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Microsoft BizTalk Services is an innovative technology that establishes the concept of an Internet Service Bus based on WCF.
Earlier this year, Microsoft released a CTP version of a new technology stack called 'BizTalk Services'. In July, they updated this with a new release. It is only now, at long last, that I've got around to playing with BizTalk Services. I did have an abortive attempt some months ago, but gave up. My colleague, Andy James (CTO at SolidSoft), has been dropping hints (er..., providing technology-focussed direction) to the consulting team for ages that we should put some effort into exploring this emerging ......

In an earlier posting, I described, at a high level, the nature and purpose of BizTalk Services. BizTalk Services centre of a new ‘Internet Service Bus’ which Microsoft is currently developing on their WCF (Windows Communication Foundation) framework. The technical aim of the ISB is to simplify connectivity between services and clients, even if those servers and clients exist behind different firewalls and NAT routers. By connectivity, however, Microsoft is thinking about much more than the basic ......

My main problem in connecting to BizTalk Services on Monday 1st October 2007 was that the 'live' site provided by Microsoft was broken. SOAP requests to a web service made via SDK code with hard-wired URIs, for example, were met with an HTTP response containing a "The requested page is unavailable" HTML page. Not good, but when I tried this a few days later, the problem had gone away. Fortunately, Microsoft also currently runs a 'Pre-Production Environment' site in parallel with the live site, and ......