Microsoft release new Logic Apps Designer - but how do you use BizTalk Connectors or v1 API Apps?#

Microsoft today released the Logic Apps preview refresh – which means a new designer and new connectors.

However, those BizTalky people amongst you might notice that there’s no mention of the BizTalk connectors in the list of actions you see in the new designer...

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 00:12:56 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00) #    Comments [0]  |  Trackback

 

How to create a marketplace API App from code: Hacking the Azure Portal#

So a few months ago, I was trying to work out how to create an instance of a marketplace API App via code. There was no API or samples for this at the time. API Apps (like Logic/Mobile/Web apps) can be deployed using ARM templates, so it was just a matter of working out what to put in the template.

Since then, the AAS team have released a guide on what needs to go in the template, what the contract looks like, and supplied a sample on GitHub

Thursday, 21 January 2016 22:09:05 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00) #    Comments [0]  |  Trackback

 

App Service Environments: How to deploy API Apps to a Virtual Network#

Recently I was asked by a client: how do I deploy an API App or a Logic App to a Virtual Network (VNet)?

If you've ever used BizTalk Services (MABS) then you'll know one of the biggest limitations with MABS was that it didn’t support VNets: a lot of companies create VNets, and hook them up to their on-premises network, so that their Azure environment becomes a secure extension of their on-premises network.

Thursday, 07 January 2016 18:51:17 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00) #    Comments [0]  |  Trackback

 

Logic Apps Roadmap for 2015-2016#
If you missed the @logicappsio LogicAppsLive community webcast (with Kevin Lam and Jon Fancey) last night, they gave us the current road map for Logic Apps for the next 9 months...
Friday, 04 December 2015 14:40:38 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00) #    Comments [0]  |  Trackback

 

Microsoft announce new Logic App Features and new Designer#

At connect(); 2015 this year, Microsoft announced some new Azure App Service features relating to Logic Apps and API Apps (watch the video here:https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Visual-Studio/Connect-event-2015/909).

Stephen Siciliano (@iscsus) gave a ten-minute session on current and new features for AAS (Azure App Service)...

Wednesday, 18 November 2015 19:18:56 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00) #    Comments [0]  |  Trackback

 

Listing Subscriptions and Logic Apps from .NET#
For most people, using PowerShell scripts/cmdlets to access Azure and get information about subscriptions and resources (e.g. Logic Apps) will be enough.

But what if you want to do it yourself from .NET?...

Monday, 16 November 2015 15:15:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00) #    Comments [0]  |  Trackback

 

Getting started with the Logic Apps SDK#
The first Logic Apps SDK for .NET (v0.1.0) was released on August 28th.
Stephen Siciliano covered it in the LogicAppsIO Community WebCast on August 27th.
But there haven’t been many blog posts on how to use it, nor many samples.
So here we go: How to use the SDK...
Thursday, 22 October 2015 22:59:31 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00) #    Comments [0]  |  Trackback

 

Setting up PostMan to call the Azure Management APIs#
If you want to test the deployment of API App or LogicApp templates, one of the easiest ways to do this is using the PostMan REST Client for Chrome. In this post I'll show you how to authenticate against your Azure subscription, and show you how to call the API from PostMan. Although all of this information can be found on other sites, I wanted to bring it all into one post, with steps showing you what to do, and explanation of the various parts e.g. what a JWT is, and why the api-version value is so important...
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 21:37:37 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00) #    Comments [0]  |  Trackback

 

App Service Product Group - First Community WebCast#

So the App Service product group did a Google Hangout today (basically a live YouTube stream) and gave some updates on Logic Apps, along with some demos on chaining Logic Apps, calling a Logic App from another Logic App etc...

Thursday, 25 June 2015 19:42:10 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00) #    Comments [0]  |  Trackback

 

Azure App Service: How to implement conditional logic and loops in a Logic App#

One of the questions I saw on Twitter after yesterday's Azure App Service launch was: how do you do an if-then-else in a Logic App? Or even a For loop?

If you're coming from a BizTalk Orchestration or Windows Workflow background, you may be surprised by the lack of shapes in a Logic App for performing these operations.

However, you can still do all those things: you just need to look at the problem differently...

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 10:47:22 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00) #    Comments [0]  |  Trackback

 

Announcing Azure App Service: a new PaaS offering in Azure#

Azure App Service allows developers to create business logic in the cloud that supports their new or existing web and mobile apps.

Building on the MicroServices announcement from last year's BizTalk Summit (in Redmond), there have been two major new technologies released...

Tuesday, 24 March 2015 09:46:16 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00) #    Comments [0]  |  Trackback

 

DanSharp XmlViewer v1.01 released#

v1.01 of DanSharp XmlViewer is now available up on CodePlex. Also available is the source code for this version.

This is a minor bugfix release - the main bug fixed is an issue where long file names cause the application to not be able to start.

Direct link to the MSI file is here.

Tuesday, 04 October 2011 17:59:46 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00) #    Comments [2]  |  Trackback

 

DanSharp XmlViewer tool now on CodePlex#

The DanSharp XmlViewer tool has now moved to CodePlex.

You can get the latest setup files, documentation and source code from CodePlex, along with tracking discussions and issues.

The project page is here: http://dansharpxmlviewer.codeplex.com/.

My apologies for the delay on getting this done!

Monday, 03 October 2011 17:56:20 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00) #    Comments [0]  |  Trackback

 

Cumulative Update 2 for BizTalk Server 2010#

I've been waiting for this for a while... contains all hotfixes released since CU1 was released...

Get it here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2573000

Thursday, 01 September 2011 10:04:12 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00) #    Comments [0]  |  Trackback

 

Improving the ESB Toolkit: Fixing the "endless loop" bug when creating Fault messages#

The ESB Toolkit is great. However, it's not without its fair share of bugs. I've been meaning to blog about this since I first came across this bug a year or so ago, but it's taken me a while.

If you use the ExceptionManagementDb functionality...

Friday, 06 May 2011 13:03:10 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00) #    Comments [1]  |  Trackback

 

BizTalk moving to the cloud… and to Windows Server AppFabric#
For those of you who may have missed Sriram’s blog post, there will be a CTP of the Integration as a Service version of BizTalk appearing in Azure sometime before July 2011 (interestingly, the blog entry was posted at 10am on October 28th, i.e. an hour after PDC10 started…!).
Additionally, BizTalk vNext will transition to being AppFabric...

Friday, 29 October 2010 12:37:12 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00) #    Comments [6]  |  Trackback

 

AppFabric’s AutoStart feature: great news for BizTalk#

Any of you who have been writing WCF front-ends for BizTalk services will know about one of ASP.NET’s failings: first request latency. A service (or application) hosted in IIS doesn’t start-up and JIT itself fully until the first request is received.

And if low-latency is important to you, this isn’t acceptable, as the first request can incur delays ranging anywhere from 2 secs to 60 secs!

There are many common ways to...

Wednesday, 27 October 2010 12:01:04 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00) #    Comments [0]  |  Trackback

 

BizTalk 2010 Released; Development edition now free#

Well the announcement came over a week after I thought it would arrive, but BTS2010 is now officially released. And the developer edition is now free.

However, that doesn’t mean that you can do development for free: you still need to pay for SQL Server and Visual Studio.

Although having said that, SQL Server 2008 Dev edition is fairly cheap (as in, about £20 on a select agreement), so the only real cost is Visual Studio... Still, it means that there won’t be hoards of hobbyist devs out there trying out BTS, unless they manage to get it running with Visual Studio Express (does that actually work? Never tried it, but wouldn't have thought so – might have a go tomorrow). Still, it means that you no longer need an MSDN license to do BizTalk dev, which removes a huge barrier for budding/hobbyist BizTalk devs. Especially if you want to start developing with the AppFabric integration features in BTS 2010.

You can download the dev editions of BTS2010 and HIS2010 from here:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=938102b8-a677-4c20-906d-f6ae472b3a6a&displaylang=en
Sunday, 26 September 2010 21:19:06 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00) #    Comments [0]  |  Trackback

 

Installing the ESB Toolkit v2.0 on Windows 7 Error: Operation Not Completed#

Here's an interesting one: I was installing the ESB Toolkit 2.0 on a Win 7 x86 machine the other day, and during install got an error from Visual Studio saying "The operation could not be completed.":

If you choose OK, the ESB Installer finishes with a success message, but then the Itinerary Designer doesn't work in Visual Studio (you get an error about a missing assembly when you try and add a new itinerary to a project).

There was nothing...

Sunday, 22 August 2010 18:22:56 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00) #    Comments [2]  |  Trackback

 

PDC2008: Introducing BizTalk Express, sorry, Dublin#
Just at a session on BizTalk Express, sorry Dublin…
Dublin is a set of extensions to Web Application Server (WAS) also known as Web Process Activation Server (also WAS) – confused yet?!
Basically, Dublin allows hosting of WCF/WF services/workflows on IIS/WAS.
What it adds though is UIs for Hosting, Messaging, Durability, Correlation, and Tracking
Sound familiar? Yup, all things that BTS provides today.
It’s early days yet – most of the advanced stuff is currently configured via PowerShell scripts, but it shows where they’re going with it.

Persistence is implemented by storing message information in SQL Server.
In the IIS Administration Console, you can look at suspended instances, resume them, cancel them, etc. All stuff that seems very very familiar to a BTS dev.
Correlation and filtering is achieved via XPath statements (no comments on whether it loads the message into a DOM, or whether it supports fast–read-only forward XPath only).

We’ve all received copies of Dublin with our PDC bits – I’ll be keen to see what perf you can achieve under load. I suspect the answer is "not much".
The BTS dev team spent a lot of time tuning the filtering/persistence stuff, and in a lot of ways it seems that the Dublin team are reinventing the wheel here.

One cool thing shown was creating a model in Quadrant (the Oslo modelling tool) and deploying WCF/WF apps from there to Dublin.

More to come as I spend time with Dublin.

Wednesday, 29 October 2008 23:10:53 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00) #    Comments [0]  |  Trackback

 

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