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...

A time to leave...

I guess this is as good a time as any to make it public: I've taken the decision to leave my current job with Intergrupo S.A. at the end of this year, which means I'll only be with the company a couple more weeks. It was a tough decision to...

Software And Construction

My good friend Sam points out James Shore's comment on the analogy of software development as building construction (and architecture, I guess), and then David Ing commented on it as well. I can only say I wholeheartedly agree with them: it is not only a poor analogy; it is a...

Localizable date controls

A few weeks ago I mentioned (if not here, somewhere els) I had been working on a replacement DateTimePicker control for one of our projects, because the base DateTimePicker control in Windows Forms did not really support the .NET style of globalization, as it is based on the native OS...

XP, Tools and other stuff

My good friend Sam has been posting a series of posts on his current project, how they are applying XP and agile practices in it and the tools they are using. Pretty interesting stuff for those of us agile-practitioners-wannabes :)

Branching in the Developer Division

Brian Harry has a very cool post on how they do manage the branching structure in the developer division for VS development. It's always great to hear about this stuff and how they are using the product. Very timely, as well, as we need a decent branching strategy for our...