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Ive been doing a little research recently about the B2B capabilities of BizTalk. Based on the content currently available I thought it might be useful to have a B2B 101 style article with some background information and links to useful resources. so here goes! Background BizTalk is an integration and business process platform which can help you develop different kinds of solutions (BPM, EAI, ESB etc). One of the key scenarios which BizTalk allows you to develop solutions for is B2B. BizTalk can act ...
Ok this is only mildly embarrasing, but I remembered I needed to add 1 person to the database with a blog. When I did so, I thought hmm... how about THIS one? ... so that started a search, and yikes... so far today I've added 25 bloggers to the database. All these names already have entries, but they weren't previously tagged as bloggers. I don't like ALSO tagging posts as blogs because then when you search by the blog tag you find a bunch of stuff by the same person and yes I know I have a few of ...
Coming Friday, June 20th in Downers Grove, IL The Magenic Technology Summit is a full day of Magenic-provided training. We have lined up an impressive array of speakers and topics in two tracks, .NET development and Microsoft servers. And we have lined up two keynotes. Our first keynote speaker is Jay Schmelzer, who is the Group Program Manager for RAD tools. This basically means he runs the teams for all the Visual Studio designers and related RAD tools. He’s an excellent speaker and should provide ...
My wife was kind enough to make me another cake for the office this year for my birthday (May 3rd). This year I wanted to use the new logo we had created for the new version of the site we will hopefully be releasing later this month. Here is a link to last years cake. Technorati Tags: Cakes,Geekswithblogs,Birthday ...
I managed to squeak through April in dead last place on Community-Credit and picked up Extreme Office Crafts ...
Over the past 3 months, I have really been getting into playing the guitar. This was never easy for me because to get into playing the guitar, I would first have to own a guitar. I can't just go out and borrow a buddy's guitar because I don't know any Left-Handed players. So I had to drop a couple hundred dollars to see if I could play music. The Squier Stratocaster I started with a Squier Stratocaster from Musician's Friend (warehouse located in Kansas City) and began my music career :D. Jerod was ...
Neudesic, the company I work for, released version 2.0 of our .Net-based Enterprise Service Bus today. Press release follows: IRVINE, CALIF. – April 29, 2008 - Neudesic, a leading provider of business solutions that leverage the capabilities of the Microsoft product line, announced today the release of version 2.0 of Neuron-ESB. Neuron-ESB is an Enterprise Service Bus that extends the Microsoft Platform by providing real-time messaging, integration and web service management. Neuron-ESB accelerates ...
I am attempting to do something nutty that I will explain in a second... We need all the links from a link list appended to the bottom of the quick launch and a bunch of global links appended to the top of the quick launch. The global links are universal to a bunch of sites, however the bottom links are not. So we decided to add the global links to the top master page and the site specific links from the link list to a nested child master page. The global links can change if the applications are ...
I would love to hear thoughts on this. At my new place of work they have a "swear pot" and in this pot goes 20p for every overheard swear words, now I'm not talking about only the good stuff, the rule is apparently if you wouldn't say it in front of an 8 year old, then it counts. This is going to cost me a fortune, its not that I am a potty mouth, but I am of the opinion that swear words, as they are branded, are a part of the much loved English language and at times, quite simply nothing else will ...
About XPS file - I have updated the following blog posting with additional details on XPS file http://geekswithblogs.net/k... Indexing XPS documents with MOSS 2007 http://blogs.msdn.com/ifilt... XPS Viewer, printer drivers, IFilter http://www.microsoft.com/wh... Microsoft XPS Document Writer - a printer driver that allows you to do "Print to file" to save webpage as a XPS file http://msdn2.microsoft.com/... ...
Day 1: Session 1 [Arch. Track]: Introduction to Agile Software Development (By: Ahmed Sidky) Ahmed introduced himself as one that has a master about CMMI and 1st of those to get PhD in software related stuff i Egypt. He spoke in Agile Egypt event before and works in coaching teams implementing Agile. He's someone who knows what he's talking about. "Agile" means flexibility. "What would you do if the customer came to you saying he can only afford a single day of work ? Hint, based on what you provide, ...
So it turns out, we are gonna move all the servers to 1 location. Expect a new rack diagram soonish ;) I hate politics. Moving it all to 1 place is both a blessing and a curse. Naturally, its logistically easier for us. But it also means we are facing potential power and airco issues at the single location. Moving to the 1 location was a political desicion, and not made with the best of technical considerations in mind. On top of that, the big Citrix migration project, that we are depending on being ...
It is quite easy to say that the IT world is a diverse world. For instance, it is quite rare that you would find an enterprise that is built upon a single vendor’s technology stack. Instead, you most likely find that a company is made up of a patchwork of systems. Some of the systems are based upon UNIX, some Microsoft, and some others (sometimes items that are considered legacy). A company’s software and data repositories are something that grows quite organically over time. Usually you will find ...
I’m an itinerant developer armed with a laptop which means I have to deal with the issue of keeping my files synchronised with my file server. Source code is easy, it’s under version control. That leaves items such as documentation, Outlook PST files and MSDN downloads which are way too big and way too binary for version control systems. For years I've been synchronising my files with a set of Windows Briefcase folders, when they came in with Windows 95. They worked fairly reliably. I put up with ...
This week I had a couple meetings with employers on the theme of recruitment. Personally, I am a fan of training and grooming rookies in a self proclaimed IT shortage as I spoke about in a previous post. For my client, hiring a rookie is not an option (in their opinion). They have had 1 open position for 1 year; now a 2nd position has opened. The first open position has been posted numerous times in the employers format with little success. When I look at job postings, I typically see this format ...
There was a break-in at our company the other night. We had some nice products on visible display through the front door in our office's small reception area that evidently made for an easy target of a smash and grab operation. The entire caper was recorded on our internal security video system. The perpetrators (one inside taking things to the door, the other just outside receiving) broke the glass out of the front door and proceeded to carried out the items on display. At one point during the ~1 ...
Yep it's another 3 post day...My brain has too much filling inside that wants to release itself in words today. Either that or this is excess insanity due to rain and eating oreo cookie moose. So it's no surprise that I want to be an MVP some day some of you may know this fact. The question I have asked people is how do I get there? So far I have tried to pick up a couple speaking gigs at the KC Office Geeks and I spoke at MOSS Camp in St. Louis. I plan on speaking at any MOSS Camp in KC or St. Louis ...
Overview An adapter is a software component that enables you to send and receive messages to and from a line-of-business (LOB) system. The primary design goal of adapters is to facilitate the exchange of business documents between trading partners. The adapters provide the following advantages to clients: Consistent design-time experience. The adapters provide a common and user-friendly design time experience for browsing, searching, and retrieving metadata of LOB artifacts. Varied programming options. ...
When working on large systems with many interfaces and subsystems, problems often stem at those points of intersection. We have a ASP.Net UI that calls an Oracle Work Flow that calls a Web Service, and spins back until it reaches the UI. The UI was receiving an error message. So who to blame? The w/f or the w/s? Each group pointed the finger at the other. Worse yet, when we tried to set a breakpoint in our model office environment to debug the w/s, the breakpoint was not being trapped. Hmmm. We wrote ...

Well, folks...My MVP award for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server was renewed another year!  woot! 

See you all at either Summit or TechEd 2008 (dev week) !

Brian Randell just posted about the new Demo VPC being available for download. This version will expire December 31, 2008. This virtual machine is running Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition, SP2. It contains a full installation of Team Foundation Server 2008, Team Build 2008, Team Explorer 2008, Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Suite and all necessary prerequisites. In addition, it has been updated with Office 2007 SP1, current Windows Updates as of March 25, 2008, and the December Release ...
Florida has a very active developer community. The biggest problem we seem to have is that all of these different groups usually don't know about each and there hasn't been a "centralized clearinghouse" listing all of the technical communities. Joe Healy, one of our Florida Microsoft Developer Evangelists, maintains a list and earlier this year started putting together one-page flyers for each of the main areas in Florida. I think the eventual plan is that Joe will be updating his site to take advantage ...
A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to present on SharePoint at a Wine and Cheese Server 2008 Launch event. It was quite an event. The event itself had over 150 attendees' signup and was very busy. And to hold true to most all events there were some terrific raffle prizes. One guy actually went home with a new Xbox 360 and Guitar Hero III. It is still amazing to me the acceptance and the challenges people are facing with SharePoint. On one hand companies are implementing SharePoint at a break ...
It's No Joke! Fool Your Audience with PowerPoint Magic Brought to you by Eli Journals & AudioSolutionz Tuesday April 1, 2008 3 pm ET/12 pm PT Length: 60 minutes Format: Audioconference and Webinar PowerPoint can help you create attractive presentations, but you can make real magic with little-known tricks and techniques that will amaze your audience. Learn how to use animations, hyperlinks, and other basic PowerPoint functions in new ways that will take your slideshow to a whole new level and ...
What is an Office Geek? An Office Geek is someone - typically a developer or administrator - who works with or is interested in working with some aspect of the Microsoft Office System. The Office System encompasses both client applications (Word, Excel, etc) as well as server applications (primarily SharePoint, but also Forms Server, workflow, etc). This could mean that you work with SharePoint, use VSTO to write OBAs, define taxonomies, maintain corporate records, etc. I found this little blurb ...
My wife and I were talking by phone while I was at a store when she mentioned that she wanted an MP3 player for use around the house. Easy in-car use was also a requirement. I went to the music player display case to see what was offered. A full 80% of the boxes were various flavors of iPods. The rest were Zunes with a couple of Samsung units. Since I have a bad opinion of Apple DRM and iTunes lock-in, I bought her a 4GB pink Zune and brought it home. My wife loved opening the box and playing with ...
There are so many good things happening right now in the Polish .NET Community that I thogh it would be best to put it together in one post. So here you have it: C2C'08 is a first ever countrywide IT conference organized by community of Microsoft .NET and SQL Server professionals. On April 5th 2008 eleven speakers will have opportunity to show the most wanted topics, and answer the most desired questions. The list of speakers looks very impressive and includes celebrities like Dino Esposito and Matin ...
Today I edited a file from our online document repository without first downloading it. I had just clicked "Open" when IE7 prompted me instead of "Save"... I worked on the document using Office 2007 Powerpoint for a couple of hours, clicked Save and then closed it. Next I tried to find it to re-upload it to the repository. OOOPS! I hadn't done a "Save As..." silly me and my file was GONE! How's that for a Friday night horror story. But instead of crying... I was tempted, I began to think like a geek ...
I've held off recently announcing the DC ALT.NET meeting due to scheduling issues. Anyhow, that has been resolved and we are good to go. We will be holding it on March 19th from 7-9PM. The meeting this month will bring ALT.NET to Arlington, Virginia. I want to thank Kevin Hegg for offering his office as our get together. At our last meeting, Stelligent hosted our event in which we discussed a lot of great topics. You can read a wrapup of our last meeting here. This time, we're going to have Jay Flowers ...
OK, so techniques for managing our time are common place such as calendars and to-do lists. But what about managing your thinking? Being an Architect is a practice, not a process, so arguable the most important tool we have is our brain as it is our central repository for knowledge and logic but it's not like a computer. Often useful information comes flowing out it, almost randomly in no particular order that's if your lucky. Sometime the brains requires some exploration and provocation to tease ...
MIX08 is over, and I am home with what one could call the "post-MIX" mood. It's a mix (pun intended, haha) of various feelings Obviously I am extatic to be with my family again, even more so because I was away for almost two weeks, which I usually try to avoid. It's just so good to be with them again. I wish I could take them with me every time I am abroad. Read the rest of this entry » ...
We are looking to build a list of people for the Kansas City Office Developer User Group. If you or your company is interested in getting added to our mailing list send me an e-mail at rebecca.isserman@gmail.com. Also, if you have any topics in mind please let me know. I am willing to present anything Office Centric, including SharePoing, Accesss, InfoPath, or any other Office Products Related....We are also looking for future sponsors for meetings...If you contact me I will put you on the list of ...
Not that I use these things much, but on a few other occasions I have had the need to use Google Documents, and was quite contempt with it. The scenario where I would personally see the need for these kind of applications is when I want to share documents and stuff, and also be restricted with not having the Office programs available, e.g. WebCafes etc. So today moved by all the hype around the announcement of Office Live Workspaces I gave it a try, and I am impressed. The interface looks elegant, ...
Here is the official information: March Meeting of the Office Developer User Group of Kansas City Title: Features...What is a Feature in SharePoint 2007? Register: http://www.clicktoattend.co... ( Must Register for Prizes ) Sponsor: Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc. - Food Provider for the March Meeting Presented: Becky Isserman Date: Thursday, March 6th (Each meeting will be on the 1st Thursday of the month) Time: Food at 5:30pm; Presentation from 6:00pm - 7:00pm Location: Centriq Foss Training ...
I came across some pre MIX Silverlight news, stakes are higher than ever and rewards never been better but is it the right way? 1. Microsoft of make Silverlight Offline Err What does it mean? It means that not only Silverlight application can be developed for the web but for the desktops as offline applications... which can be installed (ideally cross platform, love to see how they pull it off) it means build one application host it on the web or ship it for desktops, boy could stakes be even more ...
It's Monday about 7:00 am...Your boyfriend's alarm just went off and you sort of half wakeup. You feel like someone hit you with a large truck. You don't know exactly why you feel like someone hit you with a truck. You begin to ponder is it because you went out and did not take it easy at all while you had a sinus infection. Is it because you were banging the drums a little too hard on Rockband the other night? 7:17 am roles around, so you wake up do the morning routine and head to work. Your entire ...
Boy #2 is on his Daredevil kick again. He's got a birthday coming up and wants Daredevil bedding pretty bad. (So far, I have found Spiderman, and plenty of other heroes, but sadly no Daredevil.) Today has been a mostly lazy Sunday, with me catching up on a few side projects like HA! and Tech-Editing another VB 2008 book, this time for Deitel. Both were "beginner's" books, but this one especially so. While I've been in my office working, the kids have been playing pretty well downstairs... within ...
During the troubles with the device lock code, I have also attempted to reset the device with a few known tricks for that. Look for some support forum postings on how to do it. Will not reveal it here, because it requires you to push an impossible combination of three buttons while switching the device on. After I managed to "break" the N95 interpretation of my device lock code, I noticed that the reset attempt had worked. Note that I was never informed before that the reset attempt had worked. The ...
I read Gary's recent post and totally understand his frustration. Trying to maintain a user group in a small market can be a difficult, and although we have great national sponsors (especially in MSDN), the reality is that community initiatives from a corporate point of view occur based on corporate objectives. This is why places like Yellowknife or Whitehorse will never get any type of Microsoft event...it just doesn't make sense from a business point of view. Or take the Atlantic provinces: they ...
I have talked about Xobni several times before and absolutely love this product. It turns out Xobni is a Microsoft Startup Accelerator Program partner. There are lots of benefits to the program like free software, consulting help, press releases, introductions to Microsoft people, partners, and even VCs. One benefit that wasn't anticipated was a demo by Bill Gates at the Microsoft Office Developers Conference. Check out this 2 minute video of Bill talking about Xobni; then check out Xobni ...
We will have a meeting for the Kansas City Office Developer Group Meeting on Thursday, March 6th at 6 pm at Centriq Foss. The website is http://www.kcoffice.org. I will be speaking about Feature Design in Sharepoint. Basically, I will talk to you about what you should put in features, so that you can roll it out sitewise. I promise to bring some candy with me and there may be some questions involved. I don't have a full abstract or profile created, but I have basically been working with SharePoint ...
I am starting down a path with Sharepoint (MOSS 2007), so I found a nice MOSS virtual machine download, its only a 30 day trial, but that'll do for the moment. It's nice that it comes all installed etc, just to get a flavour. The virtual machine is also a domain controller - not sure whether there is any specific reason that relates to a MOSS installation! The image also contains SQL 2005 SP1, Office 2007 Pro, Sharepoint Designer and some other bits...check the above link for more details. Back to ...
Aseem Nayar posted a Documentation Map for Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 at the following link: http://office.microsoft.com... It's great to see that the documentation is starting to flow. Here's a link to some training videos too. http://www.microsoft.com/bu... ...
So my current gig is going really well...I'm on contract with a government office doing analysis work. However, as it sometimes goes with new gigs and bringing on outside people, not everything is in place; the lack of a network account being the main one. But no big deal, I've got my laptop here with me so things should be alright. However, there's also no public internet access here...no wireless I can jack into, no free signals (well, there are...but they're all weak...and unsecured...but thanks ...
Today I was playing with the test environment re-installing all those 20 wsp templates from the Fantastic 40. I notice that the "Content and Structure" area is not working on Production and Test. This is what I am seeing: Feature 'df31abb1-d432-4fa5-bdb1-25... for list template '7655' is not installed in this farm. The operation could not be completed. So I google around and look at the MSDN SharePoint Forums and some guy suggests to search the log files. Well here is what I see in the log ...
Ever wondered what secret/private folders your buddy in office has shared on his PC? Well, now you can! Hidden Share Revealer is a tool that gets all the shares for a given machines regardless of its type (i.e system, hidden or normal). The tool will only list down the shares; you can access the share only if the owner has given you permission. Nothing to install, just download it and run. Get it from here: http://projectdistributor.n... (btw... the tool requires ...
I'm in an running Virtual images for development and demos that are stand along PerformancePoint Servers. They are running Windows Server 2003, SQLServer 2005, SharePoint Services 3.0, and PerformancePoint Server. I have a development environment and a DMZ environment that can each run 5 instances of the Virtual image. To make this setup easier, we created a "gold" image that we will use as our baseline image for each of the environments. If you try to do this, what you will quickly find out is that ...
Microsoft has always provided great deals for college students. I remember when I was still in school being able to purchase "Academic Editions" of Windows and Office at fractions of the retail price from the college bookstore. This time around, Microsoft is making it even better to be a student with the introduction of Microsoft DreamSpark. DreamSpark gives students access to the same Microsoft developer and design tools used by the industry professionals at no charge. DreamSpark currently offers ...
At EndUserSharePoint I noticed that he encountered a bug when checking in files, so I responded with a little fix I created that involves a SharePoint Designer Workflow. Here is a link to his blog post: http://www.endusersharepoin... It looks like a few people want to know how you would use SharePoint Designer to Check-In Items. So here is a little walk-through (will be adding screen shots as this post has been moved): For starters you need to open up Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer ...
I have a lull at work as it happens every once in a while, so of course you see me post at least once a day. I am kind of ADHD when it comes to having nothing to do at work. Today I went through SharePointFeeds.com about 800 times refreshing the OMEA Reader, looked up some Silverlight creation tools, played around with a few PowerShell Tools, and now I find myself at this blog yet again. I am half waiting for a book proposal to get pushed through a publishing company that contacted me. I just sent ...