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Connected Systems User Group Meeting tomorrow

Just wanted to pass out a reminder about tomorrow nights user group meeting with Udi Dahan

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Posted On Tuesday, May 25, 2010 5:20 PM

Multi-Part Map Troubleshooting
Scenario I came across a nice little one with multi-part maps the other day. I had an orchestration where I needed to combine 4 input messages into one output message like in the below table: Input Messages Output Messages Company Details Member Details Event Message Member Search Member Import I thought my orchestration was working fine but for some reason when I was trying to send my message it had no content under the root node like below <ns0:ImportMemberChange xmlns:ns0="http://---------... ......

Posted On Saturday, May 22, 2010 3:53 AM

Versioning and Continuous Integration with project settings files
I came across something which was a bit of a pain in the bottom the other week. Our scenario was that we had implemented a helper style assembly which had some custom configuration implemented through the project settings. I'm sure most of you are familiar with this where you end up with a settings file which is viewable through the C# project file and you can configure some basic settings. The settings are embedded in the assembly during compilation to be part of a DefaultValue attribute. You have ......

Posted On Saturday, May 22, 2010 3:49 AM

Testing Reference Data Mappings
Background Mapping reference data is one of the common scenarios in BizTalk development and its usually a bit of a pain when you need to manage a lot of reference data whether it be through the BizTalk Cross Referencing features or some kind of custom solution. I have seen many cases where only a couple of the mapping conditions are ever tested. Approach As usual I like to see these things tested in isolation before you start using them in your BizTalk maps so you know your mapping functions are ......

Posted On Saturday, May 22, 2010 3:46 AM

Using NServiceBus behind a custom web service
In this post I'd like to talk about an architecture scenario we had recently and how we were able to utilise NServiceBus to help us address this problem. Scenario Cognos is a reporting system used by one of my clients. A while back we developed a web service façade to allow line of business applications to be able to access reports from Cognos to support their various functions. The service was intended to provide access to reports which were quick running reports or pre-generated reports which could ......

Posted On Thursday, May 20, 2010 6:09 PM

Humerous Word 2010 "feature"?
Im just sitting on the train to work and had a funny experience with word 2010 that I thought id share. Im writing a document and all of a sudden like usually happens the train gets a little bit bumpy. Word decides it doesnt like this (maybe it prefers to fly?). Anyway to show its dissatisfaction with the journey it starts adding new rows to my table in the document all by itself. 5 pages of rows later I still cant workout how to stop itso have to kill word. Thank you autosave ......

Posted On Sunday, May 9, 2010 4:27 PM

NServiceBus Generic Host and mqsvc.exe high CPU
UPDATE Just to provide an update on this Udi Dahan advised me that: This has now been fixed on the 2.0 branch and on the trunk and a fatal-level log entry is now written and the process then exits after a couple of seconds. We have been doing some work with NServiceBus recently and observed some unusual behaviour which was caused by our mistake and seemed worthy of a small post. The Scenario In our solution we were doing some standard NServiceBus stuff by pushing a message to a queue using NServiceBus. ......

Posted On Friday, May 7, 2010 5:01 PM

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