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Matt Gilbert An attempt at techy stuff December 2008 Entries
BizTalk and TFS document
The Developing Integration Solutions using BizTalk Server 2006 and Team Foundation Server document was just announced. We use TFS internally but are really only amateur users at best so it'll be interesting to read the advice in this document.

Posted On Tuesday, December 16, 2008 11:09 AM

Planning for BizTalk DR
In my current company, we have a fairly good DR story with our “Global” (UK based) BizTalk platform and it’s something that is regularly tested (successfully I might add :) ). We also have a smaller BizTalk deployment in the US which follows a different model but which was also proven successful this year for the first time. More on that in a bit. The choice of DR model you adopt for BizTalk will depend on a number of factors: Criticality – how important is the information flowing through or orchestrated ......

Posted On Monday, December 15, 2008 4:01 PM

More testing help
Following on from my post last week with a set of guidelines for testing in the BizTalk world, Michael Stephenson also has a series of posts discussing some of these areas in more detail here. He has also started to look at some of the offerings with BizTalk 2009 which has new support for Unit tests out-the-box.

Posted On Monday, December 15, 2008 11:21 AM

Shortfalls in testing
We’ve been working internally to ensure we have a good story when it comes to testing our Integration solutions. We identified short-comings in our ability to confidently regression test changes and also to capacity plan and predict future growth and resource needs. Too tackle this we have been working on a testing framework for running unit tests, integration tests and load/stress tests using tools like BizUnit and LoadGen. While doing one of our bi-weekly reviews with the development team it struck ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 10, 2008 12:04 PM

BTS 2009 Beta
The beta is now available for download! You can get it here:

Posted On Tuesday, December 9, 2008 9:14 AM

Events last week
Last week I attended a couple of events. On Wednesday Microsoft held a SOA/BPM day at the offices in Reading and a number of speakers talked about SOA, the Microsoft platform now and in the future and how to deliver the SOA promise using those technologies. It was a mix of stuff I already new or had seen before and some other perspectives. Darren Jefford gave a good demo on the new wave of cloud technologies. One interesting comment relayed something Don Box had said – that we are only 15 years into ......

Posted On Thursday, December 4, 2008 9:29 AM

Confusing picture?
Mike makes an interesting observation about the future of BAM in his post here. I think the scope for confusion and blurring is going to become wider than just BAM though. Microsoft are saying that the purpose of BizTalk is as the “Integration Server” in the jigsaw, while Dublin is the Application Server. Now you can imagine developers building fine grained services hosted inside Dublin and BizTalk providing both ESB and technology/protocol Integration services as well as orchestration but what about ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 3, 2008 9:28 AM

Slides as promised
Here are the slides from the presentation I gave to the UK BizTalk User group (now the UK SOA/BPM group). I gave two sessions – firstly an overview of the work we had done at my current employer and then running through some code, configuration and live demos. The download location might change if I find a more suitable home. The initial project was part of the Integration story in rolling out a global instance of SAP. The first interfaces we put live were those between the UK Warehouse Management ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 2, 2008 10:54 AM

Step one...
Hello. I’ve often wondered why I’ve never blogged before and never really came up with a convincing reason why not. I guess it’s partly laziness and partly wondering if no-one is going to read it then what is the point. I’ve slowly come to the conclusion that I should at least blog my thoughts so that even if nobody else reads them, at least I’ve taken the time to consider more about what I am thinking and writing which can only be a good thing. I’m currently focused on Integration and have been ......

Posted On Monday, December 1, 2008 4:08 AM

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