Get to know thy BizTalk

Recently, some prominent people have started (or, most likely, are just now talking about it) about BizTalk Server, some in light of the recent SO/Contract and Messaging Vs. RPC discussions. I'm not a BizTalk Expert (heck, I wouldn't call myself an expert in anything in particular), but I've done my...

Being a Software Architect

David Ing posted a great post (or essay, I would say) on being a software architect. I liked it. It is sensible, and, for what it's worth, seems to match my experience learning the ropes of architecture this past couple of years, and certainly makes me more aware of my...

DSL Toolkit Information

Does anyone know of any good articles and information on leveraging the DSL Toolkit for VS 2005? I've been looking to trying it out to experiment a bit with some ideas I have, but I'm ashamed to say I got up to defining a basic language and had no clue...

Developing Distributed Services

I'm glad someone else brings this to the table. John Cavnar-Johnson puts it very nicely, and I totally agree with this. This is a topic I have to battle constantly both within our organization and with our customers on our consulting sessions. I've said it in the past and I'll...

Spring, objects, and scalability discussion

I'm not a java guy (meaning I haven't done any serious java development in a few years, and my professional focus is the MS platform at this time), but I've found the discussion around Spring that Ted Neward has been having with other fellows in the Java camp to be...

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...