BizTalk 2004 Error Messages DBs

Microsoft has been kind enough to allow me to provide a download site for the error message databases for Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004, to use with the excellent MessageLookup tool created by fellow MVP Raffaele Rialdi. The databases are available in four languages: French, Italian, Spanish and German. I'd like...

No Vista for me

I've been trying to install Vista build 5270 on my new laptop for the past couple of days with no luck. Installation just takes forever and never seems to end, just sitting there with 100% processor usage and minimal disk activity. I've tried disabling the wireless adapter, disconnecting all external...

ENTSSO - Introduccion y Administracion

He publicado un par de artículos adicionales que tenía por ahi (nuevamente en español). Esta vez, son del mecanismo de ENTSSO de BizTalk Server 2004: Introducción al Enterprise Single Sign-On Administración del Enterprise Single Sign-On </p>

Servicios Web y Strings XML

He publicado aquí­ un artí­culo acerca del paso de cadenas de texto con XML mediante Servicios Web, que explica cual es el origen de esta práctica y por qué es deseable no perpetuarla. I've published an arti­cle here (spanish only) on passing XML fragments as strings through Web Services, and...

Topics on Sequence Guards

One of the most interesting patterns I've seen for BizTalk integrations is McGeeky's Sequence Guards pattern, but, until now, I hadn't had a chance to actually take advantage of it. There are a few main advantages to using a sequence guards-like mechanism to guarantee ordered processing instead of the usual...

Turning Batch into on-line

A couple of years ago I worked on a project for an important Bank here in Colombia on an ASP.NET-based application to provide on-line risk assesments for the bank's customers in the branch offices. The purpose of the application was to provide employees in the bank a tool to quickly...

Two simple Message Utilities

Two fairly common operations in BizTalk Server 2004/6 are creating new messages from XML literal strings, as well as getting the XML text out of an existing BizTalk message in an orchestration. The first option is very useful when creating new messages from scratch. However, the method I show here...

Clemens, ES and JITA

Clemens has posted a new article on Enterprise Services (COM+) and the power of JIT-Activation and pooling proxy instances to ServicedComponent objects. As usual, Clemens shines in explaining the way COM+ and Enterprise Services works and provides a very clear overview and explanation of the techniques he shows. Excellent stuff;...

More BTS resources

My good friend Gustavo Echeverry has started a new blog focused on biztalk and related technologies. One of his initial posts starts by trying to provide some answers and resources to the excellent BTS Interview questions brought forward by Stephen W Thomas. Way to go! Carlos Medina has also been...

String.IsNullOrEmpty()

Steve Eichert talks about how he likes the new String.IsNullOrEmpty() in .NET 2.0. I agree it is a welcomed addition to the base libraries, and I for one I'm trying to make it a habit of using it whenever I need to do those kinds of comparisons, as it makes...