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April, 2009

BizTalk Blogs

This group is for blogs related to BizTalk Server. This includes Community Syndicated blogs and Stephen W. Thomas’s blog.

Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

Insight and guidance on Microsoft BizTalk Server, Windows Azure, Infrastructure as a Service, and related Microsoft technologies.
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    Designing Services for Management & Scale with Dublin Video Online

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    A few months ago Kent Brown and I presented on Dublin (the new enhancements to Windows for Workflow Hosting, Monitoring, and Tracking) at the 2009 SOA and Business Process Conference in Seattle Washington. This session was recorded and is now online.  You can view this video here: http://soaconference2009.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!FA6FC7F5DB1C07!135.entry The abstract for the session is below. Abstract:  Dublin is the code name for the new Windows Application Server features inside Windows...
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    Setting Up Continuous Integration, Automated Unit Tests, and MSI Packaging in BizTalk 2009

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    With BizTalk Server 2009, setting up integration with Team Foundation Server (TFS) has become much simpler.  While setting up continuous integration, automated unit tests, and msi packaging was possible before BizTalk 2009 it was a huge pain.  Below I will walk through the steps to set this up with BizTalk 2009.  I was able to get this up and running in about 30 hours including the time to create the Virtual Machine (that was 15 hours).  It took 47 build attempts in TFS before...
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    Follow-up on Enabling BizTalk Unit Testing for Schemas and Maps

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    This is a follow up to my post yesterday .  I was setting up some automated unit tests for BizTalk 2009 in Release mode.  I received the following errors.  CIDemo.Schemas.InputSchema does not contain a definition for 'ValidateInstance' and no extension method 'ValidateInstance' accepting a first argument of type 'CIDemo.Schemas.InputSchema' could be found (are you missing a using directive or an assembly reference?) CIDemo.Maps.Input_To_Output does not contain...
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    ValidateInstance Not Found When Setting Up BizTalk 2009 Unit Tests

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    Today I was setting up Unit Tests for BizTalk 2009 Schema and Maps.  I was using the BizTalk Server 2009 help guide example as a reference.  I ran into the following error message: <Class Name> does not contain a definition for 'ValidateInstance' and no extension method 'ValidateInstance' accepting a first argument of type <Class Name> could be found (are you missing a using directive or an assembly reference? This looked like this inside Visual Studios 2008...
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    BizTalk Server 2009 Now on MSDN

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    The latest edition of BizTalk Server is now available on MSDN. The following editions are available for download (this may vary based on your MSDN subscription): Developer Edition Branch Edition Standard Edition Enterprise Edition I only see the x86 version of each product available for download right now.   BizTalk Server 2009 has the following enhancements and improvements over the past version of BizTalk: Support for .Net 3.5 SP1 and Visual Studios 2008 SP2 XSLT Debugger in Visual Studios...
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