Composite Applications

It has been a long time since my last blog post.  It certainly hasn’t been for a lack of content but it is amazing how fast time flies when you are busy.  I have been spending a lot of time lately working on composite applications and will be posting a number of entries around this…

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Twin Cities Connected Systems User Group Meeting – September 16th, 2010

If you are in Minneapolis on Thursday September 16th please join us for the Twin Cities Connected Systems User Group Meeting. The meeting takes place at 6:00 p.m. at the Microsoft offices at 8300 Norman Center Drive, Bloomington, MN 55437. Eric Kraus and I will be speaking on: Composite Applications: Connecting and Building Workflow Applications…

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Pre-Populate the AppFabric Cache

When I start talking to people about the caching functionality that is part of Windows Server AppFabric I am usually asked “What is the AppFabric Cache?”  The MSDN page at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee790954.aspx provides a great overview (below) as well as additional information.  The Cache is defined as: “Windows Server AppFabric caching features use a cluster of…

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Twin Cities Connected Systems User Group Meeting – March 11th, 2010

If you are in are in Minneapolis on Thursday March 11th please join us for the Twin Cities Connected Systems User Group Meeting. The meeting takes place at 6:00 p.m. at the Microsoft offices at 8300 Norman Center Drive, Bloomington, MN 55437.  I will be speaking on How to Create Windows Server AppFabric Applications Here…

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Pro Windows Server AppFabric Book

I have been spending my free time working on my next book.  Danny Garber and I are co-authoring this book from APress. The book will be available this spring and should coincide with the release of AppFabric.

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AppFabric and BizTalk

There have been lots of questions lately about AppFabric (code named Dublin). These questions have centered around why Microsoft needs another middle tier solution and will AppFabric replace BizTalk. Lets take a look at these questions as well as two additional questions; What is AppFabric and why does Microsoft need another middle tier solution? First,…

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Comparing the Workflow Rules Engine to the BizTalk Business Rules Engine

Back in November I delivered a presentation to the Twin Cities BizTalk User Group titled ‘Rule Engines: Workflow Rules vs. BizTalk Rules’. Since then I have been working with the Rules Team in Redmond and with their input I have updated and added content to that presentation.  Hopefully the presentation will help you when you…

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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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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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