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Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk Blog 100% Pure BizTalk April 2005 Entries
TechEd 2005 Instructor Led Labs
Congratulations to everyone who is going to attend TechEd 2005 in Orlando, FL – since it is now sold out. I just wanted to point out a few exciting instructor led labs that I will be leading. If you like my blog content, chances are you will like these labs. These labs will give you a chance to walk through step-by-step the topics listed below. I will also be available to answer questions. Using InfoPath SP1 and SharePoint 2003 to Design an Effective Tracking System for BizTalk Server 2004 ......

Posted On Thursday, April 28, 2005 2:44 AM

Orchestration Mapping and Message Context in BizTalk 2004
Message context is a critical part of message routing and processing inside BizTalk Server 2004. How this context is handled during mapping is different depending on the location of the mapping. The context is copied differently using Receive Port mapping verses Orchestration mapping. Why should you care? If you are using Direct Message Box Binding to route message out of an Orchestration you might not have the correct context propertied to route your message. This only impacts messages that needed ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 26, 2005 4:21 AM

Convoy Deep Dive White Paper Now on MSDN
The Convoy Deep Dive white paper and sample code is now available on MSDN. You can read the paper on-line and download the sample code here. For anyone who read the “beta” version of the paper, Scenario 2 went through a minor change. I now use an atomic scope to build the output message rather then a simple string concatenation. This eliminates messages collecting inside the message box in the “Delivered, not consumed” status. It seems that the status of a message is not updated ......

Posted On Saturday, April 23, 2005 3:40 AM

5 New BizTalk White Papers Including Convoy Deep Dive
Microsoft has released 5 new White Papers today in a “Beta” mode. Full details on all 5 are available here. They include the following: - BizTalk Server 2004 Web Services (Brian Loesgen) - BizTalk Server Internal Workings (Internal) - SQL Adapter Deep Dive (Todd Uhl) - Convoy Deep Dive (Stephen W. Thomas) - Extending BizTalk Server with Host Integration Server (Jon Fancy) They all look like great reading. I’m rather fond of the Convoy Deep Dive paper myself. As always, feedback ......

Posted On Monday, April 4, 2005 11:39 PM

Additional Flat File Schema Properties Now Accessible in SP1
In addition to all the other cool stuff available in BizTalk Server 2004 Service Pack 1 is the addition of the Additional Flat File Schema Properties to the schema properties window when working with Flat Files. Now, properties like Allow Early Termination, Generate Empty Nodes, Lookahead Depth, Parse Optimization, and Suppress Empty Nodes can be set inside Visual Studios. This will eliminate the tedious and error prone manual editing of the schema using notepad. Error prone? Yep, I messed this one ......

Posted On Friday, April 1, 2005 7:34 AM

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