Michael Stephenson

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July 2012 Entries

BizTalk Anti Pattern – 5 minutes on the lips a lifetime on the hips
Name: 5 minutes on the lips a lifetime on the hips Description: I wish I had a pound for every time a work around is implemented in a BizTalk solution to make up for some issue with an application your trying to integrate with. This is often referred to as technical or architectural debt. One of the good things about BizTalk is that as an integration platform it has a number of way that this "dirty" side to integration can still be managed effectively but one of the problems customers often have ......

Posted On Thursday, July 26, 2012 5:52 PM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ BizTalk ]

Developing BizTalk Maps with Specflow & BDD
Following on from the BDD articles I will cover how we have been using BDD development techniques to develop BizTalk maps. A BizTalk map is a discreet component in BizTalk which is ideally suited to development based on desired behaviours from the component. It fits well with our practices. If you imagine we are at a point where we have worked with our Business Analyst to work out the data formats required for various systems then we are in a position to work with them to begin understanding how ......

Posted On Friday, July 13, 2012 11:25 AM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ BizTalk ]

BDD section on BizTalk Technet Wiki

Ive just added a new section to the BizTalk area of the technet wiki containing all of the various content about BDD and BizTalk

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/12322.behaviour-driven-development-with-biztalk.aspx

 

 

Posted On Friday, July 13, 2012 8:55 AM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ BizTalk ]

Developing BizTalk Rules the BDD way
Recently we have been looking at changing the way we develop and test BizTalk Business Rules to use a BDD approach and our tool of choice to help with this is Specflow. I wanted to talk through how we do this and also why I think its useful. I feel Business Rules are an excellent candidate for the BDD style approach to development that Specflow encourages. It also promotes a TDD style where you can work with your BA to nicely document your rule requirements as you test and implement them. Some of ......

Posted On Friday, July 13, 2012 7:41 AM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ BizTalk ]

Whitepaper about a project involving BizTalk & Lagan
Just completed a whitepaper about a case study involving the integration of Lagan CRM and BizTalk

http://connectedsystemsconsulting.sharepoint.com/Pages/CaseStudies.aspx

Posted On Sunday, July 8, 2012 7:18 AM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ BizTalk ]

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