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BizTalk Server 2010 R2 Announced
Yesterday, Microsoft announced the forthcoming release of BizTalk Server 2010 R2 on the BizTalk Server blog site. This is advanced notice, given that this new version will ship six months after the release of Windows 8, expected in the second half of next year. On this basis, we can expect the new version of BizTalk Server to arrive in 2013. Given the BizTalk team’s previous record of name changes, I wonder if this will eventually be released as BizTalk Server 2013. Microsoft has been refreshingly ......

Posted On Friday, December 9, 2011 8:37 AM

Announcing BizTalk Server 2010 Unleashed
At last, I can announce that ‘BizTalk Server 2010 Unleashed’ has been published and is available through major booksellers in both printed and electronic form. The book is not a new edition of the old ‘BizTalk Server 2004 Unleashed’ book from several years ago, although Brian Loesgen, our fearless team leader, provided continuity with that title. Instead, this is entirely new content written by a team of six authors, including myself. BizTalk Server is such a huge subject. It proved a challenge to ......

Posted On Sunday, September 25, 2011 10:30 PM

Microsoft Presentation on CEP and BizTalk
After publishing the article on CEP on the Microsoft platform a couple of days ago ( see I was reminded of an excellent presentation given by my good friends John Plummer and Jeff Johnson at the Microsoft Architect Insight conference in 2008. John and Jeff both work for Microsoft in the UK. They used NEsper (the .NET port of the open source Esper event processing engine) to demonstrate how CEP might be used ......

Posted On Thursday, May 21, 2009 9:23 AM

BizTalk Server 2009 Announced
Microsoft announced BizTalk Server 2009 today, and gave the green light to talking about the new version. It’s due for release in the first half of next year, and is shaping up nicely. Microsoft is casting BizTalk Server 2009 as a major new version in its own right, rather than just an updated 'release' of BizTalk Server 2006. This is an important move, and one I strongly welcome. There is certainly enough in BizTalk Server 2009 to warrant thinking of it as a major revision of the product, although ......

Posted On Friday, September 5, 2008 9:34 PM

MS BRE: Using Compensation handlers
Being known for my interest in rules processing, I quite often get asked to help with problems with MS BRE. A couple of days ago, I was asked to help investigate an issue occurring in production for a BizTalk Server application. Occasionally, in a fairly high throughput system, BizTalk logs an error stating that a problem has been encountered while executing a rule set. That is the only information provided, with no hint of what the problem might be, and because the issue only occurs intermittently ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 23, 2008 12:48 AM

Using .NET 3.5 and Visual Studio 2005
The recent release of Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Fx 3.5 is causing some confusion. Microsoft released these two technologies together for good reason. The wonderful new LinQ technologies introduced in .Net 3.5 rely on explicit compiler-level support, and therefore require LinQ aware compilers in Visual Studio. The new version of visual Studio provides these compilers, allowing developers to take advantage of the new monadic syntax. In addition, Visual Studio has several new features designed to ......

Posted On Saturday, December 1, 2007 11:23 AM

DebugView and the elusive 'Capture Global Win32' option
Like most BizTalk Server developers I am addicted to the use of DebugView. This, in case you are one of the three BizTalk developers out there who are still not aware of it, is a free utility written by the SysInternals people. Microsoft bought SysInternals a while back, and the utility can now be downloaded from their web site at: DebugView provides a viewer for traces created using the Win32 OutputDebugString() API. You can ......

Posted On Sunday, September 16, 2007 2:24 PM

WF Rules and MS BRE - Comparing Performance
I’ve been asked a few times how the performance of WF (Windows Workflow Foundation) Rules compares with that of the Microsoft Business Rules Engine (MS BRE). Having done no testing, I could only guess at the answer. I’ve now undertaken some initial performance testing to compare WF and MS BRE, and decided to publish the results. You can read my write-up of the results here. ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 14, 2007 6:27 PM

BizTalk Server or WF for rules and tracking?

I got an email today requesting help in deciding the appropriate selection of rule processing technology for a workflow application.   I’ve got requests like this before, so I’ve decided to post a reply publically.

Posted On Thursday, July 19, 2007 8:13 PM

BizTalk Server 2006: Auto-Construction of Orchestration Variables Considered Harmful

Don't get me wrong. I think the world of BizTalk as a product. But, like any complex piece of software, there are one or two things that annoy me. An orchestration issue which caused me some suffering a few days ago is the auto-construction of orchestration variables.

Posted On Sunday, February 4, 2007 8:27 PM

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