Presenting at TechFuse 2015

I’m proud to announce that I’ve been selected as a speaker at TechFuse 2015!  The conference takes place at the Minneapolis Convention Center on April 21, 2015. I’ll be presenting “Getting Started with Microsoft Azure API Management”  in the Development track.  As usual, presentation slides and sample code will be available on this site sometime after the conference. If you’ve got a day to take in some awesome tech content, come by and check it out!  More info is available here:

Biztalk NoS

BizTalk MVP, Nino Crudele developed a great tool for developing and testing BizTalk components, BizTalk NoS.

Features include

  • Quick search inside artifacts
  • Fast register/unregister in the GAC
  • Find critical internal or external dependencies
  • Jackhammering:  compare your Visual Studio artifacts with those deployed in the BizTalk environment
  • Extract artifacts from a BizTalk environment and put it in a Visual Studio solution
  • Test your pipeline in Visual Studio

It’s one of those things where you say, “Why didn’t someone think of this sooner?”

Finally someone did. It’s awesome and you need it. Like now. Go get it. Right now:

And also follow Nino’s blog here.

Working with JSON in BizTalk Server 2013 R2

Great article on using JSON in BTS 2013 R2. A good primer for anyone exploring this capability.

One of the few new features in BizTalk Server 2013 R2 is the introduction of a set of JSON Pipeline Components (encoding/decoding) together with a JSON Schema Wizard for both consuming and sending messages in the JSON format.
JSON is mostly considered a format paired together with the Rest “Adapter” introduced in BizTalk Server 2013 (WCF-WebHttp); however, the Pipeline Components will work with any Adapters that are able to consume and submit JSON, and this blog will look into the very basic of the Components and the Wizard, focusing only on JSON and BizTalk and not REST.

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