So You Want To Write A Map?

Looking for information about writing a map in BizTalk Server 2006? This post is a modest attempt to catalog some of the many useful tidbits of information out on the web. Legend blog = blog post  core = BizTalk Server 2006 core documentation hosted on MSDN. lib = non-core docs at Microsoft other = general resource…

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BizTalk Server Operations content

Liza, a Technical Writer on the BizTalk Server 2006 Documentation team, is investigating updating the Operations section of the documentation. A large part of this effort is accomplished through customer feedback and in finding out what is missing, incorrect, unclear or simply needs work. To this end, Liza has posted a survey that I hope…

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Perspective & Ways of Seeing

Back in school, someone loaned me a copy of Ways of Seeing by John Berger. Since it is still in my possession, I obviously forgot to return it. I wonder if Jane is annoyed? She would likely be more annoyed knowing that I did not get around to reading it until yesterday. The book falls…

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Perspective

I first heard “Born to Run” as a senior in high school. Soon after I heard it, I bumped into a good friend of mine in the halls between classes and said I had heard this great new song. When he asked what it was, I told him “Born to Run”. “Yeah? Bruce Springsteen. It’s…

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Radar Blip

Still here. Stuff: Sonic the Hedgehog for the XBOX 360 isn’t so good. Make sure you play the demo and by all means rent it if you think you must own it. RIP Sonic. Season 2 of Pinky and the Brain is out in time for the holidays. What are we doing tonight, Brain? The…

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Gathering Words

Writing is nothing more than gathering words. Some writers gather words from experience, some through observation, and others by research and interviews. Great writers assimilate information, gathering their words subconsciously, and jumble them on a page in a seemingly effortless exercise. Ignoring academic lists of acceptable modern greats, I’d point to John Irving as a…

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Alton Brown and the Art of the Walkthrough

BizTalk Server 2006 is a complex program comprised of many moving parts and a multitude of related systems that, when combined, solve complex business problems. Developing for BizTalk Server requires attention to a number of details from the obvious (setting up a receive port) to the obscure (linking multple orchestrations, ports, files and schemas together with…

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Anti-Pattern Ground Rules

Here is what you should know about the anti-patterns I post: Solutions presented generally follow best practices and draw on the experience of BizTalk practitioners, the extensive docmentation, blogs, newsgroups, and other sources as needed. Some may be attributed to contributers. However, I am ultimately responsible for the content and all errors are mine.  Use at…

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Anti-Pattern: Everything but the Kitchen Sink Map

Name: Everything but the Kitchen-Sink Map Description: Given a complex process with many complex rules, everything (business logic, related and unrelated procedures, etc) is shoved into the map. Symptoms: Symptoms include the following: ·         Map contains an overwhelming number of “scriptoids” (scripting functoid) performing custom business logic. ·         Map relies on custom functoids or .NET components…

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Ping

I’ve been ignoring the blog. On the BizTalk front, if anyone is interested in providing thoughtful comments on existing and new content, drop me a line c/o this blog. Other things: It is cold and rainy around Seattle. After living here a year, it doesn’t seem so bad. Eskimos have a dozen words to describe…

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