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This group is for blogs related to BizTalk Server. This includes Community Syndicated blogs and Stephen W. Thomas’s blog.
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  • Blog Post: Native serialization error Root element is missing Map Error

    Recently I was testing a BizTalk map inside Visual Studios. The input schema was auto generated using the SQL Adapter and the output was a simple text file. I was using a sample file provided to me from a past generation from the schema (or so I thought) to test the map. When I was testing, I keep getting...
  • Blog Post: How to Get Message Context Values Inside a Map

    Carlos Medina has created a functoid that can be used to extract context values from a message inside a map! This is a very common problems and this approach is something I didn’t really consider. Make sure you check out his post . He has sample code and the solution for download.
  • Blog Post: How To Use BizTalk Messaging for Grouping, Sorting, and Debatching

    In a past edition of The BizTalker , I talked about how easy it is to use custom XSLT inside the BizTalk Mapper to sort data. Sorting data inside the map can be doing using inline XSLT like this: <xsl:for-each select="Record"> <xsl:sort select="Id" data-type="number" order="ascending"/> <xsl...
  • Blog Post: Design Contest Entry - Dynamic Transforms in Biztalk Server 2006

    I should start by saying I was much happier with last year’s entry . Last year, I used an Orchestration to limit other running Orchestrations. It could be configures on the fly using the Rules Engine. I should note that in Biztalk 2006 you will now have the ability to limit running Orchestrations...
  • Blog Post: Using Dynamic Transforms (Mapping) in Biztalk 2004 Orchestrations

    Dynamic mapping is the concept of specifying the map to be used for a transform at runtime inside the orchestration. That means no Transform Shape is used to specify the map or input and output schemas. The help guide talks about dynamic mapping. It is under the heading “ Assigning to Transforms...
  • Blog Post: Mapper Improvements in Biztalk 2006

    Biztalk Server 2006 introduces many exciting new features like Recoverable Message Processing and Suspended Message Routing . With great new features like these, sometimes the map and schema editor improvements can get overlooked. Anyone that has worked with Biztalk 2004 maps has probably seen this message...
  • Blog Post: Message Context and Mapping Inside an Orchestration in BizTalk 2004

    Message context is a critical part of message routing and processing inside BizTalk Server 2004. How this context is handled during mapping is different depending on the location of the mapping. The context is copied differently using Receive Port mapping verses Orchestration mapping. Why should you...
  • Blog Post: Mapping Many Messages to One Inside in BizTalk 2004

    This is a cool feature of BizTalk 2004! It allows you to map many documents into one or map one document into many. In either case, your inputs will not equal your outputs. This type of mapping does require some up front planning and careful consideration. First off, this type of mapping is only allowed...
  • Blog Post: How to Suppress Nodes In the BizTalk Mapper

    Recently on a project I was required to filter out single records from a large batch that were not required to be processed inside the business process. In this case, the vast majority of the thousands of input records would not be required in the Orchestration. Rather the load the whole document into...
  • Blog Post: How To Create Nodes from Flat Data in BizTalk Maps

    It can sometimes be challenging when mapping schemas in BizTalk 2004. One common problem is when the inbound document has one record and the source creates multiple records based on the data inside your single record. The root problem arises because you have nothing to loop around in the inbound document...
  • Blog Post: Mapping in Send Ports with Delivery Notification

    I have talked in the past about NACKs . These are great little messages that allow you to receive the status of your sent messages inside your Orchestration. For more information on NACKs, please see my earlier post and sample. The problem I want to point out here occurs if you want to map on the Send...
  • Blog Post: Large Messages and Large Maps in BizTalk

    Updated 8/8/2005: Please note the information below is outdated and I would never recommend mapping messages of this size inside Biztalk 2004. Biztalk 2006 will have support for larger messages by breaking up the message into chunks. More information on large message support can be found on the Performance...
  • Blog Post: What If a Map Fails on a Send Port in BizTalk 2004

    This is a challenge to overcome in BizTalk 2004. It seems that the message never hits the Send Pipeline and as far as I can tell no error is written to HAT. The only place this error is written to is the Event Log. But this is ok if you are using MOM or something else to watch the event log. The messages...
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