Beyond Software Architecture

I'm currently reading Luke Homann's "Beyond Software Architecture: Creating and Sustaining Winning Solutions", and so far, I'm liking it quite a bit, highly recommended reading. Two things in the book I've liked so far: </p> Software Architecture as providing a set of capabilites over which features can then be implemented....

April Reagan's Blog

I just noticed that April Reagan has got a blog over at blogs.msdn.com. Cool! April is a program manager in the Visual C++ team, and one of the nicest persons I've ever met. She's been absolutely nice to us VC++ MVPs helping us get enrolled in betas and SDRs and...

ENTSSO WhitePaper

While browsing the MS site today, I ran across a recent whitepaper on the Enterprise Single Sign-On service in BizTalk Server and Host Integration Server: "Single Sign-on Services for Microsoft Enterprise Application Integration Solutions". It's a very comprehensive article on the architecture of the SSO System, and includes installation and...

Handling errors in Orchestrations from invoked WebServices

When you are invoking WebServices from your BizTalk Server 2004 orchestrations, you might need to ensure that two things happen correctly: Message delivery is retried if there's an error connecting to the WebService or if the service returns a SOAP fault Handle the case where the call fails after all...

My First Indigo Sample

My First Indigo Sample I've been reading up and playing with the recently released Indigo bits in order to catch up, so here's my very first Indigo Sample, which a is very simple, self-hosting indigo service with the corresponding client, and uses the data contract facilities. It's worth noting that...

Good BizTalk Business Rules Framework Article

Someone posted a link to a recent article on MSDN on the Business Rules Framework in BizTalk Server 2004: "Risk Scoring with BizTalk Server 2004 and the Business Rules Framework". Good introduction to the BR component in BizTalk, which is a welcome addition to the product. One cool thing about...

Separate Roles

Humm... looks like someone else is drinking the "Separate Roles" kool-aid (also see these guys).

Addendum to Whidbey Installation Piece

Adrian Bateman was kind enough to mail me about my Whidbey Installation piece suggesting that perhaps the time required by the .NET Framework installation was because of the ngen'ing (man, that sounds ugly) of the framework assemblies. I have since verified that he is correct, by just installing the framework...

VS 2005 Prices Revealed

The prices for the upcoming SKUs of VS 2005 and MSDN have been revealed now. Yikes! Those seem just waaaayyy to high. The good part of it is: thank goodness I haven't looked too deeply into what is offered in the team editions of VS 2005 (and especially the architects...

Personal Observations on Whidbey Installation

I'm very excited about all that's coming with VS 2005. I also really like the IDE improvements, and all the new tools and features. However, I'm not so in love with the product's installation. Don't get me wrong, installation works fairly well. However, one small part of the installation really...