Twin Cites BizTalk User Group Meeting – November 16th, 2006

If you are in Minneapolis on Thursday November 16th please join us for the next Twin Cities BizTalk User Group Meeting. The meeting takes place at the Microsoft office in Bloomington from 6:00 to 7:30 I will be presenting on Business Rule Engines: Windows Workflow Rules vs. BizTalk Rules

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Using the WF rules to iterate over a collection

I thought I understood how the WF Rules iterated over a collection.  Isn’t that always how it goes – you really prove it to yourself when you can explain it to someone else.  Well, I started to explain how I thought it worked and this person started asking questions and I soon realized that I…

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Twin Cites BizTalk User Group Meeting – September 21st, 2006

If you are in Minneapolis on Thursday September 21st please join us for the next Twin Cities BizTalk User Group Meeting. The meeting takes place at the Microsoft office in Bloomington from 6:00 to 7:30 Scott Colestock will be presenting on Applying MST (Maximum Sustainable Throughput) to a Management/Operations Strategy Here is a description of…

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Tracking Rules Execution in Windows Workflow

In my previous blog entry on Tracking and the TrackingExtract functionality I talked about the ability to track the rules that fired.  As part of this functionality I needed to capture the rules that fired as well as to capture an XML representation of the object state (this is where the TrackingExtract functionality came in)…

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WF Custom Activities and the ToolboxBitmap attribute

Ok, so this isn’t just limited to Windows Workflow.  It is relevant to any piece of code that will end up on the Visual Studio toolbox. I am building a number of custom activities and I got tired of seeing the standard cog graphic in the toolbar for each one.  Within seconds all of my…

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Windows Workflow Tracking and the TrackingExtract functionality

New Page 1 I was writing a custom tracking service for the Windows Workflow engine for my client that will be used to track the rules that fired.  One of the things that I wanted to do was to track the values of the properties that my rules would touch.  I would then create an…

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Programmatically Create Windows Workflow Rules

I am currently working with a client that is evaluating the Windows Workflow Rules Engine.  One of their requirements is that they need to be able to create the rules programmatically through their own application.  First we looked at the ability to host the Windows Workflow rules dialog boxes in our application.  We can accomplish…

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Mapping: Another Inline XSLT Scenario

New Page 1 In keeping with my mapping topics I have another inline XSLT scenario.  In my last XSLT scenario entry I discussed grouping by countries and then cities.    In this entry I want to look at a somewhat related scenario.  In this scenario I receive an instance document that contains account numbers and…

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Twin Cities BizTalk User Group Meeting – March 16th, 2006

If you are in Minneapolis on Thursday March 16th please join us for the next Twin Cities BizTalk User Group Meeting.    The meeting takes place at the Microsoft office in Bloomington from 6:00 to 7:30.    Andy Morrison will be the presenter and will be discussing Orchestration Concepts: Message Construction, Direct Binding and Configuration.    There…

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