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  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    Server AppFabric for the BizTalk Developer Video Session

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    If you consider yourself a hard core BizTalk Developer, then this session is for you! A few weeks ago I presented a session on Server AppFabric to the BizTalk User Group in Sweden. This session was geared to showing how similar Workflow 4.0 and AppFabric are to BizTalk – conceptually at least. The goal of this session was to show how us BizTalk guys and gals can quickly pick up Workflow 4 and AppFabric because we already understand the concepts. I would highly recommend this 60 minute session...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    Applied Architecture Patterns on the Microsoft Platform Available In India for 400 Rs

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    Our book, Applied Architecture Patterns on the Microsoft Platform: An In-Depth Scenario-Driven Approach to Architecting Systems using Microsoft Technologies, is now available in India at a significant discount for orders placed and delivered in India!  This type of discount is common with most technology books due to the difference in costs and wages in India vs. US and Europe. Computer Bookshop is offering our book for 400 Rs (20% the normal price of 500 Rs).  The direct link is: http...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    Setting Up BizTalk 2010 R2 CTP in an Azure Virtual Machine using the Gallery

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    BizTalk 2010 R2 CTP is now publicly available as a template inside the Azure Virtual Machine Gallery.  BizTalk 2010 R2 CTP supports Windows 8, Windows 8 Server, SQL 2012, and Visual Studio 2012 (this is the only supported version of Visual Studios). What does having a Virtual Machine Gallery for BizTalk mean to you?  If you have an Azure account you can be up and running with BizTalk 2010 R2 CTP in no time at all.  Even if you do not have an account yet – it is simple to get a free...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    BizTalk 2010 Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach Book Now Available

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    I had the honor of being the Technical Reviewer on the BizTalk 2006 Recipes book.  One of the authors, Mark Beckner, has updated the book for BizTalk 2010.  It is currently available on Amazon.com at 38% off list price. This book covers the following topics: What’s New in BizTalk Server 2010 Schemas Mapping Messaging and Pipelines Orchestrations Adapters Business Rules Framework EDI Solutions Deployment Administration and Operations Business Activity Monitoring I would highly recommend...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    Windows Azure IaaS is Live and BizTalk Server 2013 Hourly Pricing Released

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    Today Microsoft released to General Availability the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) side of Windows Azure.  This includes Virtual Machines and Virtual Networking.  Read complete details of the release here . This is a huge milestone for BizTalk’ers because with the GA release we now have available on a per-per-hour basis both BizTalk Server 2013 Standard and Enterprise Editions.  This opens up a whole new spectrum of scenarios using this per-per-use model.  We now have 3 new...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    How To Call A Receive Pipeline In an Orchestration

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    With the release of BizTalk 2006 Beta just around the corner, why not get a head start by seeing how to call a Receive Pipeline from within an Orchestration. For starter, why would you want to call a Receive Pipeline from within an Orchestration? I had to struggle for a bit to come up with a good reason… I can find it useful in debatching Scenarios that require mapping prior to debatching or for debatching into smaller batches using a map. I could also find it useful when working with flat...
  • BizTalk Community Blogs via Syndication

    Sharepoint – Cascading Drop Down Lists

    Dependent Drop Downs, Cascading Drop Downs, Filtered Drop Downs. Whatever you want to call them, this is where you have a secondary drop down list filtered based on the choice from the primary drop down list. For example: select a country and you get...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    Winner of the Best Missing Feature in BizTalk 2010 is?

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    I just wanted to thank all the entries into the “ What is missing in BizTalk 2010 Contest ”.  It was a hard decision for the other judges and I. Finally, the decision was made.  The winner was Siffnn from the UK.  He received a free hard copy of my book “ Applied Architecture Patterns on the Microsoft Platform ”. His entry was the following: “I Would like to See following features : 1- GUI in admin console to tune BizTalk Message Box Parameters 2- GUI similar to SQL Management studio...
  • BizTalk Community Blogs via Syndication

    1000 Lines Of Code

    Scott Watermasysk, of .Text and Community Server fame, has a post on his new blog which talks about the start of his current project at Telligent called Graffiti . In it he discusses his opinion that if a first version of your project cannot be accomplished...
  • BizTalk Community Blogs via Syndication

    COM proxy stub dll and why do you need it

    Let’s start from the end, after all ordering of posts on a blog make it natural. Please, notice that this post is rather for people starting writing COM, veterans would find it pretty evident. On another hand, remembering all the small details may be...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    Parallel Convoys (Concurrent Receive) in BizTalk

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    In the past, I have tended to focus on sequential convoys. Now, I decided to take a look at Concurrent Convoys. First off, I was sure in older versions of the documentation they were called Parallel Convoys? Maybe I’m mistaken or maybe the name changed over the past few months…. In any case, I will get with the times and call them Concurrent Convoys. No matter what you call them, the power and usefulness of this type of convoy is the same. Why use Concurrent Convoys? Concurrent convoys...
  • BizTalk Community Blogs via Syndication

    Version 10 of the Message Box Viewer Tool (MsgBoxViewer) Release

    Just a quick note to those that frequently use the tool (like me) while analyzing and gathering details from a BizTalk Server environment: I’ve just noticed that Jean-Pierre Auconie has released version 10 of his extremely useful Message Box Viewer tool...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    Book Sample Code, Our Commercial, and Repair & Resubmit Solution Video

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    I have posted online all the sample code from my book, “Applied Architecture Patterns on the Microsoft Platform”.  You can download it at http://www.biztalkgurus.com/media/p/30260.aspx .  This code contains various samples using BizTalk, BizTalk ESB Toolkit, Server AppFabric, SharePoint 2010, .Net 4.0 Workflow, SQL, Stream Insight, Azure, SQL Azure, Platform AppFabric Service Bus, Server AppFabric Caching, and more.  Of course, you will get the most benefit of this code using it alongside...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    Got the Best Missing Enterprise Pattern? Win A Copy Of Applied Architecture Patterns on the Microsoft Platform

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    Packt Publishing has given me a few copies of my book “Applied Architecture Patterns on the Microsoft Platform” to give away on BizTalkGurus.com. Over the next few weeks, I am going to have a few contests. The book is a $60 value and I will cover the shipping costs to the winner anyplace in the world as long as the US Postal Service ships there. Contest #1 – Below are the architectural patterns covered in our book. We started with a much larger list and cut it down to what we thought...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    Applied Architecture Patterns on the Microsoft Platform Now Available on Amazon.com

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    I am pleased to announce my book is now available for immediate delivery on Amazon.com! The book is called “ Applied Architecture Patterns on the Microsoft Platform ” published by Packt Publishing. This book is a detailed scenario-driven approach to architecting systems using Microsoft technologies covering BizTalk Server, .Net 4, AppFabric, Azure, SQL, and more. We dive into 13 real-life style scenarios and talk about various technology options available to solve the problem. One technology...
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