Load XmlSchema's from BizTalk assembly
That BizTalk compiles your XmlSchema’s into an assembly is great, but wouldn’t it be greater if you could reuse those schema’s in your code? No more hassle of different versions of your schema and your schema’s always at your fingertips because they are in the GAC. Well…it took me a while to figure that it’s actually really simple to do. To load a schema from an external assembly just instantiate the class which describes your schema.
BizTalk Server 2006 CTM Released
As per monday October 7th Microsoft released BizTalk Server 2006 CTM. This release is only available for users with a MSDN or TechNet account. The CTM release of BizTalk Server 2006 is fully compatible with Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005. I just can smell the RTM version coming very soon.
Access message properties inside custom pipeline component
Just recently I was looking for some default message properties and how to read and write them inside a custom pipeline component. While searching I stumbled over a great post listing all the default message properties and how to read them. If you want to access the properties in your custom pipeline component, you have to get the IBaseMessageContext object from the IBaseContext and use the Read method to get a value or the Write method to substitute a value with your own.
BizTalk's sexy new XSLT mapper
I’ve just watched a clip from Channel9 featuring Eddie Churchill. In the video he demonstrates a prototype of the future BizTalk mapper. The new mapper will contain some very impressive features as I must say. Some of them make the life of the mapper a lot easier, especially when dealing with large maps. Some of the features which are shown in the video are: Different drawing densities for lines which are in view and which aren’t.
Workflow designer will substitute orchestration designer in BizTalk vNext
I heard it from collegues who went to the PDC a couple of weeks ago. But I heard it myself at the BPI & Workflow conference earlier this october. The new workflow designer that Workflow Foundation features will substitute the good ol’ orchestration designer in BizTalk vNext. This means that in the near future BizTalk Server and Workflow Foundation will grow to each other and will make a very strong team in delivering high available and reliable business solution.
BizUnit 2.0 released
A few weeks ago Kevin Smith (UK MCS Service Line Architect) released the second version of BizUnit. BizUnit is a framework for the automation of functional and regression testing of BizTalk solutions. Just think of NUnit ;). The .MSI can be downloaded here: http://workspaces.gotdotnet.com/bizunit It has a number of enhancements over the previous version that you can read about here: http://blogs.msdn.com/kevinsmi/archive/2005/07/17/439728.aspx. BizUnit can be used in conjunction with Jason Births ‘Orchestration Profiler’ to ensure that a solution has an adequate level of test coverage allowing it to be deployed with confidence.
BizTalk 2006 Beta 1
I don’t believe any of you guys missed this, but about two months ago Microsoft released the first Beta of BizTalk Server 2006. Boy what a lot improvements are in the package. Here a short list of new or altered features: Much easier installation (next, next, finish) Single mmc for all your administration needs Easy creation of deployment packages (MSI generation) Single-touch developer deployment In order message processing Subscribe to and handle suspended messages Browse button for file locations (yeah, it still wasn’t there!
Joining the overloaded web-log community
Today I joined the web-log community and will, as many others, post my personal opinions and findings on various subjects, but specificly BizTalk Server. I’m an Avanade consultant working in the Netherlands and specialized in business process integration using BizTalk Server. This means a lot of information on this blog will be about BizTalk. Aside from that I’ll also keep you updated on some of my hobby’s like Windows Media Center, XBOX360 and whatever else comes to mind.