Vantive and Attachments

On one of the projects we are working on, there was a need to integrate with Vantive (aka Peoplesoft), which was to be done by using a connector to access the CRM's Oracle database. All fine and good. However, we did ran into a nasty issue: Attachments. As it turns...

Selecting the Encoding used when Parsing Flat Files

In BizTalk Server 2004, when you add the Flat File Disassembler component to a receive pipeline, there is no apparent way to tell the disassembler what the encoding of the incoming files will be. This is not very obvious but, as it turns out, there is a way to do...

In response ... Dear Richard

Richard Turner posts a response letter to the whole Distributed System White paper thingie. I thought it might be interesting (to me, at least) to respond briefly with my thoughts on it. I think both John and Richard (and several others) have made good points over this discussion. Personally, I...

Another year goes by

Yesterday was my birthday, again; had a lot of fun having dinner with my girlfriend and all my family last night. Our birthday is always a family event, you see, as it so happens that I share my birthday with my mother, and one of our closest cousins' birthday is...

Mental Overload

I'm totally in agreement with Clemens here when he says that the entire Microsoft Stack is now huge and you have to start selecting on which pieces of it on which to specialize. The platform has always been large, but it used to be easier to keep up with it....

Filemap Library updated

I finally uploaded a long overdue update to my Filemap library for .NET (which implements file mapping facilities in managed code). This one mostly contains some minor refactoring and a few bugfixes, and it's one I had done a long time ago but had not put up (sorry for that!)....

SMTP Adapter in BTS2006 and HTML formatted messages

Richard Seroter has a good post here on using the improved SMTP adapter in BizTalk Server 2006 and the options it provides. One question he asks is how to use it to send HTML-formatted messages but using dynamic content, instead of just a static one. I've managed to do this...

Working Offline with TFS Source Control

Has anyone here had success working in offline mode while using Team System's Source Control tool? We're trying to use Team System on a pilot project to see if we could accomodate to it, and since I tend to roam with my laptop between our two offices and need to...

DAAB and Dynamic Connection Strings

I've been working on a new project this past few days, as part of which we're using the Data Access Application Block from the Enterprise Library, which is OK (for a fairly low-level ADO.NET wrapper). One of the requirements we have is that we need to support dynamic connection strings,...

RepeatableOperationExceptionMapper

It just dawned on me (yes, I'm slow, I know) that the RepeatableOperationExceptionMapper class that Clemens presents here is just the precise kind of thing that would work wonders as custom Exception Replacement Handler for a policy in the Exception Handling Application Block of the Enterprise Library. Go figure. It...