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MsBuild Task for consuming WCF Services
Article Source: Recently at the UK SOA/BPM User Group Yossi Dahan and I chatted briefly about using MsBuild and BizTalk, more specifically Yossi mentioned that he wished it was possible to regenerate the schemas for consuming a service automatically. Following this discussion and a few other things I had a blast at seeing how difficult this would be to do. I think there is a lot of value in having this approach as it fits well with a contract based development ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 29, 2008 1:16 AM

Custom Persistence Points
Article Source: A few weeks back I got a comment to one of my blog posts by a guy who said he wished he had more control over persistence points in an orchestration. In his example he basically wanted to reduce the number of persistence points as he needed to improve performance in what sounded like a request response scenario. Often in these kinds of scenarios if BizTalk has been well optimised and you still do not get the latency requirements you need ......

Posted On Saturday, July 26, 2008 11:55 PM

Refactoring Tales: Long running splitter pattern
Article Source: I have often come across situations where I have been asked to look at a process (usually in BizTalk) where it isn’t quite running as the customer would like. I have decided to start a series of posts which I will call refactoring tales. These posts will discuss a the process implementation and the problems encountered along with it. I will then discuss the approach taken to improve things and what the benefits were. Background This particular ......

Posted On Friday, July 25, 2008 10:36 PM

Detecting BizTalk Event with BizUnit
I came across an annoying one the other day, I havent had time to look into it in more detail, but here are some notes about it. In some of the tests we do with BizUnit we sometimes check the event log to see that certain messages have occured. I came across an example I havent noticed before the other day. In my test I do a bunch of stuff then I wait until a custom event with a specific Event Id is logged to the event log. I use the BizUnit event log check step and it finds my event fine. Later ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 23, 2008 5:48 PM

Upgrading to BizTalk 2006 R2 Experience
On one of the projects im associated with we have recently upgraded from BizTalk 2006 to BizTalk 2006 R2 for our next release. In doing this we needed to upgrade our development environment and a number of testing environments. Fortunately the testing envronments are not managed by our team so we didnt need to have too much involvement in this other than providing guidance and support. In the development environment we needed to upgrade a number of developer machines and also some build servers. ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 16, 2008 10:48 PM

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