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...

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...