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Architecture Forum in the North 2010 - Hosted by Black Marble
On Thursday the 8th of December I attended the "Architecture Forum in the North 2010" hosted by Black Marble. The third time this annual event has been held, it was pitched as featuring Black Marble and Microsoft UK architecture experts focusing on “Tools and Methods for Architects.... a unique opportunity to provide IT Managers, IT and software architects from Northern businesses the chance to learn about the latest technologies and best practices from Microsoft in the field of Architecture....insightful ......

Posted On Thursday, December 9, 2010 1:50 PM

MySQL - ODBC Data Connector
Having previsouly installed and then configured MySQL, you may now need to install the ODBC Data Connector driver in order to connect to your MySQL database. Following the Splash screen the first thing to choose is the Setup Type for your installation. As usual I chose custom so that I could see the components that were actually being installed. In this case the custom set up screen allows you to choose to install the driver and the documentation. Finally you can complete the installation Assuming ......

Posted On Monday, June 7, 2010 4:14 PM

MySQL - Configuration
Having previously detailed how to install MySQL Server, the next step is configuring MySQL. The MySQL configuration wizard can either be run immediately following installation from the MySQL installation wizard or manually from the Start Menu. Following the splash screen you can then choose whether to run a detailed or standard configuration. The detailed configuration allows you to create the optimal configuration for your specific machine, whereas the standard configuration creates a general configuration ......

Posted On Monday, June 7, 2010 10:20 AM

MySQL - Installation
In order to create a development environment for a project I am working on, I recently needed to install MySQL Server. The first step was to download the msi. Running this presents you with the installer splash screen, detailing the version of MySQL that you are about to install - in this case MySQL Server 5.1. Next you can choose whether to install a Typical, Complete or Custom installation. Although this is the first time I have installed MySQL and the Custom option states "Recommended for advanced ......

Posted On Friday, June 4, 2010 3:17 PM

(Not) Making a Splash with Visual Studio
This post is just a quicky to remind me of a Visual Studio switch that I found interesting/useful. If you are interested in such things, there are a number of command line switches that can be used with Visual Studio. One that does not appear on the list linked to above is the "nosplash" switch. This switch disables the splash screen when starting Visual Studio, taking you directly into the IDE. Close Visual Studio and then add /nosplash after ...devenv.exe in the target of whichever shortcut you ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 2, 2010 9:00 AM

Guid Generation
If you need to create a guid you can obviously make use of the Microsoft GuidGen tool, but what if this tool is not available on the system you are using? I recently came across the online guid gen tool which may be able to come to your rescue: To get a new guid pres the "Create New Guid" button and away you go ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:24 AM

BizTalk Server 2009 - SOA Patterns Chapter 1
As stated in my previous post I am currently reading Richard Seroter's book "SOA Patterns with BizTalk Server 2009". Having just finished Chapter 1, Building BizTalk Server 2009 Applications, I thought I would record some immediate thoughts on what I have read so far. This chapter works as an introduction to BizTalk Server, covering the basic architecture, schemas, maps, messaging and orchestrations. While this is not likely to offer much to an experienced BizTalk developer, it does work as a good ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 16, 2009 5:17 PM

BizTalk Server 2009 - SOA Patterns Introduction
I have recently picked up a copy of Richard Seroter's book "SOA Patterns with BizTalk Server 2009", and thought that I would try and make some useful comments on each chapter as I read it. I am currently working in an environment where we have been implementing BizTalk Solutions as a part of an overall SOA strategy for a number of years, and I am hoping that this book will help me to gain a new perspective on the use of BizTalk in this type of architecture, and hopefully expand my understanding of ......

Posted On Monday, December 14, 2009 3:40 PM

BizTalk 2004 Naming Guidelines
The following BizTalk naming guidlines are heavily based on those proposed by Scott Colestock over at Trace Of Thought. As you can see from the link, Scott wrote his naming conventions for BizTalk Server 2006, whereas I am still using BizTalk Serevr 2004. In reality these guidlines are pretty much universal across any version of BizTalk you may wish to apply them to. Although the general principles for these guidlines are the same as Scott's, I have made some changes based on personal preference ......

Posted On Monday, November 9, 2009 11:47 AM

PAL - Analysis of BizTalk, IIS and More
I was recently introduced to the PAL (Performance Analysis of Logs) tool. This is a great tool that allows you to produce HTML reports based on the analysis of performance monitor counter logs. It applies complex thresholds based on those defined by Microsoft. The HTML reports produced include charts and very useful descriptions and links for important counters, they also contain various degrees of alerts for when thresholds are exceeded. These reports can be very useful aids when performance tuning ......

Posted On Friday, October 2, 2009 9:34 PM

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