January 2015

Integration Monday Launch Review

By |2015-01-24T22:58:07+00:00January 24th, 2015|Azure, BizTalk|

Its been a hectic week and I have just gotten around to thinking about how well the first Integration Monday went last monday night.  In mid-late 2014 we had started running the UK Connected Systems User Group events online because we found that it was proving difficult to find a venue where we could regularly get enough people to make it worth while.  It was also challenging to arrange speakers.  Moving online opened up some new opportunities so we [...]

Evolving Microsoft Integration

By |2015-01-18T01:38:02+00:00January 18th, 2015|Azure, BizTalk|

I have been working on a presentation this week and it got me thinking about how the technologies we use as integration architects working with the Microsoft platform has changed over the last few years.  I wanted to share my thoughts just to see what people think and how their experiences compare. I have included a technology if: It is a technology I have used in an integration solution It is a technology I have had to talk [...]

BizTalk & IOC With Autofac

By |2015-01-15T00:27:32+00:00January 15th, 2015|BizTalk|

A few weeks ago I wrote an article about using IoC with BizTalk and Castle Windsor.  A few of the guys who I trust know their stuff really well told me that they were using Autofac which is another of the many IoC frameworks out there and recommended that it was pretty cool. I wanted to learn a little more about it and to see if it would work with my original sample. In short the simple answer [...]

My 2014

By |2015-01-02T23:46:14+00:00January 2nd, 2015|BizTalk|

This year has been a roller coaster. Wow just thinking back through all of the stuff that has happened, we went from all of the troubles at the start of the year around AJ's health and the open heart surgery in April and things are still on going but have got better and much improved as the year has progressed. I guess my most stand out memory from this year was when 2 days after having open heart [...]

BizTalk Generic IoC Pipeline Component

By |2015-01-02T22:29:30+00:00January 2nd, 2015|BizTalk|

Have you ever wondered if you could dynamically change the behaviour of a pipeline in BizTalk at runtime without redeploying anything? With some constraints this is something that you can kind of do if you are looking at the IoC & Castle Windsor stuff I have been blogging about recently.  The below video walks through an example of how I did this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0FcHPGx5hI   I guess some of the things I might create extensions for could be: A [...]

Extensions for BizTalk with Castle Windsor

By |2015-01-02T22:03:54+00:00January 2nd, 2015|BizTalk|

How many times have you written a really nice reusable component for BizTalk and then after you have used it quite a lot a new requirement comes up and suddenly your nice reusable component suddenly has some completely scenario specific logic you need to implement.  It happens a lot! The challenge is how to minimize the impact on these things that are using the nice clean reusable component yet still create the logic required for the new requirement [...]

BizTalk & IOC with Castle Windsor

By |2015-01-02T21:32:30+00:00January 2nd, 2015|BizTalk|

In BizTalk development we all know that there is a reasonable amount of .net coding which goes into most solutions.  This may be in the form of custom BizTalk widgets such as custom pipeline components or helper classes to contain some logic you might call from a map, orchestration or pipeline.  .net development often uses approaches such as Inversion of Control (IOC), Dependancy Injection (DI) and Service Locator to help implement solutions.  Castle Windsor is one of the [...]