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BizTalk Orchestration DesignerVisually define and build robust, distributed business processes. Long-Running TransactionsEnsure transactional integrity on asynchronous transactions that span minutes, days, or even weeks. Concurrency and SynchronizationInitiate several independent business processes simultaneously and synchronize them at defined meeting points. Advanced Process CorrelationManage multiple independent simultaneous instances of business processes. Business Process State ManagementTrack ...
BizTalk EditorEasily define and edit document schema for any structured document type, including XML, electronic data interchange (EDI), and flat files. BizTalk MapperBuild document maps that allow applications and business partners who use different document definitions to communicate with each other. BizTalk Orchestration DesignerVisually define and build robust, distributed business processes. BizTalk Messaging ManagerUse this wizard-based tool to rapidly define trading partner relationships. ...
Using C#: using System.Data.SqlClient;...Sq... oSQLConn = new SqlConnection();oSQLConn.Co... = "Data Source=(local);" + "Initial Catalog=mySQLServerDBName;" + "Integrated Security=SSPI";oSQLConn.Ope... Using VB.NET: Imports System.Data.SqlClient...Dim oSQLConn As SqlConnection = New SqlConnection()oSQLConn.Con... = "Data Source=(local);" & _ "Initial Catalog=mySQLServerDBName;" & _ "Integrated Security=SSPI"oSQLConn.Open() If connection to a remote server (via ...
Microsoft's new site!!
Well not really, just pre-emptive action agaisnt a possible DOS attack by MyDoom.B.
You'd think my name, Andy Johns wouldn't be the kind of name people would get wrong often.... I mean in college I knew a guy named Andy Schexnyder (ok, I have no idea if I'm spelling that correctly, I lost contact with Andy S. years and years ago) and there's a name I can understand if people misspell or mispronounce.... but Johns? J-O-H-N-S simple right? Unfortunately not so, I did a Proof of Concept project for a large financial company with Microsoft. The other day we revisited them and did a ...
So my current project is a Sharepoint gig. I'm not really a Sharepoint guy, I think of my area as more of an AppDev type, large scale systems, etc.... but Sharepoint is big now so I've picked it up..... Not too complicated of a project, some custom workflow stuff built around the event mechanism of Document Libraries (can't take credit for thinking that one up, I ripped off a non-working but nearly-there demo of a workflow we got from Microsoft for Sharepoint 2003 beta. A few tweaks and I can use ...
There are so many things going on in February that I am sure I will miss something as I attempt this round-up. First, there is still a chance to catch Rob on the ASP.NET Exposed tour in New York, Boston and Houston. And good authority tells me that keeping an eye on the site for additional dates for the tour is not a bad idea! This week also brings Paul Litwin to the DotNetUsers in Seattle and Steve Walther to ASPRockville and ASPVienna - if you are in the Maryland/DC area I would not miss the opportunity! ...
Don't you hate it when you can't find an answer to your problems after searching Google? I know I do. I've been trying to get the Front Controller pattern (implementation) working, but seem to be having a lot of issues. Hopefully, others will run across this post instead of wading through the hundreds of dead-end forum posts and walk-throughs. I'm sure there is one place that answers all my questions, but as of now, I'm left to the wonderful world of Google. Anyway, while working on this solution, ...

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Whew ... I can finally talk about it! For about 2 or 3 months now, I have been working on a Microsoft/Reuters joint ad campaign that is going to be coming out in about a week and a half, but which was announced only this week in San Francisco. Microsoft is doing their first ad campaign focused on Windows Server System - a brand that encompasses quite a few components (such as Windows Server, SQL, BizTalk, etc.). The focus of the ad was to focus on what real people in real companies are doing with ...
Ok, big pressure now. I've got a forum to spill all my random thoughts, insightful notions, and technical mumbo-jumbo.... so what shall we talk about, hmmm? First off who the heck am I? Well, I'm not this guy, or this guy, or this guy. I'm this guy..... Ok, gotcha with that last one then? Well, it seems my name is common enough that I blend in and Google has as hard time picking the real me out. If you search hard enough you can find a few links to old technical groups I've contributed random bits ...
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A new build of ShadowFax is out : Build 1.23.2004 (via Christian Weyer) For information, ShadowFax is an SOA (Service Oriented Architecture) reference application by the Patterns and Practices (PAG) at Microsoft ...
The inventor of the wiki and one of the founders of Extreme Programming (XP) joins the Microsoft Prescriptive Architecture Team!!! Read about it here...Very cool!!!!
Here are a few links that I found recently. SharePoint links Microsoft Whitepaper on Extranet access to SPS using ISS Server Portal on the web @ SharePointSollutions Non-SharePoint (i.e Fun Stuff) ... Modified Mag NFS community. device from Tight Audio ...
OK, I know that this is not a popular view to have but I can't get over the stupidity of this latest virus. It baffles me why people would open an email from someone they don't know and execute the attachment. Maybe I don't understand something, or maybe i am just underestimating the stupidity of the average internet user. The number of infected people truly made me laugh this morning. I think that if you are stupid enough to open this message, download the attachment, and execute it you deserve ...
There's this CNET article today that features Don Box on Longhorn. Well theres nothing pheonomenoly new there, but I ask you "Box is leading the work on the "plumbing" part of Longhorn, called "Indigo," which is effectively the successor to Microsoft .Net " - Thats interesting. I guess in future we can expect run-away headlines like "Microsoft Builds successor to .NET", ".NET done with", "Microsoft looks beyond .NET", ".NET is obsolete" etc. etc. Well you get the drift. All that is required is some ...
I know this is my second article today about the same thing but I really can't stress enough how cool I think the idea behind WinFS is. With WinFS you can take disparate stores of information, such as MSN Messenger contacts and Outlook contacts, and share them across all applications in Longhorn. However, since third party applications, like Lotus and other email and collaboration applications, will not be designed to take advantage of these new features, many people think that the real purpose of ...

This will help. Microsoft Win32 to Microsoft .NET Framework API Map just published on MSDN...

Brad posted chapter 3, “The .NET Base Class Libraries” from Kate Gregory's Microsoft Visual C++ .NET 2003 Kick Start on CodeGuru and Developer.com.  So, choose your favorite site and check it out. 
I just finished looking through the winning submissions for the PDC Screen Saver Contest. The source code for the top three is available here. My favorite was the second place finisher because of its utilisation of WinFS. I was really impressed by the level to which contact, meeting, and task data are integrated into the core of the operating system. The concept of the screen saver was also very creative, providing information for someone who has left there desk in an office setting. Samples like ...
Never too early to start thinking about TechEd! Thanks Dave for giving the heads up that INETA will be coordinating the TechEd BOFs. The PDC BOFs were great and even kept me at the conference center late. I will be encouraging folks I know who are attending to submit BOF ideas. ...
Looks like BOF's will be an ongoing feature of the Microsoft conferences. The planning for BOF's at Teched2k4 has started and there is a site at www.ineta.org/bof although it has not been publicized yet. For PDC we did have enough submissions and had to turn down a number of people, this time it would be nice to have many more to choose from and combine. On a purely logistical front, we will need more volunteers to help. It is helpful to have someone able to monitor each room to welcome the host(s) ...
Next up, Löwy Guest Op Generates More Response by Robert Teixeira of Tampa. Robert, like me, seems to like a lot of Juval's input into the community, but I think he's made the same critical mistake that a lot of people made after reading Juval's article. I've talked to Juval and a number of Microsoft employees about this topic and I believe that I have a firm grip on what Juval was talking about. First of all, the Microsoft teams that determine what features will be added in the next version of each ...
Wow, I don't think that I have ever had an issue of VSM that was as “thought provoking” as this one. First up: Special Issue 2003 or 1983 by Mark Nelson of Seattle... So, Mark points out some problems with his experience with what seems to be architects. First off, I'd have to say that everyone should question any sentence with the word “architecture” in it - I know I do. For those who understand what architecture and design principles are truly about, I'm sure you know what I mean. I've met a lot ...
Well, I'm behind on my reading, so excuse the belated commenting... Patrick Meader, Editor in Chief of VSM, made his monthly comments in the December 2003 issue of the magazine. I couldn't let this one pass me up, though... Patrick talks about how VB will be getting a bit of a face-lift to bring it back to what it was intended to be from day one: a developer tool for non-programmers. Of course, those weren't his words, they're mine; but, let me clue you in on some of his words: ... the next version ...
Via Microsoft Monitor ... http://www.microsoftmonitor... Microsoft Business Solutions saw year-over-year growth of 41 percent to $190 million. Microsoft attributed much of the growth to licensing sales of Navision and Business Contact Manager. BCM is a client-relationship management add-on to Outlook that ships with three of the six Office 2003 versions. I would consider BCM a direct competitor to ACT! and Goldmine, so over-time sales could be significant. Early BCM success ...
Recently released, the Authorization and Profile Application Block provides an infrastructure for role-based authorization and access to profile information. The block enables you to: Authorize a user of an application or system. Use multiple authorization storage providers. Plug in business rules for action validation. Map multiple identities to a single user. Access profile information that can be stored in multiple profile stores. The hits just keep coming! If you aren't taking advantage of the ...

Scott posted a nifty custom functoid sample for BTS 2004...

 BizTalk 2004 makes it's predecessors (and the competition) look like a horse and wagon compared to a bullet train...IMHO

A recent study by the Yankee group gave some interesting insight into the disconnect between what customers want and what major software vendors (i.e. Oracle, Microsoft, SAP, etc) are delivering. The reason for customer dissatisfaction can be found in the disconnect between those attributes the study's subjects listed as most important for the "perfect" ERP vendor and those associated with software makers. Many of the vendors, especially Oracle and PeopleSoft, were seen as cutting edge in technology ...
AITF was a success! Juval Löwy, Michael Wheaton, and Dan Malks came and spoke to a group of developers and managers, and they all loved it. This forum was more focused on software development than I'd like for the future, but I had to minimize the scope because of other things going on at work. I must say that if you haven't experienced one of Juval's talks, you're missing out. Juval is very eccentric and opinionated, which is always a good thing in my book. He's worked with Microsoft on a number ...
Registration is now open...DevDays 2004, coming to 32 US cities this March, promises to be one of the most rewarding events of the year for professional developers. With a focus on building secure smart client and Web applications using Microsoft® Visual Studio® .NET, this event will help you add power and security to your applications the moment you walk out the door. No matter which track you attend, you'll be able to see a local expert build a real-world application, see the application ...

From MSDN....“Understanding how a WSDL file describes your Web service is the key to understanding how XML Web services work in general. This article is for .NET developers who want to demystify the WSDL files that Microsoft ASP.NET generates by examining the seven major elements that compose a WSDL file.”

Good stuff...

If you haven't done so already... Check out these samples that “show you how to build VSMacros projects, add–ins, and wizards to make your teams more productive and to bend Visual Studio .NET 2003 to the ways you like to work.”

Here's an article on MSDN that talks about how to develop apps when you're not an administrator on the machine. I haven't read thru the whole thing, yet, but it looks pretty good. I don't have this problem right now, but I know my organization is thinking about moving this way. From an enterprise point of view, it makes sense...I still hate it, though. I have had problems in other areas most Microsoft developers take advantage of. For instance, not having administrator access to SQL Server or not ...
I'm sure you've all seen this, but I just had to mention it. It seems that Google's getting crap for some of its practices. As I read thru the post, I thought it was pretty trivial, but slowly, the case started to get built up. By the end of the post, you're wondering what the heck is wrong with these people. There is a laundry list of allegations, which I suggest you check out. I guess Google figures that, if they're growing like Microsoft,then they can act like them, too :-) ...
Well, here's another set of Gartner predictions...“Predicts 2004: Developing Java and .NET AD Strategies.” For most Microsoft-centric enterprises, a move to .NET technology will be a question of when, not if. Meanwhile [J2EE] will span a range of projects, including high-profile e-commerce infrastructures. Here are the key predictions: .NET technology adoption will increase significantly The gap between increasingly mission-critical [J2EE] AD efforts and developer skills sets will grow J2EE will ...
Recently I had the issue of dealing with SPS2003 and Extranet access. The issue is ofcourse no issue at all, but just the problem of how to add external users (i.e. ppl outside your Windows domain) and users of the Portal. Here are a couple of links that would aid anyone else who wants to achieve this. Google indexed discussion @ microsoft.public.sharepoint... Whitepaper on how to Expose WSS through MS Small Business Server. And there is a whole email thread on this subject at sharepoint@yahoogroups.com ...
This is interesting, but at the same time, I don't know what to say about it. Microsoft is looking at extending C# to include XML and SQL features in the language (not thru classes, as it is now). You have to look at the pros and cons of it, tho. I mean, what will you benefit from it? Pros Less code Cons Harder to read code Complex variable initialization Unclear focus - what does MS recommend, class or code? I just don't see the overall benefit. I don't think that it is so bad that I would shun ...

Two great links for globalizing your applications I think I got from Kirk Allen Evans. Putting them here as I don't want to lose them.

Globalization Step-by-Step

Developing World-Ready Applications

I have really been getting into XBOX games as of late. It is a great way to relax and my 3 year old boy loves to play as well, so we have fun! I love the sports games the best - and football is the best of the sports games for me. I got NFL Fever 2002 and 2003. I really didn't notice much of a difference between those two except 2002 has a better film introduction which is cool to watch. The packaging said that the replays of NFL Fever 2003 were better than that of 2002, but again, I really didn't ...
In InfoPath, every control on the form must be bound to an element in the XML document and defined by the underlying schema. This can be limiting when you want to provide some additional assistance to retrieve information and/or populate the form. One option is to use managed code that displays System.Windows.Forms dialogs launched by a button on the form. This comes at a cost of making development and deployment more complicated. Another option is to use a Custom Task Pane. A Custom Task Pane in ...
There was a discussion on one of the internal aliases about abiding astute design patterns, particularly when it comes to memory management. I thought this would be of interest of those of you who haven’t fallen into the habit of deterministically finalizing your objects when they’re no longer needed. One of the strengths of the Common Language Runtime (CLR) is its memory management abilities. It spawns garbage collection threads that clean up all of the objects that are no longer in ...
ASP.NET Exposed in Chicago – 1/12/03 - A chilly but full house in the River West area, Rob walked through ASP.NET starting at a level even I could understand! The audience dealt with the chill and kept coats on but listened carefully. (Despite being slightly afraid of the lights! - see photos) Always heavy with great demos, Rob showed Chicago what ASP.NET can do - performance, caching, a quick preview of Whidbey, and much more. You can see the deck here. I even got the point that Whidbey is ...
According to John Alexander and from what others have been telling me, St. Louis had the largest gathering so far for the ASP.NET Roadshow that is roaming the country. That is outstanding, but we also know that the IT training/knowledge interest is extremely high in the Midwest. I am quite thankful that Microsoft came to St. Louis with this show. It wasn't too long ago where the only Midwest city that would be targeted for these sorts of things would be Chicago. When it comes to IT in St. Louis, ...
For all you ASP.NET developers our there, Http Compression is one of the most important things to consider adding to your application. It can speed up download times by about 5 times, saves on bandwidth, and improves on SSL performance.There are lots of vendors out there, pipeboost.com, xcache, and many more. But I wanted to make sure everyone has heard of the open source c# ziplib version: http://www.blowery.org/code... Works great unless your doing Server.Transfer, due to ...
The Next User Group Meeting is scheduled to be held on 16-Jan-2004 Timings: 6:30 PMVenue: Intelligroup OfficeEvery one is welcome to the meeting and I request members to pass on this message to as many people as possible.1) Welcome Note - 5 mins, By Jaffer2)Introduction to Biztalk Server 2004 - 30 minutes, By K. Shiva, Visual Soft TechnologiesBiztalk Server 2004 connects systems, people, and trading partners through manageable business processes. This session will provide an overview of the many ...
Log Parser is a tool available from Microsoft that allows you to run SQL queries against log files and send the information to a SQL Database or other file formats. In this article I describe the capabilities of Log Parser and how you can use it as a set of COM interfaces from your application.
There's been a lot of moving around in the Microsoft blogging world, and in the last couple of days the dust has finally settled, and the new default home for what was once http://blogs.gotdotnet.com is now http://blogs.msdn.com. Lots of people worked really hard to make http://blogs.msdn.com a reality and I'm waving a big Thank You to all of them! I'd also like to personally thank Scott Watermasysk for his willingness to move and convert (BlogX to .Text) all of the posts for those bloggers moving ...
Yesterday I saw a link for http://kbalertz.com on http://www.asp.net; I had heard of kbalertz before but had never visited. Last night I went to the site and was very pleasantly surprised at the functionality of the site, including the total ease with which I could sign up for alerts by email on some of my favorite MS technologies like Infopath and Windows Sharepoint Services (WSS). And then, being a big RSS fan, you can imagine my glee to find out that I could sign up for a feed of new KB articles ...