Best Practices for Configuring BAM Data Maintenance and Cube Update SSIS Packages in BizTalk ISV Applications

Background It is known that the world of ISV applications is different. A typical ISV application tends not to come bundled with a support team responsible for making sure that the application is healthy and operational. Ultimately, the burden is on the ISV developers to ensure that their applications are capable of sustaining in the…

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Configuring WF Activity Properties by Morphing Activity Designers: Improved end-user (ITPro) experience in Workflow Designer

There are quite a few configuration steps to be completed on the Workflow Activity after it is dragged onto the workflow design surface. The complexity and the number of data entry points for configuring these Activities could lead to errors and poor user experience.  A very common ask from the developers and ITPro users in…


Displaying .NET Framework 4 Built-In Workflow Activity Icons in a rehosted Workflow Designer

Rehosting the .NET4 Workflow Designer enables all the Built-In or ‘Standard’ Activities are available within the ISV partner’s custom application.  However one issue our ISV partners are running into is that the Activity icons do not show up. The (default) Workflow Designer hosted in Visual Studio has contextual icons associated with the Standard Activities (Figure…

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Hosting the Workflow Designer is so much easier in .NET4 – a boon for the ISV community!

One of the most appreciated features of .NET Framework 4/Windows Workflow Foundation namespaces  is the ability to (re)host the Workflow Designer within a line-of-business design ‘surface’ (application) with relative ease. This is especially important for ISVs that prefer to provide a domain specific Workflow authoring application instead of the Visual Studio environment – the default…

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