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Connected Systems Chilled Out Blog Hanging stuff together in a meaningful way with some fun added July 2007 Entries
Microsoft SOA & Business Process Conference 2007
Microsoft has announced the 2007 Microsoft SOA & Business Process Conference to be held from October 29th through November 2nd, 2007 at the Microsoft Conference Center on the Microsoft Campus in Redmond, WA. The web site states: During 4 days of breakout sessions, chalk talk discussions, hands-on-labs, peer networking, and social events you will learn about both Microsoft’s current portfolio and long-term strategy for SOA & Business Process initiatives. Whether you are a developer, architect, ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 31, 2007 5:06 PM

BizTalk Architects on Facebook

For all you facebookers out there with BizTalk Architecture inclinations join the BizTalk Architects group and rub shoulders with the likes of Mike Woods, Clem Vasters, Darren Jefford and folks from Solidsoft

Posted On Saturday, July 28, 2007 4:51 PM

BizTalk HotRod

The second issue of the BizTalk HotRod mag is available for download. Please find it here: BizTalk HotRod Mag

Posted On Friday, July 27, 2007 11:25 AM

HD v Blu-ray
This battle continues and isn't that clear who is winning although the smart money is on Blu-ray.... So the US figures: Hardware HD : 300,000 but that is 150,000 dedicated players and 150,000 other half are Xbox add ons. Blu-ray: 1,500,000 but only 100,000 are dedicated players and the rest based on the sale of the PS3. So it appears a win for Blu-ray....but then again all HD sales were a deliberate purchase of a HD player not just because it came with the cames console.... So result not clear. Top-selling ......

Posted On Friday, July 27, 2007 10:58 AM

Visual Studio 2008 - Beta 2

Come and get it here: Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2

Dates now avaialable for release:

SQL 2008, .Net 3.5, Visual Studio and Windows Server 2008 are now scheduled for a Feb 27 2008 release. Of couse RTM and MSDN availability may be before that :-)

Posted On Friday, July 27, 2007 10:48 AM

BizTalk.Net Services in the Cloud: Homework
So decided it was time I did a little homework on this baby. First I read the bumpf, downloaded the SDK. I then watched my old pal from Windows Windows Foundation days, Dennis's video on Channel 9. What could be more followed the instructions :- registered at, associated a beautifully crafted Cardspace card and loaded up the CTP sample code with glee.... And this is where I'm now at!! I follow the instructions for the Echo sample - build both client and server, run ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 18, 2007 4:02 AM

What the keen BizTalker should be looking at!

Orcas Beta 1 (Visual Studio 2008

BizTalk.Net Services CTP

BPEL for Windows Workflow CTP

And that's just for starters...

Posted On Wednesday, July 18, 2007 3:49 AM

More on the SOA SKU and other info
Steven Martin, CSD Product Manager at Microsoft in his blog states: Today at the Worldwide Partner Conference in Denver, we announced that BizTalk Server 2006 R2, is set to launch in September of this year! We also gave details on pricing, licensing and SKUs— all the details can be found here—but here are the important points I want to highlight today (all available with BizTalk Server 2006 R2): · The New Branch Edition: Intra-organizational connectivity (hub / spoke) is an important scenario for ......

Posted On Monday, July 16, 2007 6:43 AM

Pub/Sub with Low latency
Found at CodePlex The Web Solutions Platform (WSP) event system is a general-purpose distributed publish/subscribe event system designed for high performance and low latency. Publish/subscribe is a common communication pattern though there are many variations to solve different scenario requirements. The event system provides the developer with a class library paradigm for publishing and subscribing to events. The events are developer-defined .Net classes which sub-class from the base event. This ......

Posted On Monday, July 16, 2007 6:42 AM

BizTalk 2006: New White papers

Two new BizTalk Server whitepapers:

Posted On Monday, July 16, 2007 6:35 AM

Is Microsoft producing a SOA SKU?
There is a buzz around the post WPC world that Microsoft may be about to launch a single SKU that in real terms is the Microsoft shrink wrapped SOA product. Burley Kawasaki, director of product management with Microsoft’s Connected Systems Division, is quoted as saying. “We are trying to codify our experience and create an integrated licensing offering so you can buy a single SKU and have all the software you need … We think this pack can be a platform for building Office-based composite apps on ......

Posted On Friday, July 13, 2007 2:30 AM

Book: Professional BizTalk Server 2006
The excellent Professional BizTalk Server 2006 by Darren Jefford (Author), Kevin B. Smith (Author), Ewan Fairweather (Author) is now available at all good book shops. In fact here's a link to it at Amazon The book is an excellent reference for any would be BizTalk developer. I know the authors both personally and by reputation and can vouch for their creditability. I you were to buy only one book on the topic this is it ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 11, 2007 3:58 PM

XBOX 360 Elite - Europe:24th August

XBOX 360 Elite

Launch in Europe: 24th August

Price: Euros 499 (£300)

Features: Black, HD via HDMI, HDMI lead, Wireless controller, 120 Gig Hard drive

PS: IPTV coming in UK care of BTVision to and XBOX 360 near you


Posted On Wednesday, July 11, 2007 3:32 PM

Patterns for using BizTalk WCF Adapter

Have a look at the BizTalk Adapter Development Blog for some great usage patterns for the WCF LOB Adapter,

Get it Here

Posted On Wednesday, July 11, 2007 12:03 PM

BizTalk 2006 R2

So at last the final list of R2 additions plus price point:

BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Evaluation Edition  - Free

BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Branch Edition       - $1,899 (but must connect to a Ent. Edition

BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Developer Edition  - $500

BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Standard Edition    - $8,500

BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Enterprise Edition  - $35,000


Release date: Summer 2007 (Most likely Sept 2007)


Source: WPC

Posted On Wednesday, July 11, 2007 11:47 AM

Microsoft's Dynamics Live CRM
Microsoft showcased its new on-demand Dynamics Live CRM service July 10, which will be operated and managed within its data centers and initially available in the United States. It is based on the upcoming release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, code-named Titan, a multitenant application platform that also supports deployments in on-premise and partner-hosted environments. See it here ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 11, 2007 4:28 AM

How cool is that!

My father is in Wikipedia!

Read all at :

Posted On Wednesday, July 11, 2007 4:06 AM


AllOfMP3 is dead. has taken over but also appears to be dead today!

Posted On Thursday, July 5, 2007 7:19 AM

Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1

Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 has been released and is available as a free download at

Posted On Wednesday, July 4, 2007 1:59 PM

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