BizTalk Anti-Patterns

Does it make sense to have a collection of anti-patterns (ant-solutions) for BizTalk? Each anti-pattern might address the following: Anti-Pattern Name – gotta have a name. Pattern – A brief description of the pattern. Scenario / Cause – the event or events that engendered the anit-pattern. For example, “Need to execute complex business logic on individual data elements”….

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BizTalk, Custom Pipelines, Bobby Knight, and Visual Basic.NET

I’ve spent the better part of the day writing and testing a BizTalk Server 2006 custom pipeline written in Visual Basic.NET. This will be published as an SDK sample in the BizTalk Server Developer Center. It wasn’t so much that it was a difficult topic — I modeled it on an existing SDK sample so it…


10 cents

Ray Bradbury was never one of my favorite writers. This was not entirely his fault — Farenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles were inflicted upon me as an unsuspecting 5th and 10th grader. As a matter of principal (and as a protest against The Man), I disliked — distrusted — any book that was assigned…

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Stunt Cycle

Granted, I spent a lot of time playing video games once the Atari landed in the late 70’s. But I found time to do go to school, play street football, run amok with a few buddies, and play with the toys sold by saturday morning cartoon ads and the Sears Christmas Wishes catalog. I grew up…

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Combat vs. Armor Ambush

One year Santa brough my family the Atari Video Computer System. Santa was cool that way. It must have set him back at least $250 at Sears back when polyester was still considered hip and you could catch the disco version of the Star Wars theme on the radio. Our unit shipped with Combat. “02 Combat”…

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Loose Ends

I feel a little guilty for omitting the following poem from my consideration of Walt Whitman as Patron Poet: I Saw Old General At Bay   I saw old General at bay, (Old as he was, his gray eyes yet shone out in battle like stars,) His small force was now completely hemm’d in, in…

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Whitman

I confess that my familiarity with Walt Whitman has waned since graduating from college. As so often happens with friends made at school, lives take different paths, links are broken, and memories of foolish exploits fade into clouded recollections made years later. Whitman and I had known each other in the middling years of college, the…

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Foreshadowing

One of my next posts will consider Walt Whitman as a potential patron poet of the software development profession. At this point, before reviewing his considerable body of work, I think Walt has a number of things going for him: He was the people’s poet. He identified with the regular Joe and spent considerable time…


Computer Human Interaction

Remember when computer programs were mostly uniform in appearance and similar in control? ++ I/O CONFIGURATION PROGRAM ++     1. CONFIGURE EXTERNAL TERMINAL   2. REDEFINE KEYBOARD CHARACTERS   3. LOAD USER I/O DRIVER SOFTWARE   4. READ/WRITE I/O CONFIGURATION BLOCK   Q. QUIT PROGRAM   SELECT –  Old-school CP/M users may recognize this screen from…

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Jetsons Meet the Flintstones

When I was a kid waiting for my turn at plate during afternoon recess at Henderson elementary school, conversation always turned to Worldly Things. “Did you see Suzy’s hair? Her pony tail holder is pink!” “John got a new SST for his birthday!” “Ellen kicked me but I only hit her with two spit balls.” “What…

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