Journal 5 is out

Way cool, the Journal 5 is out (as others have reported)! I've enjoyed a lot reading through every one of the previous edition and this one (what I've been able to read so far) is quite interesting, as well. One minor comment guys: The quality of the images in the...

Indigo == WCF

Well, as many others have reported, the new names for Indigo and Avalon have been chosen: Windows Communications Framework and Windows Presentation Framework, respectively. Not to pick on you guys but for such cool and exciting products to get such uninspiring names is just a shame. Besides this, who in...

Yesterworld denizens

This is just way too funny and too cool to miss it: http://www.escapeyesterworld.com/

Enterprise Services 2.0 and Transaction Promotion + Delegation

Robert Hurlbut talks here about Paul Fallon's comment that Enterprise Services will get Transaction Promotion and Delegation support. I agree this is great news. I'm already very excited about System.Transactions, as the API is extremely nice, and we're planning on using it for the project we are about to begin...

Failed Message Routing

As some people have mentioned recently, one of the new features in BizTalk Server 2006 (aka PathFinder) is routing of failed messages. This is a very cool new feature because it gives you the possibility of using the standard Pub/Sub mechanism exposed by BizTalk to handle failed messages (either because...

Web Service Call Timeout in BizTalk

If you are calling a Web Service from a BizTalk Server 2004 Orchestration, you might have encountered cases where the WebServices takes too long to execute and BizTalk times out the request, and perhaps you've wondered how to instruct BizTalk to wait just a little bit longer. As it happens,...

Porting Adapter to BizTalk 2006

Today I sat down and ported one adapter we had built for one of our customers from BizTalk Server 2004 to the BizTalk 2006 CTP. I am glad to report that it worked pretty much at the first tried. I just took the solution, upgraded it in VS 2005, recompiled...

Watch out for MSI installations and Everyone

Today I went with some of my colleages to diagnose a problem that was popping up at a customer site during deployment of a BizTalk Server 2004 solution. In this particular scenario, BizTalk was installed in a dual node configuration, with one server containing the BizTalk databases and the other...

More SQL Adapter deployment woes

I've talked about problems deploying BizTalk Server 2004 solutions that use the SQL adapter in the past. Here's another trick that might help you resolve problems with it: When you use BTSDeploy.exe with a binding file that creates ports that use the SQL adapter, the adapter will try to verify...

Compiler Switches Changes for CL.EXE in 2005

For those of you who use VC++, you might have notice that there have been significant changes in the compiler's command line switches that control compilation and compiler behavior. What you may not know is the whole rationale behind this changes, and Brandon Bray does a good job of explaining...