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As all architects and developers know, the tenets of service-oriented architecture call for breaking large monolithic processes into more granular, purpose-specific blocks of functionality that solve specific needs, and exposing those as services. This is not really new thinking. Languages have long supported the notion of breaking logic into discrete units. If applied properly, this approach will yield a series of services that can potentially be aggregated in different ways to provide different solutions. In short, this building-the-building-blocks approach is a cornerstone of reuse. In contemporary development trends, these chunks of functionality are increasingly exposed as Web services. From a process-engineering standpoint, it makes sense to apply the same approach to the business processes themselves, and for the same reasons. If you decompose a large monol... (more)

Tech·Ed 2005: What's New from Microsoft's Business Process and Integration Division?

The Business Process and Integration Division was out in full force at Tech·Ed this year, unveiling several new product releases.  What’s new for BizTalk 2006, Commerce Server 2006, and Host Integration Server 2006? We will take a high level look at what some of these changes are, and you can look for further coverage in future editions of the .NET Developer’s Journal. BizTalk Server 2006The “buzz” around BizTalk Server was significant, and it was prominently featured around the convention center as well as in the conference keynotes. Tech·Ed attendees wer... (more)

Orchestrating Web Services

By the time you read this, BizTalk Server 2004, the third version of BizTalk, will have been released. As you can see by the articles in this special issue of .NET Developer's Journal, this is a very important product release, and it is poised to have a profound impact on how developers create enterprise applications. At the same time, 2004 is "The Year of Web Services" - again. Unlike the past couple of "Years of Web Services," this time it's for real. Most of the required standards have been released or at least defined, all the infrastructure pieces are falling into place, an... (more)

Introduction to BizTalk Server 2004 and Web Services

BizTalk Server 2004, the latest and third version of BizTalk, is an exciting tool that all .NET application developers should know about. BizTalk fills two key business needs: enterprise application integration business process automation. The powerful messaging platform allows for easy integration between applications, and also between enterprises. The business process automation engine, based on the new BPEL XML specification, allows for automation of even the most complex business processes. Throw in InfoPath 2003 for a user interface into BizTalk, tight integration with Visual ... (more)

A Star Is Born

There comes a point in every viable product's life cycle when the stage is set for its debut. The design meetings are memories, the documentation's complete, construction is over, the beta is done, the product's been stabilized, and it's time to push it out into the world. That time has come for BizTalk Server 2004. I've been in this space a long time. I vaguely remember the initial references back in 1999 to a new product called BizTalk, and a conversation with a co-worker where I said "This is hot; I'm going to watch this one." I got actively involved in the days of the BizTal... (more)