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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: Understanding and demystifying the Scope of the Table Looping Functoid

    Let’s have a look to a little of inside information that will be in my upcoming Book about maps: demystify and clarify some features about the Table Looping Functoid. First of all this functoid requires at least 3 inputs and a maximum of 100, in which the official documentation states that: Parameter...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk Mapper: Working With Nillable Values (xsi:nil="true")

    Basically there are two properties inside the schema element decides whether an element can be absent from the document: Min Occurs and Nillable. If Min Occurs property is set 0 then that element can be absent from the XML message but if it is set to 1 it has to be present though its value […]...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk Mapping Patterns and Best Practices eBook [Free] coming soon….

    I public announce for the first time that I was working in an eBook about BizTalk Mapping Patterns and Best Practices, and that I was published for free, this March during BizTalk Summit 2014 London… … At the time I said it would be published in mid-April or May but since then I’ve been slightly...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk Mapper: Best Practices when using Custom XSLT files

    If you follow my blog or already saw one of my presentations in BizTalk innovation Days events about BizTalk Mapper Patterns and Best Practices, you already notice that I avoid using Custom XSLT files for solving a mapping problem. I only recommend using custom XSLT files: If you are dealing with huge...
  • Blog Post: Optimize your SQL statements

    It is always good practise to optimize your SQL query statements for a better performance. Just making sure your query does what it needs to, isn't enough. You should consider the performance impact of your code and try to optimize it for the best performance. Below is a short list of steps to take...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk Server Performance

    Have you ever wanted to evaluate the performance of your Biztalk installation? Evaluating your performance could be done by analyzing quite some counters in the performance monitor of Windows. Or maybe by using the Performance Analysis of Logs (PAL) Tool . However I just found a recently released tool...
  • Blog Post: Best practices on Biztalk Tracking

    I announced in a previus post that I joined the blogging team on biztalkadminsblogging.com . However it took untill today before my first blog post was created. I gave it a long thought what my first blog post should cover. the result is a post on some best practices for the usage of tracking in BizTalk...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk Server: 8 Tips And Tricks For Better BizTalk Programming

    I found an interesting blog post that I would like to share with you: BizTalk Server: 8 Tips And Tricks For Better BizTalk Programming
  • Blog Post: Three .NET Best Practices to Keep in Mind

    Practice #1: Catch Exceptions at the Highest Possible Level (Tier) In general, exceptions should be bubbled up to the highest possible level to be caught and processed. For example, in our project, a search goes through the following logical tiers: UI -> Services -> Data/SharePoint/Refinement...
  • Blog Post: Logging and Counters in App Fabric Cache

    The following is a good place to get started with how to go about collecting basic information for monitoring and/or troubleshooting an App Fabric (AF) cache setup (Host/Cluster and clients). It starts by pointing to some resources on the different available logging features and then, via a sample scenario...
  • Blog Post: Best Practices for Maximizing Scalability and Cost Effectiveness of Queue-Based Messaging Solutions on Windows Azure

    This whitepaper describes several best practices for building scalable, highly efficient and cost effective queue-based messaging solutions on the Windows Azure platform. The intended audience for this whitepaper includes solution architects and developers designing and implementing cloud-based solutions...
  • Blog Post: Fronting long-running WF Services with MSMQ, the right way

    A couple of weeks ago I was working with a customer who engaged me to assist with a "little" problem they had – under certain conditions, the system would lose messages coming from a MSMQ queue and designed to correlate to instances of a long-running WF service hosted in IIS/AppFabric...
  • Blog Post: Getting the most out of user events and Windows Server AppFabric Monitoring

    "Yet another post on AppFabric Monitoring" I hear you saying. Indeed, and one that you may want to read, especially if you're using AppFabric mostly for management and monitoring of code-based WCF services. If you had already looked at, or even better – used the monitoring features...
  • Blog Post: Disaster Recovery for AppFabric Caching V1.0 (SQL Mirroring)

    In the middle tier AppFabric (AF) Caching can be setup in High Availability (HA) mode which is the feature that improves resiliency in the case a cache server goes down and for the backed, when using SQL for your configuration database, the simplest answer is to use mirroring. You may use SQL cluster...
  • Blog Post: Securing WCF Services hosted in Windows Server AppFabric with Windows Identity Foundation (WIF)

    A key challenge while designing and deploying Web Services is access control and this blog post is the first in a two part series focused on leveraging Windows Identity Foundation (WIF) to secure Services hosted in Windows Server AppFabric. In this first blog post we focus on securing both WCF and Workflow...
  • Blog Post: How using AppFabric Auto-Start feature to avoid warm-up delays for IIS-hosted WCF Receive Locations

    Scenario During recent years, I had the chance to work with many customers and I realized that one of the most recurring problems they usually experience is due to long start-up times: indeed, this is not a BizTalk specific issue, it’s rather a problem affecting any .NET application, regardless...
  • Blog Post: Best Practices for Handling Transient Conditions in SQL Azure Client Applications

    The following post is intended to offer you a set of best practices centered around the development of reliable SQL Azure client applications. The primary focus of this paper is positioned towards handling transient conditions, namely, those intermittent faults, errors and exceptions that need to be...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk Patterns part 2–Sync Async

    co-Authored by Thiago Almeida (Datacom) reviewed by Conor Brady (Oakton) Developing a BizTalk Server solution can be challenging, and especially complex for those who are unfamiliar with it. Developing with BizTalk Server, like any software development effort is like playing chess. There are some great...
  • Blog Post: Considerations when managing source control via Visual Studio Team Foundation Server and using Text Template Transformation Toolkit to generate .NET4 Entity Framework objects

    T4 background Leveraging the power of Text Template Transformation Toolkit (T4 template) to generate code (or any other type of text) is a great time saver and it is particularly useful when working with Entity Framework (EF) since it allows to easily (almost in a batch like fashion) do things like creating...
  • Blog Post: Implementing Reliable Inter-Role Communication Using Windows Azure AppFabric Service Bus, Observer Pattern & Parallel LINQ

    The following post is intended to walk you through the implementation of a loosely coupled communication pattern between processes and role instances running on Windows Azure platform. The scenario discussed and implemented in this paper is based off a real-world customer project and built upon a powerful...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk Patterns part 1 – Asynchronous Aggregation

    Developing a BizTalk Server solution can be challenging, and especially complex for those who are unfamiliar with it. Developing with BizTalk Server, like any software development effort is like playing chess. There are some great opening moves in chess, and there are some great patterns out there to...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server AppFabric Monitoring - How to create operational analytics reports with AppFabric Monitoring and Excel PowerPivot

    One of the great (and major) features of Windows Server AppFabric is the out-of-the-box experience for monitoring WCF and WF based services. Gone are the days when an exception half way through a workflow instance could either 1) never be discovered or 2) take hours of creative efforts and ad-hoc debugging...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server AppFabric Monitoring works with Oracle (10g XE) database?

    Windows Server AppFabric Monitoring works with Oracle (10g XE) database? Yes, indeed! AppFabric Monitoring Provider extensibility is proven out in this MSDN Code Gallery Release - http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/AFMonitoringOracleDB The release includes the Visual Studio 2010 solution that contains all...
  • Blog Post: AppFabric Architecture and Deployment Topologies guide now available via Microsoft Download Center

    This is just a short note before heading into the weekend, to announce availability of the AppFabric Architecture and Deployment Topologies guide. In this guide we address common questions we have heard from customers during our CAT engagements related to designing an enterprise-level AppFabric environment...
  • Blog Post: AppFabric Reference Implementation: Managing the LifeCycle of a WorkFlow Service

    W e have new premium content for AppFabric server. This sample and the document are just what customers need to start using AppFabric Server to manage a .NET4 WCF Workflow service. Customers have been asking about versioning and security , and those are two features of the sample. The sample is released...
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