BizTalk and SOA

Aaron Skonnard talks about BizTalk Server and SOA. I fully agree here; the way BizTalk starts up (from the schema up) makes much more sense and it's a very nice paradigm to work with[1]. I found particularly interesting the link Aaron points to, where James Saull talks about how BizTalk...

BtsCatalogExplorer.SaveChangesWithTransaction()

The BtsCatalogExplorer class (the core part of the BizTalk Explorer Object Model) has an interesting looking SaveChangesWithTransaction() method that complements the regular SaveChanges(). What was not completely apparent to me was what this method expected as an argument. Digging around some, I could see that SaveChangesWithTransaction() expects as its argument...

Creating Ports in BizTalk Server 2004 Programatically

For a proof of concept I needed to start working on today at work involving BizTalk Server 2004, I needed a quick way to create a number of send ports (between 10 and 20), configured in a very specific manner each one (say, with a specific combination of filters and...

New C++/CLI FAQ

To complement my existing Managed C++ FAQ, I've started a new C++/CLI FAQ. It's very small right now, as I'm just getting started, but I hope it gets larger as I find the time to add a few more things to it. Hope someone finds it useful! </p>

New BizTalk Flat File Schema Tutorial

I've just uploaded a second tutorial on parsing Flat File schemas using BizTalk, using a few things I've been experimenting with as an example. Hope someone finds it useful!

XLANGPart.RetrieveAs()

Darren Jefford posted last month an entry called "Calling a .NET Assembly from Orchestration with Schema Types" on his weblog, where he outlined how to call .NET components that manipulated messages from BizTalk Server orchestrations. It's a really nice entry, well worth reading. One particular thing that Darren said, and...

BizTalk VS.NET Designer wishes

I've been meaning to post this for a while, so here it goes: The new VS.NET designers in BizTalk 2004 are far better than the old set of tools BizTalk 2002 had, no doubt about it. However, it could still be improved quite a bit; particularly in that it is...

KB downgrade

Cool. I love it that with every upgrade of the MS PSS site, the damn thing just gets worse. Took me a few minutes to actually realize that the home page doesn't even mention the existence of the Knowledge Base (actually, it doesn't seem to be mentioned at all... didn't...

EMusic and Metal Blade

It seems the existing contract between EMusic and Metal Blade Records has terminated and was not renewed (I don't know the specifics). As a current Emusic subscriber, I find this extremely sad, since Metal Blade was one of the records with some of the best bands out there you could...

Congrats

Congratulations are in order for Clemens (and Ingo, as well, though he's keeping quiet on the topic ;)). Congratulations guys, and welcome to the gang! </p>