Cooler than XBOX 360 – BizTalk Server 2006 Beta 2

Whatsmore you don’t need to wait until midnight to pick it up either :).  As of now BizTalk Server 2006 Beta 2 is available at betaplace.  We haven’t updated ms.com yet (its coming) but the instructions are the same as the CTP.  This time around there is the main product CD and a separate Adapters…

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Launch, Launch, Launch

In my 5 years in the business, today is the today I’m most proud of.  Not because we are finished with BizTalk Server 2006 – we are not – but we are making lots of progress having released our second CTP build that works on the RTM versions of SQL and VS.NET.  Incidentally the quality of…

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Southern Africa, Surveys, and the Single Person Flight

In no particular order of course but let’s start with Surveys.  If you are NOT residing in the United States or Canada (aka you are from the rest of the world) then we want to hear from you and you might win a cool MP3 player as a result.  Read below for more information: Survey: How…

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Of CTP bits and South Africa

Several people have asked me whether there will be a build of BizTalk Server that works on the RTM bits of SQL Server and Visual Studio .NET for the Launch.  That’s the plan.  It won’t be beta 2 because we are still working on our quality metrics versus beta 2 however it will be pretty…

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Unofficial Abbreviation for Windows Workflow Foundation is now simply WF

Is it KFC or Kentucky Fried Chicken?  Well in that case legally it doesn’t matter because the same company owns both the name and the abbreviation.  Of course for marketing reasons they have swapped from the full-name to the abbreviation and back but that’s another story.  In the case of Windows Workflow Foundation we own…

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What about BizTalk Indeed?

Oliver Rist wrote a column in his blog titled “What about BizTalk?” Historically I haven’t responded to these types of articles, but that’s what blogging is supposed to be for – expressing your opinions and this seemed like a good article to respond to so here we are. Starting at the beginning – I never…

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Week of Workflow Webcasts Ongoing

Paul has a week of workflow web-casts on going for those of you who missed PDC or missed our sessions at PDC.  The full detail and links to recordings are here: http://blogs.msdn.com/pandrew/articles/460630.aspx   They are at 10am PST every day this week.    Here’s the remaining ones: Wednesday: Workflow + Messaging + Services: Developing Distributed Applications with…

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Community Sample: SSB Adapter

Jesus Rodriguez has created a super cool adapter for BizTalk Server 2006 that talks to SQL Service Broker in SQL Server 2005 so that you can use SSB as a transport for SQL to SQL communications within a broader BizTalk Server ecosystem.  His adapter is available on gotdotnet and you can read more about it…

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Super cool jobs available: Senior Workflow Technical Product Manager & Adapter Product Manager

Now the cat is out of the bag on a couple of areas (Workflow and Adapters) where we need some more incredibly motivated, clever, articulate folks to help us make a real impact on the business in the following two roles: 1) Senior Workflow Technical Product Manager At PDC 2005 we announced Windows Workflow Foundation.  Windows Workflow…

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My Hotel Room at PDC – perfect spot for a Windows Workflow Foundation video shoot.

It was pretty noisy, because the blue elevator was right outside. Sound like a page out of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?  See for yourself in the latest video on theserverside.net where Paul Andrew (Technical Product Manager for Windows Workflow Foundation) and I talk with Paul Ballard from theserverside.net on windows workflow foundation

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