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BizTalk Server: Demystifying the Test Map operation in Visual Studio

Great article on map testing!

Sandro Pereira BizTalk Blog

In the past I wrote a series of post on Basics principles of Maps where I stated that testing should be a continuous process as you build your map, not only at the end of development, but when necessary or when an important mapping block is complete.

And the good thing is that this feature is available to developers in an easy manner and directly from our favorite development tool – Visual Studio – without the need to build and deploy the maps or even create and configure ports and test them in runtime.

Note that Visual Studio allows you also to Validate and Debug maps at design time.

For this we need to:

  • Open the Solution Explorer windows
  • And execute the test by right-clicking the map name and selecting “Test Map” option
  • Verify the results in the Output window.

By default an instance of the input schema is generated…

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Window Azure BizTalk Services: How to Get Started and When to Use It

Richard Seroter's Architecture Musings

The “integration as a service” space continues to heat up, and Microsoft officially entered the market with the General Availability of Windows Azure BizTalk Services (WABS) a few weeks ago.  I recently wrote up an InfoQ article that summarized the product and what it offered. I also figured that I should actually walk through the new installation and deployment process to see what’s changed. Finally, I’ll do a brief assessment of where I’d consider using this vs. the other cloud-based integration tools.

Installation

Why am I installing something if this is a cloud service? Well, the development of integration apps still occurs on premises, so I need an SDK for the necessary bits. Grab the Windows Azure BizTalk Services SDK Setup and kick off the process. I noticed what seems to be a much cleaner installation wizard.

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After choosing the components that I wanted to install (including the runtime, developer…

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