Things hard and not so hard.... RSS 2.0
# Monday, March 23, 2009

As you sink your teeth into the depths of BizTalk 2006 R2/2009 and realise the potential of integrating with the WCF Custom Adapter, a new world opens up.

Then…

Then at one point down the track you’ll want to tweak or customise what is being sent/received. For e.g. changing the shape of the XML transferred over a HTTP transports – maybe compression, maybe minus the explicit XML notation (i.e. takes 5KB to send over 30 chars)

So you’ll then move onto something called a WCF Custom Behaviour.

Two great whitepapers are

Part 1- http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc952299.aspx
Part 2- http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd379134.aspx

Monday, March 23, 2009 10:12:03 AM (AUS Eastern Daylight Time, UTC+11:00)  #    Comments [0] -
BizTalk | 2009 | WinWF
# Friday, March 20, 2009

At Remix09 there’s been news at the station.

Silverlight v3.0 is hitting the scene…I wonder whether the Adobe Flash support made it in… will dig through the details.

http://silverlight.net/getstarted/silverlight3/default.aspx#whatsnew

Friday, March 20, 2009 5:35:50 PM (AUS Eastern Daylight Time, UTC+11:00)  #    Comments [0] -
General | Silverlight
# Thursday, March 12, 2009

You want to know the ins and outs of WCF at a glance – then the mini-book is a winner.
(Just let this puppy fall out of your back pocket in the office and watch the guys instantly want to Sync up their Complete Series of Star Trek with you…)

Seriously – great guide, easy to flick through and welcome to another 8 million lines of code you thought you could live without :)

Thanks to the efforts of Cliff Simpkins and his team for their dedication on this.

6 Chapters + Code….are you man enough?

http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/Project/Download/FileDownload.aspx?ProjectName=netfxsamples&DownloadId=4962

WCF Channel Stack

Thursday, March 12, 2009 9:25:56 PM (AUS Eastern Daylight Time, UTC+11:00)  #    Comments [0] -
.NET Developer | BizTalk | Tips | WinWF
# Wednesday, March 11, 2009

If you're in the Melb area - we've got a great offer coming your way

We want to show your technical teams how to get the most out of your existing SharePoint (WSS or MOSS) implementations.


4 Days - Open to Microsoft Partners and Customers
This is an Official Microsoft Event.

Check out all the details here - https://www.microsoft.com.au/events/register/home.aspx?levent=344938&linvitation

Now is your chance to take advantage of these times and make the technology at your finger tips work for you!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 10:17:42 PM (AUS Eastern Daylight Time, UTC+11:00)  #    Comments [0] -
MOSS | Training

Hi guys thanks for the turnout tonight :-)

Here's the link to download the presso

https://www311.livemeeting.com/cc/mvp/view?cn=&id=HK55JF-1&pw=

I should have allowed all access :)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 9:19:27 PM (AUS Eastern Daylight Time, UTC+11:00)  #    Comments [0] -
Usergroup | Events | Training
# Monday, March 09, 2009

For me there always comes a time when installing BTS 09 or Clients to work on SQL 2008, that I need all the client 'bits' to talk to SQL2008

Also - the classic problem to solve when installing BizTalk 2009 using SQL 2008, "Where do I get Notification Services From???"

Look no further - here's a SQL SP3 goldmine :)

SQL GoldMine!!
Enjoy

Monday, March 09, 2009 7:31:16 AM (AUS Eastern Daylight Time, UTC+11:00)  #    Comments [0] -
BizTalk | 2009
# Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Hi folks – if you want to check out some of the BTS 09 Documentation to help prepare you for when it hits shortly,
check it out here:

BTS09
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=38923F29-167F-497D-80A5-899602FEF8D7&displaylang=en

Tuesday, March 03, 2009 6:30:42 AM (AUS Eastern Daylight Time, UTC+11:00)  #    Comments [0] -
2009
# Sunday, March 01, 2009

Woke up now yesterday morning Sydney time (GMT+10hrs) feeling great, sunny day the beach was just glassy and really blue. What a day I thought…all perfect. :)

Upon checking into Sydney Airport for the flight, the check-in lady mentioned extra forms and electronic visa waivers that needed to be done (nothing that 5 mins online didn’t fix – but I still had to fill out all usual visa paperwork as per normal – so I’m questioning the value of my electronic visa waiver)

Before long I had met up with the usual suspects of Guy Riddel, Adam Cogan and new kid on the block Alessandro (from Brazil – Hyper-V MVP) at the boarding gate. Adam – just made it as he was late (I can’t print the *reason* why he was late – but let’s just say it was a unique situation); Guy pulled out the ‘I’m going Business boys’ see you at the other end after a sleep, massage and personal chef……

We were getting ready to go when the plane needed some battery replaced and the recharger – few of use had AA batteries and could find a charger from somewhere…but 1.5hrs later the real guys had done the real thing.

We’re off!

14hrs later we touch down into San Franciso (beautiful place) and Adam didn’t clear customs as ‘gracefully’ as the rest of us, but none the less he made it.

We picked up our baggage, dropped it off for the domestic flight and proceeded to the Alaskian domestic gate – Adam didn’t pass security as he was carrying 3 bottles of water and a Qantas wine bottle. After drinking the 3 bottles in front of the security official they let him carry on the wine (Adam liked the bottle)

So far all good…

We were about to board the 12.30pm Alaska Air flight straight to Seattle – 90 mins away from finish, a rest, shower and a bit of time to walk about Seattle.

The flight had a “Maintenance problem” which they were “fixing”…2 hrs later still nothing.

I made an executive decision to try and get to Seattle either a) road trip, hire a van and we all hop in; b) cycle; c) catch another flight…we took c) – a flight to Portland (I later found out there’s 2 Portland’s in the States!!! One is about an 18hr round trip flight – we got the other)

Portland we were headed – it was a rush and we just squeezed in the door with something that resembled a boarding pass (some of us had one, Adam had none and I had a boarding pass for the 2nd half of the flight Portland –> Seattle at a much later time) – we sorted all that out at Portland.

Finally landed in Seattle after taking another plane with propellers (like the planes that go Syd<->Canberra) and Adam was moaning at me as he’s scared of flying and I was forcing him into another take-off and landing.

Meanwhile our original plane in San Fran was still on the tarmac doing not much at all.

We finally arrived in Seattle at around 5pm – mission accomplished…

…or so we thought…

Our luggage was sitting there getting dizzy – so now the big question is – Where is it?

It’s now 11pm and no sign, don’t think she’s coming tonight and you may see me in shirts that say “I love Seattle” or “Save the Super Sonics”… you’ll know why :)

I just caught up with some of the BizTalk MVP Crew and it was great to see familiar faces after a while.

My brain is fried and I’ve decided to hit the hay.

It’s good night from Me.

Sunday, March 01, 2009 6:01:00 PM (AUS Eastern Daylight Time, UTC+11:00)  #    Comments [0] -
MVPSummit09 | General
# Thursday, February 26, 2009

Hi - today I came across a handy Matrix that describes the supported versions for the Biztalk Adapter Pack v2.0

Handy reference I reckon :)

---snip---

Compatibility Matrix Between 32 and 64-bit Versions of the Adapter, BizTalk Server, and Operating System

The following table presents a compatibility matrix between the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the operating system, adapter, and .

Oracle Database Adapter + BizTalk Server

SAP Adapter + BizTalk Server

Siebel Adapter + BizTalk Server

Oracle E-Business Adapter + BizTalk Server

SQL Adapter + BizTalk Server

Operating System

32-bit

64-bit

32-bit

64-bit

Yes

N/A

Yes

Yes

32-bit

64-bit

Yes

N/A

Yes

Yes

32-bit

64-bit

Yes

No

Yes

No

32-bit

64-bit

Yes

N/A

Yes

Yes

32-bit

64-bit

Yes

N/A

Yes

Yes

Legend

·         Yes = Supported.

·         No = Not supported.

·         N/A = Not Applicable.

Thursday, February 26, 2009 2:52:58 PM (AUS Eastern Daylight Time, UTC+11:00)  #    Comments [0] -
BizTalk | BizTalk Adapter Pack
# Monday, February 23, 2009

Hopefully you've been keeping an eye on this in recent times.

This is a Set of Adapters that MS have built on top of the WCF LOB Adapter SDK (a platform neutral .NET based Adapter framework).

 

This allows the Adapters to run within the .NET stack almost anywhere - Console apps, Custom WebServices, BizTalk, SSIS, SharePoint etc.

(Build once - run everywhere :-)

 

The public beta is available as a 120-day d/l from MS Connect.

 

What to expect with the Adapter Pack

(in addition to a free migration tool to go from the old adapters to the new - e.g. SQL)

Oracle EBS

· 64 bit support

· Synonyms

· Added performance counters

· Notification support


OracleDB

· 64 bit support

· Synonyms

· UDTs

· Notifications

· Polling stored procedures

· Performance counters


SQL Adapter
· 64 bit support and improved SQL

Adapter SDK

· Display complex binding properties 

· Display metadata wsdl in web control


SAP data provider

· Support for more operators in Sap Queries

· SAP SSRS support in VS2008


Samples

· New Samples for SQL and Oracle eBiz Adapters

· Repackaged samples for BAP 1.0

Monday, February 23, 2009 1:40:57 PM (AUS Eastern Daylight Time, UTC+11:00)  #    Comments [0] -
BizTalk | 2009 | Insights | Training
# Saturday, February 21, 2009


What a week it has been folks - I left Sydney in 30C degrees with sun, sand and beaches.....I thought "How cold can it be?" (you never really get that appreciation till you hit the ground)

Cold....very cold!!! Now I've been skiing many times, but this was just something else.

It caused Beijing to be blanketed in snow and very beautiful - What a fantastic place!!! Definitely a come back place - just nothing like what I expected.

The people so friendly, helpful and always with purpose in their eyes. The food is some of the freshest I've eaten and such healthy diets (steamed cabbage, mushrooms etc etc) - nothing like the 'Western Chinese Resturants' back home :)

On to the reason why I was there - Training

I had approx 50 students coming to hear my Chinese English (which I must say is much better than me listening to them speaking Mandarin) and we covered in-depth BizTalk 2009 agenda

We covered some great material looking into Governance and ESB 2.0 due to hit around the same time as BTS2009 (June-ish I believe, earlier I'm told)

BizTalk 2009 Mick Badran Classroom Training 
We actually communicated quite well - I played many games and brought over a bunch of Aussie gifts for them (which consequently we found out were made in China!)

The usual areas of BizTalk were little used previous by students - SSO, Rule and BAM. For so little effort there's so much mileage in these guys.

Training Results
For the training the average mark I received was 8.5/10 across nearly 50 students, which for my first time in China I was very happy with. The most important thing for me though is not the marks, but what the students walk away having learnt!

Not all work Play Time
As luck would have it I had an extra day to play on my trip this time - so in negative degree temps I went to the Center of Beijing and put on my tourist hat and went to the Forbidden City (& surrounds).

Entering a new world

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Lastly I learnt many things from my students this week with

1. KFC is a 'top class' resturant in Beijing
2. Starbucks is a 'romantic' place (where couples go for dates)

If we were on Mythbusters right now....... compared to Sydney - these are Busted!

Saturday, February 21, 2009 12:02:41 AM (AUS Eastern Daylight Time, UTC+11:00)  #    Comments [0] -
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