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Microsoft ESB Guidance for BizTalk Server 2006 R2 is live!
One of the best attended sessions at the SOA Conference in Redmond last week was actually the last session on the last day when usually most people would be headed towards the airport. It was on the ESB Guidance that has been in the works for several months. Marty Wasznicky demo'd the final release bits and discussed the most recent refinements and changes. He was basically done at that point, just waiting for the final i's to be dotted and t's to be crossed on the deployment package and for it all ......

Posted On Friday, November 9, 2007 11:06 AM

Is BizTalk Dead?
Ok, so I have a theme going and thought I might as well run with it. I promise this is the last "Is x Dead?" post. Of course BizTalk isn't dead. But it is going to change in the next couple of years. What I am talking about here is "Oslo", the recently announced, next-generation distributed computing vision from Microsoft. Oslo takes SOA to the Internet I was out at the SOA conference last week where Microsoft first publicly shared the vision that they are code-naming Oslo. There is a great story ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 6, 2007 2:20 PM

Is BizTalk Dead?
Ok, so I have a theme going and thought I might as well run with it. I promise this is the last "Is x Dead?" post. Of course BizTalk isn't dead. But it is going to change in the next couple of years. What I am talking about here is "Oslo", the recently announced, next-generation distributed computing vision from Microsoft. Oslo takes SOA to the Internet I was out at the SOA conference last week where Microsoft first publicly shared the vision that they are code-naming Oslo. There is a great story ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 6, 2007 2:12 PM

Contract First and BizTalk
Not only is BizTalk sort of “Contract First” out of the box, there is now a tool for BizTalk to actually give you the same experience the thinktecture WSCF tool gives you(http://www.thinktecture... The new tool is written by Molnar Tibor and is called BiztalkWscfClient: http://geekswithblogs.net/m... It currently supports BizTalk 2004 and VS.NET 2004, but he is working to upgrade it for BizTalk 2006 and VS.NET 2005 very soon. This is ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 15, 2006 7:43 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: www.nyccsug.org. 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

NYC Connected Systems User Group
For a while now several us have thought “there oughta be an Enterprise Integration-oriented user group in the NY/NJ area“. Luckily we've bumped into one another and “I oughta” has turned into “we're gonna“. The “we“ includes myself (leader of the NJ DotNet Architecture and Development User Group) and Andrew Brust, Stephen Forte, and Bill Zack, the moderators of the NY DotNet Developers Group, so we're not just whistling Dixie.We've got strong support ......

Posted On Thursday, January 5, 2006 5:50 AM

Winning developers over to the BizTalk way
A few of us who evangelize BizTalk have noticed that it is sometimes tough to get developers excited about BizTalk. In general, the BizTalk class at a developer conference or event, e.g. VSLive, will not be the biggest draw. I think there are several reasons why this is: General lack of knowledge and understanding of exactly what BizTalk does. The name probably doesn't convey what it does very well. Microsoft Enterprise Integration Server might have been a better name (but its too close to Host Integration ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 15, 2006 5:58 AM

NYC Code Camp
I am presenting at my first Code Camp this Saturday in NYC. The matrix of sessions is here: http://nyc.codecamp.us/Matr... The registration is full, but you can register for the wait list here: http://msevents.microsoft.c... 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

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

A season for every trick under heaven
When pontificating on subjects like SOA, one has usually has to decide which side of the fence to stand on: Unqualified, wild-eyed, bandwagon-riding enthusiasm. This usually involves pronouncements that the new paradigm will make computing infinitely easier and more fun, that it should universally and immediately be adopted for all new development and most if not all legacy systems should immediately be re-written because the new paradigm renders them hopelessly obsolete. In addition any developer ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 28, 2005 8:54 AM

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