Mort or Elvis

Scott Bellware has written a pretty lengthy piece called "Mort or Elvis? A Question for a Bygone Era" (found via Sam). If you haven't already, go read it. Now. It's an excellent, thought-provoking piece, well worth reading. </p> I find myself agreeing with a lot Scott mentioned. I think he...

Testing Pipeline Components

As many of you know, there are basically two ways to test custom Pipelines and custom Pipeline Components in BizTalk Server: </p> To create them and test them by using them "for real" in biztalk messaging scenarios: i.e. configure ports to use your custom pipelines and feed messages through them.</p>...

TestDriven.NET Tryout

It has been sometime since I had tried TestDriven.NET out (I've been using the NUnit GUI meanwhile). However, I decided to download and try again the latest TestDriven.NET build alongside Visual Studio 2005, and it has worked wonderfully. Thanks to Jamie Cansdale for putting together such an amazing tool. </p>...

Redirecting through TcpTrace with WSE and WCF

Just posting this so that I can find it again: I tend to rely heavily on Simon Fell's TcpTrace utility when testing and diagnosing Web Services, so with WSE and WCF there's usually a need to write some code in the client to have the client-side proxy call the server...

Enabling FeedFlare on dasBlog

I spent some time last night fooling around with some of the options available from FeedBurner (which is an excellent service, by the way), and decided to enable the FeedFlare features. Doing so for your feed is trivial, since feedburner serves it with all done automatically for you. <IMG height=75...

Symmetric Encryption/Decryption Pipeline Components

I just finished with an initial implementation of a custom encryption/decryption pipeline component for BizTalk Server 2006, which supports all the symmetric cryptography algorithms included with the .NET Framework's System.Security.Cryptography package: RC2, Rijndael, DES and 3DES. Included in the component are both an encoder and decoder pipeline components so that...

Decoding Components and Streams

I've been writing some Pipeline Components for BizTalk 2006, and I ran into a bit of a problem while testing one of them. The problem is a fairly common, but obscure issue that appears with most non-trivial pipeline components: Stream Handling.   Charles Young has a pretty good article here about...

Quality Without a Name

Sam commented here on James Shore's Quality With a Name article. I found this quite an interesting observation on what constitues good software design, and I tend to agree with a lot of what's being said here. I'll admit to being a fan of QWAN, as Sam calls it, as...

Remoting Style Distributed Objects with WCF

See here, here, here and here.I hate to be the party pooper, but.... why is this a good thing, again?

ENTSSO and Password Synchronization

A long time ago, I commented that I was surprised that the Enterprise Single Sign-on (ENTSSO) service that came with BizTalk Server 2004 (and Sharepoint Portal Server 2003) was so manual based: Users needed to keep their credentials and mappings updated by hand, and even so using very awkward console...