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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: Integrating Microsoft Azure BizTalk Services with Salesforce.com

    BizTalk Services is far from the most mature cloud-based integration solution, but it’s viable one for certain scenarios. I haven’t seen a whole lot of demos that show how to send data to SaaS endpoints, so I thought I’d spend some of my weekend trying to make that happen. In this blog post, I’m going...
  • Blog Post: TechEd North America Session Recap, Recording Link

    Last week I had the pleasure of visiting New Orleans to present at TechEd North America. My session, Patterns of Cloud Integration, was recorded and is now available on Channel9 for everyone to view. I made the bold (or “reckless”, depending on your perspective) decision to show off as many technology...
  • Blog Post: My New Pluralsight Course – Patterns of Cloud Integration – Is Now Live

    I’ve been hard at work on a new Pluralsight video course and it’s now live and available for viewing. This course, Patterns of Cloud Integration, takes you through how application and data integration differ when adding cloud endpoints. The course highlights the 4 integration styles/patterns introduced...
  • Blog Post: Using ASP.NET SignalR to Publish Incremental Responses from Scatter-Gather BizTalk Workflow

    While in Europe last week presenting at the Integration Days event, I showed off some demonstration of cool new technologies working with existing integration tools. One of those demos combined SignalR and BizTalk Server in a novel way. One of the use cases for an integration bus like BizTalk Server...
  • Blog Post: January 2013 Trip to Europe to Speak on (Cloud) Integration, Identity Management

    In a couple weeks, I’m off to Amsterdam and Gothenburg to speak at a pair of events. First, on January 22nd I’ll be in Amsterdam at an event hosted by middleware service provider ESTREME. There will be a handful of speakers, and I’ll be presenting on the Patterns of Cloud Integration. It should be a...
  • Blog Post: 2012 Year in Review

    2012 was a fun year. I added 50+ blog posts, built Pluralsight courses about Force.com and Amazon Web Services, kept writing regularly for InfoQ.com, and got 2/3 of the way done my graduate degree in Engineering. It was a blast visiting Australia to talk about integration technologies, going to Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Exploring REST Capabilities of BizTalk Server 2013 (Part 2: Consuming REST Endpoints)

    In my previous post, I looked at how the BizTalk Server 2013 beta supports the receipt of messages through REST endpoints. In this post, I’ll show off a couple of scenarios for sending BizTalk messages to REST service endpoints. Even though the BizTalk adapter is based on the WCF REST binding, all my...
  • Blog Post: Exploring REST Capabilities of BizTalk Server 2013 (Part 1: Exposing REST Endpoints)

    The BizTalk Server 2013 beta is out there now and I thought I’d take a look at one of the key additions to the platform. In this current age of lightweight integration and IFTTT simplicity, one has to wonder where BizTalk will continue to play. That said, a clean support of RESTful services will go ...
  • Blog Post: Interview Series: Four Questions With … Jürgen Willis

    Greetings and welcome to the 44th interview in my series of talks with leaders in the “connected technology” space. This month, I reached out to Jürgen Willis who is Group Program Manager for the Windows Azure team at Microsoft with responsibility for Windows Workflow Foundation and the new Workflow...
  • Blog Post: Capabilities and Limitations of “Contract First” Feature in Microsoft Workflow Services 4.5

    I think we’ve moved well past the point of believing that “every service should be a workflow” and other things that I heard when Microsoft was first plugging their Workflow Foundation. However, there still seem to be many cases where executing a visually modeled workflow is useful. Specifically, they...
  • Blog Post: Trying Out the New Windows Azure Portal Support for Relay Services

    Scott Guthrie announced a handful of changes to the Windows Azure Portal, and among them, was the long-awaited migration of Service Bus resources from the old-and-busted Silverlight Portal to the new HTML hotness portal. You’ll find some really nice additions to the Service Bus Queues and Topics. In...
  • Blog Post: Interview Series: Four Questions With … Hammad Rajjoub

    Greetings and welcome to the 43rd interview in my series of chats with thought leaders in the “connected technologies” domain. This month, I’m happy to have Hammad Rajjoub with us. Hammad is an Architect Advisor for Microsoft, former Microsoft MVP, blogger, published author, and you can find him on Twitter...
  • Blog Post: Book Review: Microsoft Windows Server AppFabric Cookbook

    It’s hard to write technical books nowadays. First off, technology changes so fast that there’s nearly a 100% chance that by the time a book is published, its subject has undergone some sort of update. Secondly, there is so much technical content available online that it makes books themselves feel downright...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Service Bus Splitter and Aggregator

    This article will cover basic implementations of the Splitter and Aggregator patterns using the Windows Azure Service Bus. The content will be included in the next release of the “ Windows Azure Service Bus Developer Guide ”, along with some other patterns I am working on. I’ve taken the pattern descriptions...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Service Bus Resequencer

    Introduction I’ll be presenting a session at Sweden Windows Azure Group (SWAG) on Monday, as well as presenting on the Windows Azure Service Bus at various other events. I thought it would be fun to look at implementing some of the Enterprise Integration Patterns using the brokered messaging capabilities...
  • Blog Post: Sweden Windows Azure Group Meeting - Windows Azure Service Bus, 26th March, Stockholm

    I’ll be presenting a session on “Windows Azure Service Bus” for the Sweden Windows Azure Group (SWAG) at AddSkills in Stockholm on the 26 th March. It will be a demo intensive session looking at the relayed and brokered messaging capabilities of the Service Bus. Register for the event here . Sign up...
  • Blog Post: PDF and CHM versions of Windows Azure Service Bus Developer Guide Available & Azure Service Bus 2-day Course

    I’ve just added PDF and CHM versions of “Windows Azure Service Bus Developer Guide”, you can get them here . The HTML browsable version is here . I have the first delivery of my 2-day course “SOA, Connectivity and Integration using the Windows Azure Service Bus” scheduled for 3-4 May in Stockholm. Feel...
  • Blog Post: Azure Service Bus - Two Day Course in Stockholm

    As I was working on “The Developers Guide to AppFabric” e-book I also started developing a training course on the Azure Service Bus. The first delivery of this course is scheduled for May 3-4 in Stockholm. I’m really looking forward to delivering this, it will be exciting to be working with emerging...
  • Blog Post: The Developer's Guide to App Fabric November 2011

    The November 2011 release expands on the Service Bus brokered messaging content to provide more details of the features. Deadlettering and message expiration are covered, along with message deferral, duplicate message detection, message correlation and sessions. Get it here .
  • Blog Post: Integration in the Cloud: Part 3 – Remote Procedure Invocation Pattern

    This post continues a series where I revisit the classic Enterprise Integration Patterns with a cloud twist. So far, I’ve introduced the series and looked at the Shared Database pattern. In this post, we’ll look the second pattern: remote procedure invocation. What Is It? One uses this remote procedure...
  • Blog Post: Deadlettering in Azure AppFabric Service Bus Brokered Messaging

    I’ve just published an article on deadlettering on “ Deadlettering in Azure AppFabric Service Bus Brokered Messaging ”. It looks at how deadlettering can be used to handle poison messages, and messages that do not meet business rules. The article will be included in the next release of “The Developer...
  • Blog Post: Sweden Windows Azure Group (SWAG) meeting on Thursday 27th October in Stockholm, "Extending to the Cloud",

    I’ll be presenting a session on “Extending to the Cloud” at the Sweden Windows Azure User Group next week. Extending to the Cloud Extending to the cloud involves developing hybrid applications that leverage the capabilities of cloud based platforms. Many of the Windows Azure solutions developed today...
  • Blog Post: Official release of “The Developer’s Guide to AppFabric"

    I’ve just published the official release version of “The Developer’s Guide to AppFabric”. After receiving some great feedback from people I’ve corrected some errors and typos. There’s no new content since the CTP, but I’m busy working on that and there will be a lot more coverage of brokered messaging...
  • Blog Post: Interview Series: Four Questions With … Scott Seely

    Autumn is upon us, but the Four Questions continue. Welcome to the 35th interview in my ongoing series of chats with “connected technology” thought leaders. This month, we’ve wrangled Scott Seely (@sseely) who is a consultant, Microsoft MVP, Microsoft Regional Director, noted author, and Pluralsight...
  • Blog Post: CTP Version of The Developers Guide to AppFabric

    I’ve just published a CTP version of “The Developers Guide to AppFabric”. Any feedback on the content would be great, and I will include it in the full release next week. “The Developer’s Guide to AppFabric” is a free e-book for developers who are exploring and leveraging the capabilities of the Azure...
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