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The Microsoft® server products offer a comprehensive range of solutions for building an integrated and flexible business infrastructure. From messaging and collaboration to database management, and from e-commerce to content management, Microsoft servers offer the scalability, reliability, and manageability today's agile businesses need to remain competitive.

This page provides a link to the Web Services specifications . This is important form understanding the way forward with Web Services.

Web Service Specifications

The goal of this project, code-named “FABRIQ”, is to create a special-purpose, high-performance, service-oriented, one-way messaging infrastructure for queuing networks, agents and agile computing. It’s not a Microsoft product. It’s an architecture blue-print backed by code that is writen so that customers don’t need to – at least that’s the plan.See : FABRIQ ......

My muse for the week is BizTalk 2004 has come of age (16 not yet 21) and the major growing pains are over we now have a situation where the product is not just about EAI and B2B. We have a set of tools that facilitate the rapid deployment of Business process using .Net technologies. So what do I mean by that? Well lets start using BizTalk 2004 in application solutions. Orchestration has come of age, the plumbing issue has been cracked and we now have a stonking Rules Engine. This means ......

Interesting stuff on pulling data from Lotus Notes:

Gary Devendorf Blog

An interesting couple of articles around auto-code generation:

Auto Stored Proc Generation

The Microsoft Enterprise Instrumentation framework (EIF) enables applications built on the .NET Framework to be instrumented for manageability in a production environment. This framework provides an extensible event schema and unified API which leverages existing eventing, logging and tracing mechanisms built into Windows, including WMI, the Windows Event Log, and Windows Event Tracing. This framework plays a key part in a number of the Microsoft application blocks particulary the Exception block. ......

A great blog from Darren Jefford - Post to the MessageBox

OK so its over to the 'Dark Side' web site for a rather interesting offering..... The .NET Framework Data Provider for DB2 Universal Database® (UDB) for iSeries in the iSeries Access for Windows product The iSeries Access for Windows beta includes a new .NET Framework Data Provider for DB2 Universal Database® (UDB) for iSeries in the iSeries Access for Windows product. There are many other enhancements in iSeries Navigator; in the data access components, like OLE DB, ODBC, Data Transfer; ......

Go to : Configuring IIS 6

Why integration..this is an interesting question that can be answered in many ways but for the purposes of this post we are going to consider the following as the de-facto answer. There are a number of compelling reasons for why companies or organizations need to integrate. these are: The need to offer new services to partners and customers The need to streamline and optimize business processes The need to offer new services to partners and customers This is a great driving force for integration. ......

I have nearly finished a demo of using NUnit for testing aspects of the rules engine. I will either post it as an article or if short enough a simple post here - so watch this space!

An unusual use of RSS - Event log monitoring!!!


See here : Event Logs from RSS

JOURNAL - Microsoft Architect's Journal - a platform where authoritative software architects from all corners of Microsoft's architect community will discuss the connection between opportunities once out of reach and the solutions that now make them possible.


How about a bunch of articles around the theme:

BizTalk 2004 for Dummies

Much in the vain of those famous 'dummy' series of books. I suppose it'll have to be called 'BizTalk for the .....' please let me know your thoughts. So far I have had 'BizTalk for the Intellectually Challenged', 'BizTalk for Thickos' and 'BizTalk for the hard of thinking'


The BizTalk 2004 Server 2004 Management Pack is a set of instructions that define how to monitor and manage BizTalk 2004 Server 2004. This management pack enables you to: Identify and measure the health of the system. Monitor critical components and services. Address and correct issues with actionable responses. Understand when to escalate issues. Analyze and troubleshoot the data and information received from BizTalk 2004 Server 2004. Get it ......

After seeing Charles Young's new blog I decided to shift mine across to this wonderful site!