BTS HTTP Request/Response and routing scenarios

Last week, while trying a few things at work with BizTalk server, we managed to get something up and running that I hadn't quite seen explicitly presented anywhere: using BTS as a router on an HTTP Request/Response escenario. <img src="/weblog/images/HttpRouter.gif"/> </p> Basically, it consisted of an Request/Response Receive Port hosting...

WS-SecureConversation and WebFarms

Chris Keyser just published an article on MSDN called "Managing Security Context Tokens in a Web Farm". Much needed information and one I'm personally very interested in. I do have to ask one thing... does anyone have any sort of metrics or whatever for when it might be useful to...

Cellular

Just saw the movie with my girlfriend this afternoon and actually enjoyed it quite a bit. Much better than I expected. While the movie does have a few flaws in the plot, it is quite entertaining and kept me on edge all throughout the film.

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...