BizTalk Unleashed

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Susie Adams
Sams, 2002 - Computers - 1076 pages
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BizTalk is an integral part of the Microsoft .NET. The administrator and developer both will find this book a comprehensive source to help them understand, and problem solve wherever they are exploring BizTalk. Two high profile BizTalk spokespersons--John Matranga and Microsoft's BizTalk trainer Susie Adams. Explanations of what every portion of BizTalk is, what it does and how it fits together. Includes multiple examples then moves to debugging and troubleshooting. The authors spend significant time on tackling the "gotchas" (the things that can inevitably go wrong with any complex new, cutting-edge technology). Real-world scenarios, code examples and simulations for every major topic area. BizTalk Unleashed explains systems, terms and interactions, give code examples and business scenarios and regular de-bugging tips and troubleshooting schema for each chapter and section. Part One: Structure of the book--a pyramid book organization beginning at the base. Part Two: Purposes, goals and major components of BizTalk--the fundamental BizTalk markup technologies are covered: XML, Soap and the BizTalk Framework. Part Three: BizTalk Administration--installation, hardware requirements, scalability, security, team management issues, Backup. Part Four: Modeling Business Documents--Using the BizTalk Editor and the BizTalk Mapper. Part Five: BizTalk Messaging--the engine and understanding how BizTalk Messaging routes messages; using the BizTalk Messaging Manager; document tracking and activity monitoring; performance analysis. Part Six: BizTalk Process Orchestration--Using the BizTalk Designer; XLANG orchestration engine; interaction of BizTalk messaging and orchestration. Part Seven: Extending BizTalk Server 2000--application interaction components; types and when to use them; custom serializers, parsers and functoids; the administration object model. Part Eight: Integrating the BizTalk Server and Commerce Server. Part Nine: Appendices. John Matranga Chief Technology Officer, Omicron, has been with Omicron for 11 years. Omicron is a vendor for Microsoft and has been very involved in the creation of the BizTalk Orchestration as XML experts. He is a frequent conference speaker on XML, Web Services and Microsoft .NET. Susie Adams, Senior Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation, has been with Microsoft and the BizTalk product for two years (since the BizTalk alpha). She has taught on the BizTalk product at Microsoft Tech Ed 2000, Dev Days, Microsoft technology briefings and leads ongoing internal BizTalk trainings for other MS consultants.

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Susie Adams has been in the computer industry for 15 years. She has been a contributing author on several books including Microsoft Press's Microsoft Visual InterDev 6.0 Enterprise Developer's Workshop, Sams Publishing's Visual InterDev Unleashed, and several industry journals. She also regularly speaks on Microsoft distributed Web application development topics at industry conferences including Microsoft Tech Ed and VBITS. As a Senior Technology Specialist at Microsoft Corporation, Susie focuses on the evangelism of Microsoft distributed Web solutions, which include COM+, BizTalk, .NET, Visual Studio .NET, and .NET Web Services. Prior to working for Microsoft, Susie was a consultant with several large and small consulting companies specializing in Internet application design and development. In her spare time, she enjoys sports; her friends ; her dogs Willie, Moxie, and Ethel; and playing at the beach.

Dilip Hardas is a Systems Architect at Omicron Consulting's XMLabs in Philadelphia. He enjoys harnessing computing technologies to create effective business solutions, working with Microsoft products and technologies along with open and standards-based systems incorporating XML and Internet technologies. Dilip has shepherded projects and teams, integrating relevant technologies, from inception to delivery. Dilip's interests cover distributed computing systems not only in their design for robustness, security, and performance but also their application in an increasingly connected world.

Prior to Omicron, Dilip worked for Digital Equipment Corp., Tektronix, and DCM Data Products. He holds a B.Tech degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Delhi (India) and an M.S. degree in Computer Science from SUNY Buffalo. He is a member of the ACM, IEEE, and AAAI.

Akhtar Hossein is a Senior Consultant at Microsoft, based out of Houston, Texas. His expertise is in architecting and implementing EAI and B2B integration of applications and business processes both within and across organizational boundaries. Akhtar has been involved with BizTalk Server since the Technical Preview version and has been instrumental in implementing EAI solutions for his customers at Clear Channel, Tyco Flow Controls, Compaq, Dell, and others.

Akhtar received his Master's degree in Computer Science in 1989 and has more than 10 years experience in designing and developing software. Akhtar's bachelor's degree is in Civil Engineering, and he has worked as an engineer in the design and construction of process engineering plants in Indonesia and Singapore. Akhtar has traveled extensively and is fluent in five languages. His passion is technology.

Clifford R. Cannon, MCDBA, MCSD, MCSE, MCT, is a Principal Software Architect at InterKnowlogy, LLC (, a Microsoft Certified Partner company. InterKnowlogy has completed several BizTalk Server projects for units within Microsoft Corporation itself, in addition to developing a major BizTalk and HIPAA consulting practice for customer companies. During more than 20 years of computing experience in medical imaging, computer-aided drug design, and distributed database and financial transaction systems, Cliff has developed three principles for success: rapid and flexible development; attention to customer needs and economic sense; and built-in performance and reliability. He has designed and delivered advanced training courses on BizTalk Server 2002 and has contributed to several database integration and application security projects employing all aspects of BizTalk Server.

Rand Morimoto, MCSE, has been in the computer industry for more than 20 years and as a Premier level member of the National Speaker Association (NSA) is world-renowned for public speaking and authoring books on networking technologies, communication, and security. As president and a senior consultant for Convergent Computing, a San Francisco area based consulting firm, Rand leads the e-business, e-communications, security, and Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) practice of the business. Each year, Rand travels to dozens of countries to speak at conferences and conventions on subjects ranging from electronic commerce, mergers and acquisitions, e-Outsourcing, B2B internetworking, Internet security, and electronic messaging. Rand is also an advisor to the White House, setting domestic policy on electronic commerce and communications.

Kevin Price is a Senior Systems Architect, who has been working with BizTalk since its beta inception, specializing in the securing of information and platform scalability. Kevin has both architecture and hands-on experience using technologies including ASP, Crypto API, JSP, Java, COM/DCOM, VB, C++, .Net, and numerous other technologies related to the Internet and/or the Microsoft-based toolset. Kevin also served as the technical lead responsible for the development and implementation of solutions including supervising teams of multiple developers. Kevin performed consulting engagements with customers to determine their strategic IT direction including both infrastructure and application development and integration. Kevin has been designing Internet-based applications for more than seven years and has also authored chapters for .NET Framework Security, 067232184X, also published by Sams Publishing.

Stephen Tranchida is an architect of distributed systems working for Omicron Consulting in Philadelphia. He has been working on application integration challenges for more than 10 years. Stephen is currently in charge of developing an enterprise-class Web portal using Windows DNA 2000 and featuring XML and BizTalk Server. He has consulted for Microsoft on special projects and is the coauthor of Understanding BizTalk.

Bill Martschenko is a software architect using COM, XML, XSL, Web Services, BizTalk, and .NET. He is currently Chief Technology Officer at NetEdge Software, which provides BizTalk and Internet products and services.

Rick Pearson is a Lead Software Developer for Applied Research Associates. His experience with BizTalk began at Stingray Software with a project that integrated CORBA and J2EE into BizTalk Orchestration. He became (a little too) familiar with the BizTalk Messaging Configuration object model while creating a series of administrative Web Services for the same project. Although this is Rick's first contribution to a book, he is not new to technical authorship. While at Stingray, he compiled and wrote the first printed User's and Programmer's Guides for Objective Grid. When he isn't writing code, Rick enjoys spending time with his wife, family, and friends.

Tom Lake is a Software Test Engineer at Microsoft, working on BizTalk Server in Redmond, Washington. He has been working on the product since just before the release of BizTalk Server 2000. During the product cycle for BizTalk Server 2002, he worked on testing the new BizTalk replication driver for Application Center 2000.

Rob Oikawa, M.D., MCSE, MCSD, MCT. Since joining Microsoft in 1997, Rob has focused on Web commerce in the manufacturing industry and healthcare domains where most recently he served as Principal Consultant with Microsoft Consulting Services Healthcare. As Microsoft HIPAA Team Chief Instructor, he led the Microsoft Consulting Services team involved with delivery of the service readiness offering for the Microsoft BizTalk Accelerator for HIPAA, first of the Microsoft Solution Offerings, and has worked closely with the Microsoft BizTalk Server Product team in Early Adopter customer deployments with the product since its inception.

Rob received his M.D. from Johns Hopkins in 1979 and pursued post-doctoral work in Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins developing real-time physiology laboratory control and analysis systems. For five years, he worked as an Interventional Cardiologist, returning to software engineering in 1992. In addition to his, M.D., Rob holds a Master's degree in the History of Medicine (1981) from the Johns Hopkins University and an A.B. from the University of Michigan (1974) in Philosophy and Classics. He holds the MCSD, MCSE, and MCT certifications and is a Microsoft Solutions Framework instructor for Application Development, Infrastructure Deployment, and Enterprise Architecture.

Cuneyt E. Havlioglu has been working at Microsoft Corporation for more than three years. He is a Program Manager in the BizTalk Server team managing the BizTalk Accelerator for RosettaNet design and development efforts. Before joining the BizTalk team, he was part of the Microsoft Exchange and BackOffice teams, working on several topics including collaboration applications development and application migration. Prior to joining Microsoft, Cuneyt worked for a financial institution focusing on remote transaction processing solutions. Cuneyt holds an Advanced Computer Science Master's degree from the University of Manchester, UK, where he focused on artificial intelligence, multiprocessor computing, object-oriented programming, and visualization techniques. Outside work, Cuneyt is a sailor in the summer, living with the idea of a year-long dream voyage in the Mediterranean seas, and a snowboarder in the winter, enjoying the beautiful northwest slopes.

Charlie Kaiman has more than eight years experience working with XML and various Internet-related technologies. His early contributions include building SGML and XML applications for the U.S. Congress, and consulting on B2B initiatives with cXML and BizTalk. He has also spoken at numerous conferences, including eGov 2000, on the impact that XML will have on the future of application development. More recently, he has been developing knowledge management solutions for various federal organizations, using .NET and XML. When not focusing on the next breakthrough technologies, he enjoys setting up ski trips out west, playing rugby, and reading those old philosophy books that he never actually understood in college.

Larry Wall has been developing with Visual C++, MFC, Visual Basic, and all the other assorted Microsoft tools since the days of the Windows SDK. For the past few years, he has been architecting and delivering Windows DNA applications and has been heavily involved with BizTalk since its pre-beta delivery at PDC 2000.

He is a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer, Microsoft Certified Database Administrator, and a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. He is currently the Manager of Microsoft Solutions at Synapse Technology in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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