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BizTalk Server Extensibility

The world of integration is pretty complex, and unless there is someone (or something) that is capable of understanding the end-to-end requirement in the integration scenario, you cannot achieve what you want. Say, you are in a group of people who speak different languages and are from varied cultural diversity, you need a middleman to control the communication between the members of the group. Unless and otherwise you understand the language and culture of every individual in the group, you cannot carry the message from one person to the other in the group.

In most real-time integration scenarios, BizTalk server acts as the perfect middleman to connect the different systems together. BizTalk server comes out-of-the-box with a set of capabilities that will help to perform like a middleman to make the communication possible. However, at a certain stage, there are things that the product needs to understand that are not out-of-the-box. In these cases, its important BizTalk server provides the Extensibility Points (like custom pipelines, adapters, BAM, WCF Behaviors, etc) to extend itself into territories.

In this book, the authors Steef-Jan Wiggers, Johann Cooper and Eldert Grootenboer have done an extensive research and consolidated all the different extensibility points you can have in BizTalk in a single place. This book will be a great value add for anyone working with BizTalk.

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BizTalk Server Extensibility
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Implement sustainable customizations to your BizTalk solutions using this book
Kent Weare <br> Microsoft Integration MVP Kent Weare
Microsoft Integration MVP
About the author(s)
Steef-Jan Wiggers

Steef-Jan Wiggers

Microsoft Integration MVP

Steef-Jan Wiggers has over 15 years’ experience as a technical lead developer, application architect and consultant, specializing in custom applications, enterprise application integration (BizTalk), Web services and Windows Azure. Steef-Jan is very active in the BizTalk community as a blogger, Wiki author/editor, forum moderator, writer and public speaker in the Netherlands and Europe. For these efforts, Microsoft has recognized him a Microsoft MVP for the past 5 years.

Johann Cooper

Johann Cooper

Integration Architect

Johann is an integration architect working in New Zealand’s banking sector. Johann is the creator and curator for the “BizTalk BRE Pipeline Framework” CodePlex project, is the author of the blog “Adventures inside the Message Box”, is the author of the White Paper “The A-Y of running BizTalk Server in Microsoft Azure”, and is the co-author of the book “SOA Patterns with BizTalk Server 2013 and Microsoft Azure” published by Packt Publishing.

Eldert Grootenboer

Eldert Grootenboer

Microsoft integration consultant

Eldert is a Microsoft integration consultant from the Netherlands, currently working at Motion10, mainly focused on BizTalk Server and Azure integration development. He comes from a .NET background, and has been in the IT since 2006. He has been working with BizTalk since 2010 and since then has expanded into Azure and surrounding technologies as well. Eldert loves working in integration projects, as each project brings new challenges and there is always something new to learn. In his spare time Eldert likes to be active in the BizTalk community and get his hands dirty on new technologies.

Key Features

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    Custom WCF Behavior in BizTalk Server Port

    This walkthrough focuses on one of more complex customizations within BizTalk - WCF Behaviours

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    Creating a custom pipeline

    This walkthrough will show how to build a custom pipeline.

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    Developing a custom functoid

    This walkthrough will demonstrate how to develop a custom functoid.

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    Extensibility in BizTalk Transformation

    The walkthrough and the custom functoid will provide you a sense of the various options you have as a developer when it comes to mapping.

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    Custom Coding in an Orchestration

    This walkthrough will show how to apply custom code within an orchestration using external .NET components and how to use XLANG statements in an expression shape.

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    Deploying a BizTalk solution with the BTDF

    This walkthrough will show how deploying a BizTalk solution created in BizTalk can be done using the BizTalk Deployment Framework.

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    Leveraging Business Activity Monitoring outside of BizTalk

    The walkthrough will show how Business Activity Monitoring (BAM) can be used separate from BizTalk in a custom .NET application or WCF service.

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    Using BRE in a pipeline

    This walkthrough will show how Business Rule Engine can be used inside a pipeline and leveraged in a different manner beneficial in a messaging solution.

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    BizTalk Server Tools

    This walkthrough will demonstrate one of the tools available on-line on CodePlex called BizTalk Bench Mark Wizard and how to enable the BizTalk Health Monitor.

Reviewers

Mark Brimble
Mark Brimble

Mark Brimble is a solution integration architect with over 17 years of experience in the field of designing, building, implementing, and supporting integration solutions. He has experience in the field in integrating Windows, UNIX, and AS/400 platforms, SQL Server, SAP, Oracle and Microsoft CRM. His main interest at the moment is to help people choose the best architecture patterns. He has been active in the community for many years and posts regularly at his blog. He also contributes to the BizTalk Map Documenter.

Sandro Pereira
Sandro Pereira

Sandro Pereira lives in Portugal and works as a consultant at DevScope. In the past years, he has been working on implementing Integration scenarios both on-premises and cloud for various clients, each with different scenarios from a technical point of view, size, and criticality, using Microsoft Azure, Microsoft BizTalk Server and different technologies like AS2, EDI, RosettaNet, SAP, TIBCO etc. He is a regular blogger, international speaker, and technical reviewer of several BizTalk books all focused on Integration. He is also the author of the book: “BizTalk Mapping Patterns & Best Practices”. He has been awarded MVP since 2011 for his contributions to the integration community.

James Corbould
James Corbould

James lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand focussing on Azure and BizTalk Server and the surrounding Microsoft technology stack. He has designed and built integration solutions for a number of leading and well known organisations in New Zealand, across a broad range of industry sectors. Recently he has been working with a large NZ health organisation. Active in the community, James is a regular contributor to the MSDN forums.

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