My blog has moved…

I’ve moved my blogs’ home, you can find it here now. Once we ship the book I plan to blog on some wider topics than BizTalk, I’ll share some of the interesting things that I’ve been looking at recently.

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Its been a while….the book, BizUnit and my job

  Darren, Ewan and myself are really close to getting the book, Professional BizTalk Server 2006 out of the door, it’s been hard work but hopefully it’ll be worth while. The book offers insight in to how BizTalk works under the hood which will enable you to really exploit the architecture, this is blended with…

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BizUnit 2006 is Released – BizTalk 2006 and Visual Studio 2005

   I’ve finally got around to finishing off BizUnit 2006 – v2.1 just in time for the BizTalk 2006 GA, this version is targeted at BizTalk 2006 and Visual Studio 2005 and is built using .Net 2.0. I’ve been using the new unit testing capability in Visual Studio 2005 to drive BizUnit for a while now…

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Debugging BizTalk Maps and XSLT’s…

Did you ever want to debug a BizTalk map, or any XSLT for that matter? VS 2005 has a great new feature that enables you to do just that. If you are using BizTalk and want to debug your map here’s what you do:   Right click the BizTalk map and select “Validate Map” In…

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BizTalk Server Team Blog…

Michael Woods, Kris Horrocks, Steve Sloan, and Mark Berman from the BizTalk Server product group have started up a blog which will I’m sure fill the void left after Scott changed groups, they already have a bunch of postings up there.

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Concurrency and Coordination Runtime…

I’ve been tracking the CCR internally within Microsoft for a while now, and now there’s an interesting channel 9 interview with the CCR guys: https://channel9.msdn.com/Showpost.aspx?postid=143582 if you’ve ever done any amount of concurrent programming you may find it interesting. As we move towards multi-core CPU architectures concurrent programming will become essential in order to make apps…

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The BizTalk Product Group is Hiring….

Do you want to join Microsoft? Would you like to help to shape and build the next generation of BizTalk Server? The BizTalk product group is looking for talented individuals to help build the next generation of the product.   If you’re interested or want to find out more about the opportunities email Kerry Van…

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Routing Messages to the MQ Dead Letter Queue

I recently had a fun problem to solve for a client of mine, essentially they wanted to route messages to the MQ Series dead letter queue and have the MQ dead letter queue handler move those messages to the queue they defined in the dead letter.   The first problem was getting the message on…

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Dave Green is blogging…

Dave Green has started his blog, welcome Dave!. Dave is the WWF Architect, and he’s been having stacks of fun building out Microsoft’s workflow platform, I have to say WWF looks really cool. Dave’s a very smart cookie and has been building workflow engines for some time now, I’m sure he’ll share some interesting insights around…

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BizUnit 2.0 – Automated Testing for BizTalk Solutions

I’ve released BizUnit 2.0, in case you’ve not come across it before, BizUnit is a framework that I put together to enable the rapid development of automated functional testing for BizTalk solutions, the motivation was to provide a framework that would bring automated testing of BizTalk solutions to the masses!! BizTalk solutions are often mission critical,…

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