Michael Stephenson

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April 2009 Entries

BizTalk RFID Workshop Review
Earlier this week I attended the RFID workshop held at Microsoft's Reading Offices. I thought Id write up some notes and thoughts I'd made about the event. Content/Trainer The course was based on the course developed by the guys at Breeze (http://breeze.net/default.... The material itself is excellently written and is easy to follow. It also has some nice little bits of humour which mean it is not the common/boring material you get on some courses. The material itself lets you build and enhance ......

Posted On Thursday, April 30, 2009 8:13 PM | Comments (1) |

Poor visual studio integration
<Rant> I came across the worst example of visual studio source control integration ever today. I was checking in some work and added the comment about the check in in the pending checkins box. I then pressed check in. We use MKS source control (unfortunately) which then preceeded to display 75 confirmation boxes confirming that I was sure i wanted to check in and that I wanted to use the comment I had supplied in Visual Studio. Note to anyone doing Visual Studio source control integration: ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 22, 2009 10:36 PM | Comments (0) |

How BizTalk handled some strange FTP behaviour
We had a little problem a few days ago when we were reviewing the testing of a B2B solution implemented with BizTalk. This implementation was basically the collection of a file via FTP and then a splitter pattern which would break up a batch and cascade updates to appropriate systems. The file which was recieved was a moderately complex file containing multiple rows containing different types of positional records. We had implemented this as per the specification and were moving from testing this ......

Posted On Friday, April 17, 2009 12:05 AM | Comments (2) |

BizTalk Blog Docs
Saravana Kumar has just published the BizTalk Blog Docs site on BizTalk 24/7. This is a really cool looking new resource which aggregated some of the popular blog articles and presents them in a structured format which is similar to the MSDN Library http://blogdoc.biztalk247.c... My profile on BizTalk Blog Docs is: http://blogdoc.biztalk247.c... ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 7, 2009 11:01 PM | Comments (0) |

Message Archiving Pipeline Component and Windows Azure
By Michael Stephenson I've been wanting to play around with some of the Windows Azure features for a while and following Steve Marx presentation at the MVP Summit and the release of the Windows Azure SDK (March CTP) I decided to give it a go. In a previous post I had discussed how in the future versions of BizTalk I think they should begin to look at how BizTalk should look to take advantage of some of the newer technologies within the product itself. One of my suggestions was around taking advantage ......

Posted On Thursday, April 2, 2009 1:10 AM | Comments (0) |

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