Going to MCT summit 2011 in stockholm

Recently at an afterwork event at addskills i received a tip about the 2011 mct summit in Stockholm. This event is not restricted to current MCTs, anyone interested in microsoft technologies and training is welcome to attend. So i have registred for the “Train the Trainer track” (TTT) which will allow me to become an MCT (that is if I can pass the final exam) which i have been considering for years. Wish me luck! Read more »

Passed ADO.NET exam

Since I have been training others in ADO.Net technologies and it is a technology I have been working with for many years I decided try the official Microsoft exam. I studied using Transcender’s study pack for 70-561 ADO.NET Application Development and thankfully I passed on the first try. Not really sure where this exam will take me – I guess it’s part of MCPD for .Net so maybe that ought to be something I should […] Read more »

100% CPU usage in BizTalk development environment

These last few days I have been having enormous problems with my BizTalk development environment running in a windows Server 2003 Virtual PC environment. Whenever the BizTalkServerApplication host was started CPU usage would stay at 100% consistently. Stopping all my applications and even deleting them changed nothing. No running or suspended instances were visible. For some reason the sqlservr.exe process was consuming all available CPU resources. I found a couple of links that helped me […] Read more »

Reflections on three days at Tech Ed

This is my third day at Tech Ed 2008 in Barcelona, the breadth of the technologies and languages that we as .Net developers now need to at least understand and preferably master to some degree is enormous. I believe that developers will need to specialize more explicitly on certain technology areas to remain productive in the future. It has been impossible to master all of Microsoft’s products for many years now but up until a […] Read more »

BizTalk 2006 MQSC Adapter Encoding Solution

Working with Websphere MQ and the MQSC adapter is quite new for me and I have been struggling with a couple of problems which have been very difficult to find solutions to. One of our main issues has been getting the correct character encoding of outgoing messages to MQ. BizTalk would output the message with the correct encoding (using a file send port to verify) and it looked like the messages on the WebSphere MQ […] Read more »

Add intellisense for any file extension in Visual Studio 2005 or 2008

I have been messing about with some template experiments in dasBlog using Notepad++ and Visual Studio 2008. That is changing the site layout by editing homeTemplate.blogtemplate, dayTemplate.blogtemplate and itemTemplate.blogtemplate for a dasBlog Theme. These files are basically html files with dasBlog specific macros for inserting the blog functionality. Notepad++ First off I love Notepad++ as a replacement for Notepad.  I have had a hard time doing more complex things in Notepad++ due to my addiction to […] Read more »

Remove Byte Order Mark from a BizTalk 2006 outgoing messages

The BOM is a two to four byte sequence at the start of an encoded file which tells the recipient if the characters are encoded using big-endian or little-endian byte order. In BizTalk generally the byte order mark is added when a file is UTF-8 or UTF-16 encoded using an XML assembler in a send pipeline. Sometimes applications cannot handle the initial bytes and you don’t want them to be added to your message. I […] Read more »

URL Rewrite Does Not Work on Vista

While trying out a complex URL rewriting scenario in ASP.Net I ran into a pretty strange problem that resulted in a 404 error: Description: HTTP 404. The resource you are looking for (or one of its dependencies) could have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable. Please review the following URL and make sure that it is spelled correctly. Requested Url: /6.aspx/t.aspx My code is very similar to a solution that I […] Read more »

SFTP Adapter authentication for BizTalk

There is a nice little SFTP adapter for BizTalk on CodePlex http://www.codeplex.com/SftpAdapter/. I have been trying this out for a couple of days and it works quite nicely. I have been using freeSSHd as SFTP server and WinScp as a client to see that the SFTP functionality works. WinScp comes with PuttyGen for generating key pairs for authentication and there are a couple of guides on the web which offer clues as to how this […] Read more »

Is EDA the way to go?

I have been reading a lot about Event Driven Architecture (EDA) in relation to SOA recently and while the ideas are very interesting and the benefits are alluring it adds an additional complexity and uncertainty to the overall behaviour. Two good articles on EDA are http://martinfowler.com/eaaDev/EventCollaboration.html and http://eaipatterns.com/docs/EDA.pdf From my view the main problem is that when implementing a business process that spans several services (for example entity services) we do not generally want the […] Read more »