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Kent Brown Keepin It Real February 2006 Entries
Looks like we got ourselves a convoy
That's right a BizTalk convoy. I don't mean like a bunch of messages being handled by a single orchestration. I mean like a bunch of people who realize they are going in the same direction and are a force to be dealt with. The inaugural meeting of the NYC Connected Systems User Group ( was a roaring success. Only in NYC can you get 50 people out to the first meeting of a user group with only a month of publicizing. It was exciting to see the clear interest in Enterprise Integration ......

Posted On Friday, February 24, 2006 2:29 PM

NYC Code Camp
I am presenting at my first Code Camp this Saturday in NYC. The matrix of sessions is here: The registration is full, but you can register for the wait list here: My talk is on Orchestrating Web Services with BizTalk Server 2006. I've found from my .NET user group in NJ and other venues that its often tough to get the average developer enthused about BizTalk. I'm not sure why ......

Posted On Thursday, February 23, 2006 3:36 AM

BizTalk Server Compiled Help files
I needed a copy of the help files I could print out from my laptop which does not have BizTalk Server 2006 installed (I have it on a VPC but had trouble printing topic and all subtopics from there for some reason). This CHM version just came out last week and is very good. The content has been greatly improved since the Beta 2 release and overall seems a massive improvement over the BTS 2004 documentation: ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 14, 2006 1:12 PM

Great introductory article on WCF
I'm a little late to the WCF bandwagon. In a past job as instructor and architectural consultant, I used to be the Beta Hound, sniffing out the latest cool technology coming out of Microsoft, downloading it, “playing” with it, then writing or teaching about it. After a few years of that, especially with the release of .NET, I missed being in the trenches and felt the need to get back to writing some production code. So I got involved in designing and building into some large, multi-year ......

Posted On Monday, February 6, 2006 7:25 AM

NYC Connected Systems User Group - Inaugural Meeting
Things are coming together for the new NYC Connected Systems user group (NYCCSUG). We now have: A web site: A meeting location: The Microsoft NYC office. An Inaugural Meeting planned: 6-8:30 PM on Thursday Feb 23rd Speakers: I will open up the meeting to introduce the group, discuss the purpose and logistics. Ian Murphy, a Business Process and Integration (BPI) Technical Specialist with Microsoft to present a BizTalk 2006 Overview. We are going to be an INETA group which hooks us ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 1, 2006 8:34 AM

(Non) Trivial Pursuit - Taking the 74-135 BizTalk 2004 Partner Competency Exam
I just took (and passed!) the 74-135 Developing E-Business Solutions Using Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004 Partner Competency Exam. This exam has a bit of a reputation of being hard, probably because BizTalk has such a broad range of technologies packaged together and because there are no Transcender-type practice exams to be had. A search on the internet for how to prepare for this exam will leave you frustrated. The answer is basically: “Know the product inside and out and have lots of real-life ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 1, 2006 8:01 AM

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