Availability: BizTalk Server 2006 Beta 1

BizTalk Server 2006 Beta 1 is available through Microsoft Beta program. There are a lot of great improvements in the areas that were painful in the previous version such as biztalk solution deployment, management. Also some new features like BAM Portal, Business alerts, Flat file import wizard, recoverable interchange processing in pipelines. So, if You are working with BizTalk and have some time to play with betas (You should have some ), then go to the https://beta.

Windows Vista on MSDN

Windows Vista (formerly Longhorn) Developer Center. So here it comes: Windows Presentation Foundation (a.k.a. Avalon) Windows Communication Foundation (a.k.a. Indigo) XML Paper Specification or XPS (a.k.a. Metro)

MSF for CMMI Process Improvement

Beta of the MSF for CMMI Process Improvement (or in another words MSF Formal, sorry MS) is available for download. Starting from the page below. So, from v4 we will have two MSF’s - Agile and Formal (ooops, sorry, Microsoft Solution Framework for Capability Maturity Model Integration Process Improvement). Quote Visual Studio Team System: MSF for CMMI Process Improvement

Common BizTalk pattern wizards

BizTalk pattern wizard is available for download here. Don’t know what patterns are? Then I’d suggest to check it out here and here. Between those wizards You will find nicelly implemented these patterns: Asynchronous aggregation pattern FIFO pattern Interupter pattern Retry pattern

Teched 2005: BizTalk - two additional blogs to monitor

Sorry for not posting any message for a long time. This TechEd is quite bussy one. But anyway, there are two blogs that should be in Your list if You’re interested in BizTalk development. So, here they are: The BizTalk Performance Blog Jon Flanders Blog The last one is interesting, because it contains Wizards for typical BizTalk patterns.

TechEd 2005: Day 3

Great news: Composite Application Block is out (CTP of course). If You think about flexible, connected UI - check this out: http://practices.gotdotnet.com/workspace.aspx?id=22f72167-af95-44ce-a6ca-f2eafbf2653c. The next thing - I was quite happy to see new BizTalk MMC features, such as added features for configuring BizTalk Server like in BizTalk Explorer. Also nice possibility to setup alerts based on BAM views with necessary thresholds and monitor system behavior. In other words the full system monitoring cycle now is available - it should be much easier to detect technical (MOM) and business (BAM) related issues, debug if necessary (HAT) and bring back BizTalk server to the correct operational state (MMC).

TechEd 2005: Second day

Ok, the sessions have started. First one was pretty nice in terms of visually explaining “fault tolerance” and “mission critical systems”. I especially liked the moment when one hammered the switch . What a nice big hammer … Later on, first architecture session about the DSL and GAT. Most important thing is that both are available for download already now (betas for the beta): http://lab.msdn.microsoft.com/teamsystem/workshop/DSLTools/default.aspx http://lab.msdn.microsoft.com/teamsystem/workshop/gat/default.aspx Later, Scott Woodgate was talking about when to use what.