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May 2015

Integration Session from BizTalk Summit

By |2015-05-13T19:55:29+00:00May 13th, 2015|API, API App, Azure, Azure App Service, BizTalk, Logic App, Service Bus|

The video from the session I did with Oliver Davy at the London BizTalk Summit is now available online.  In this video we talked about why integration is important to the university of northumbria and how we saw the evolution of their integration platform. Finally we showed a demo from a reference architecture which used Minecraft to model and act out some business processes which flexed the integration platform which was implemented with Azure and BizTalk. See it here

March 2015

Log4net & Azure Service Bus Event Hubs

By |2015-03-09T00:24:53+00:00March 9th, 2015|Azure, Service Bus|

A year or more ago on my old blog I wrote an article about how I think we could use logging information in hybrid integration scenarios to bring together this holistic view of whats happening across the stack.  The old link was: More recently Ive spent some time playing around with Azure Service Bus Event Hubs and exploring the idea of instrumenting my applications and integration components with log4net where it is configured to send logging information to Azure Service Bus Event Hubs.  The aim was to implement the scenario described on the article above and now Event Hubs [...]

London BizTalk Summit- An Integration Platform to Support Vision 2025

By |2015-03-05T09:06:22+00:00March 5th, 2015|Azure, BizTalk, Service Bus|

Hi All, Just wanted to share some thinking for my session at the London BizTalk Summit in April.  My session will be the details below  Title An Integration Platform to Support Vision 2025   Abstract Northumbria University is at an exciting point on its journey to become a new kind of excellent university at a time when the higher education sector itself is undergoing significant change. The University’s “Vision 2025” and underpinning corporate strategy describe how the University will respond to a changing sector and exploit emerging opportunities (including technologies) to help shape the future direction of higher education and [...]

Azure Event Hubs vs Azure Messaging

By |2015-03-03T00:25:00+00:00March 3rd, 2015|Azure, Service Bus|

Recently Ive been chatting with a few people about Azure Service Bus and it's clear that in the community there is some confusion about the differences between Azure Service Bus Messaging (queues and topics) and Azure Service Bus Event Hubs and where you should use each.  I thought i'd share my thoughts around this. What is Azure Service Bus Event Hubs Azure Service Bus Event Hubs is a relatively new feature within the Azure Service Bus and is intended to help with the challenge of handling an event based messaging at huge scale.  The idea is that if you have [...]

February 2015

Azure Service Bus Relay Authorization Tokens with WebHttp

By |2015-02-07T11:22:08+00:00February 7th, 2015|Azure, Service Bus|

Recently when I did the Minecraft + Azure blog post sample I'd been chatting with Josh Twist and Santosh Chandwani around some of the security stuff for Service Bus Relay and I learned a couple of things I wasnt already aware of and couldnt remember seeing in documentation or blog posts so I thought it was worth sharing.  Ages ago I had done a couple of blog posts about flowing additional tokens through relay on my old blog so lets firstly call out to them as they are similar if your interested in this topic: Combining Shared Secret & Username [...]

Azure API Management + Azure Service Bus + Minecraft

By |2015-02-05T01:56:12+00:00February 5th, 2015|API, Azure, Service Bus, Uncategorized|

Ok three things I bet you never thought you would hear together, Azure API Management, Azure Service Bus and Minecraft. Ill give you a minute to get over the WTF which im sure is going through your head about now but let's see how we can use Microsoft Azure to do some cool stuff in Minecraft. I know a little bit about Minecraft but compared to AJ (my 9 year old son who is an expert) I know very little. Our conversations seem to revolve around hytale vs minecraft and which is better, but in reality, I don't know much [...]

December 2014

Azure Service Bus Authorization Setup

By |2019-04-08T09:36:35+00:00December 27th, 2014|Azure, Service Bus|

Recently I had a discussion with Sam Vanhoutte at the Belgium Usergroup about an article he wrote about configuring permissions for Service Bus Relays.  Sam was spot on that many projects do not implement tight security around Service Bus because configuring detailed permissions is not as easy as we would like.  This made me think back to some stuff I did about configuring Service Bus permissions.  The tooling for Service Bus around the Azure portal and Service Bus Explorer is pretty good but there are a couple of cases which I would like to automate which I needed to build [...]

Azure Service Bus & Larger Messages

By |2014-12-27T01:39:35+00:00December 23rd, 2014|Azure, Service Bus|

I have been meaning to get around to this article for a long time. In the community I have read some articles which demonstrate sending a larger message through Azure Service Bus by using a session with the message. This is helpful but I always felt there was a bit of a gap in the wider architecture discussion around these approaches. There are a few different ways you can handle larger messages with Azure Service Bus and each has their own considerations and its important to be aware of these factors before choosing which approach you take rather than just [...]

Whats in your integration platform?

By |2014-12-09T14:58:01+00:00December 9th, 2014|API, Azure, BizTalk, Service Bus, Uncategorized|

I really enjoyed Kent Weare's presentation at Integrate this week which will be about some thoughts on helping companies with the decision around choosing the right technologies to make up their integration platform.  To accompany the talk there is a whitepaper which Steef-Jan Wiggers and I were asked by Kent to help him produce. Anyway on the back of that I was thinking a little about some of the different combinations of technologies Ive seen used to implement an integration platform over the years and thought id make a note of them below.  Would be interesting to hear what other people have [...]

November 2014

Part 4 – API Gateway in the Cloud

By |2014-11-17T19:55:09+00:00November 17th, 2014|API, Azure, Service Bus|

As I mentioned earlier in the series of articles there were a couple of projects where we implemented the API Gateway pattern which I wanted to discuss. The 2nd project was a one where we also used Azure Service Bus and that introduced what I thought were some interesting new things. As mentioned in Martin Fowlers Microservices articles some people will often use a messaging capability along with their services and I wanted to discuss how we evolved the architecture here. In this project we were working with 3 other businesses within the global group of companies. One of the [...]

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