this run in NUnit you’ll see that it’s actually making two requests at a time (two results appear simultaneously, two...

Agile BizTalk Development

Greg Young started an interesting discussion about Unit Testing BizTalk solutions; some good things to consider are brought on. In general, I agree with Greg that testing BizTalk solutions isn't always easy, in particular because of dependencies and because of the level at which BizTalk solutions are created (it is...

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....