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# Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Recently we were creating a BizTalk 2006 project. A map was used to normalize input data, where numbers were stored with group separators like "15,000,000.00" and text (Hebrew in our case) was stored visually like "ןודנול סלפ קנב סדיולל".

We do need to store the output data the xml way, this means numbers as "15000000.00" and Hebrew text in logical form "ללוידס בנק פלס לונדון". Well, it's understood that there are no standard functoids that deal with bidi, as there are no too many people that know about the problem in the first place. However we thought at least that there will not be problems with removing of "," in numbers.

BizTalk 2006 does not provide functoids to solve either of these tasks! To answer our needs we have designed two custom functoids.

"Replace string":
Returns a string with text Replaced using a regular expression or search string.
First parameter is a string where to Replace.
Second parameter is a string or regular expression pattern in the format /pattern/flags to Replace.
Third parameter is a string or regular expression pattern that Replaces all found matches.

"Logical to visual converter":
Converts an input "logical" string into a "visual" string.
First parameter is a string to convert.
Optional second parameter is a start embedding level (LTR or RTL).

Wednesday, June 21, 2006 11:01:49 AM UTC  #    Comments [0] -
BizTalk Server
# Wednesday, September 15, 2004

We just have seen the BizTalk competition results. We are out of the game. :(
Our congratulations to the BTS 2004 Developer Competition winners:

  1. Paul Somers of London, England; BizTalk Server Management Tool entry
  2. Scott Colestock of Champlin, Minnesota; BizTalk Server 2004 Nant deployment
  3. Pallavi Narayanaswamy of Bangalore, India; BizTalk TIBCO adapter
  4. Darrin Weber of Allentown, Pennsylvania; Scheduled Orchestration execution

For more details about winners and participants see Scott Woodgate's blog...

Anyway, in course this competition we have created the first freeware MQSeries adapter for BizTalk Server 2004 and have designed a way to integrate legacy applications into BizTalk orchestrations without HIS 2000.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004 5:36:07 AM UTC  #    Comments [0] -
BizTalk Server
# Monday, September 6, 2004

Recently we have sent our entry to BizTalk Server 2004 Developer Competition.
Let's see how it will go. ;-)

The entry integrates mainframe's COBOL applications with BizTalk Server 2004. It includes following elements:

  • MQ adapter, which supports both MQSeries server and client, and implements receive, send, solicit-response and request-response communication patterns.
  • Pipeline components that do run-time data transformations and support CICS DPL conversation protocol.
  • Design-time tools to generate annotated XML schemas and C# sources from COBOL copybooks. The assemblies generated from these sources are used by CICS DPL pipeline components at run-time to transform XML to and from CICS DPL raw data messages.

The entry provides pure .NET solution for consuming legacy applications from BizTalk Server 2004 without using of Host Integration Server 2000 at run-time. It includes documentation, executable files and sources of the adapter, pipeline components, and examples that demonstrate their capabilities. Feel free to download it from GotDotNet web site:

Monday, September 6, 2004 9:37:40 AM UTC  #    Comments [0] -
BizTalk Server
# Saturday, April 3, 2004

Some time ago we have started to study BizTalk Server 2004. It's rather amazing and useful thing for join of business processes especially when rules by which they are joined are changed sometime. But the feature that do the BizTalk Server something peculiar is supporting of long running processes.

We have studied documentation and examples from SDK, have investigated several problems that were discussed in newsgroups,  and visited a conference concerning use of BizTalk Server 2004 sponsored by Microsoft. But we miss a real-life BizTalk project. This situation eventually can be changed.

Today we have found official announce of BizTalk Server 2004 Developer Competition. The rules of this competition you can find here. The cash prizes for winners are worthy tribute.

So, good luck for all pretendents!

Saturday, April 3, 2004 3:32:58 PM UTC  #    Comments [0] -
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