Microsoft Cloud Authors: Nick Basinger, Kevin Benedict, Pat Romanski, Liz McMillan, Lori MacVittie

Related Topics: Microsoft Cloud, Silverlight

Microsoft Cloud: Book Review

Book Review: Microsoft BizTalk Server 2010 Unleashed

The complete picture of BizTalk 2010

BizTalk is no small topic. To cover it all in detail in one book is one huge task. This book comes the closest to doing that I have seen so far.

This is not a beginners BizTalk book. You won't find a chapter on installation and configuration, although there is a chapter on the administration console and one on deployment concepts. It digs right into the meat. It is perfect for anyone who knows a little about BizTalk and wants to get a complete picture of the BizTalk features available in BizTalk 2010.

After a nice introduction and overview the authors have chapters on Schemas, Maps, Orchestrations, Pipelines, Adapters, BizTalk 2010 and WCF: Extensibility, BizTalk and Windows Azure, Business Activity Monitoring with BizTalk BAM, The Business Rules Framework, Rule-Based Programming, ESB with BizTalk Server, Administration Console Concepts, Deployment Concepts, BizTalk RFID, and BizTalk RFID Mobile.

Over the years I have worked with BizTalk at different levels. I have also worked just with BAM on some projects. My current company will probably skip going to BizTalk 2010 since they just recently upgraded to 2009. Personally I don't want to skip getting familiar with a version of BizTalk. My goal with this book was to get a refresher on BizTalk and an introduction to the new 2010 features. This book definitely accomplished that goal for me.

Each chapter does a thorough job of hitting all the related points. For example the Adapter chapter discusses Native Adapters, Line-of-Business Adapters, BizTalk Adapter Pack, Host Adapters, and Third-Party and Custom Adapters. Coverage includes FTP Adapter, HTTP Adapter, MQ Series Adapter, MSMQ Adapter, POP3 Adapter, SMTP Adapter, SharePoint Services Adapter, WCF Adapters, and SQL Server Adapter.

The biggest let down with the book is that there is no accompanying download. With the amount if code samples throughout the book the authors should have put in the effort to provide one. In my search for one I saw one of the authors promised it, but there has been none produced to date.

The biggest highlight is the coverage of the Business Rules Engine. The book has 172 pages of premium Business Rules Engine coverage. This is not common. Most BizTalk books have a very little detail on the Business Rules Engine.

Although there are multiple authors on the book it doesn't read like it. All of them did a great job of writing in a style that makes the topics at hand easy to understand.

All in all I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants the completely picture of all the features BizTalk 2010 has to offer.

Microsoft BizTalk Server 2010 Unleashed

More Stories By Tad Anderson

Tad Anderson has been doing Software Architecture for 18 years and Enterprise Architecture for the past few.

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
Early Bird Registration Discount Expires on August 31, 2018 Conference Registration Link ▸ HERE. Pick from all 200 sessions in all 10 tracks, plus 22 Keynotes & General Sessions! Lunch is served two days. EXPIRES AUGUST 31, 2018. Ticket prices: ($1,295-Aug 31) ($1,495-Oct 31) ($1,995-Nov 12) ($2,500-Walk-in)
Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settlement products to hedge funds and investment banks. After, he co-founded a revenue cycle management company where he learned about Bitcoin and eventually Ethereal. Andrew's role at ConsenSys Enterprise is a mul...
Nicolas Fierro is CEO of MIMIR Blockchain Solutions. He is a programmer, technologist, and operations dev who has worked with Ethereum and blockchain since 2014. His knowledge in blockchain dates to when he performed dev ops services to the Ethereum Foundation as one the privileged few developers to work with the original core team in Switzerland.
René Bostic is the Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America. Enjoying her career with IBM during the modern millennial technological era, she is an expert in cloud computing, DevOps and emerging cloud technologies such as Blockchain. Her strengths and core competencies include a proven record of accomplishments in consensus building at all levels to assess, plan, and implement enterprise and cloud computing solutions. René is a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and a m...
Digital Transformation and Disruption, Amazon Style - What You Can Learn. Chris Kocher is a co-founder of Grey Heron, a management and strategic marketing consulting firm. He has 25+ years in both strategic and hands-on operating experience helping executives and investors build revenues and shareholder value. He has consulted with over 130 companies on innovating with new business models, product strategies and monetization. Chris has held management positions at HP and Symantec in addition to ...
The challenges of aggregating data from consumer-oriented devices, such as wearable technologies and smart thermostats, are fairly well-understood. However, there are a new set of challenges for IoT devices that generate megabytes or gigabytes of data per second. Certainly, the infrastructure will have to change, as those volumes of data will likely overwhelm the available bandwidth for aggregating the data into a central repository. Ochandarena discusses a whole new way to think about your next...
CloudEXPO | DevOpsSUMMIT | DXWorldEXPO are the world's most influential, independent events where Cloud Computing was coined and where technology buyers and vendors meet to experience and discuss the big picture of Digital Transformation and all of the strategies, tactics, and tools they need to realize their goals. Sponsors of DXWorldEXPO | CloudEXPO benefit from unmatched branding, profile building and lead generation opportunities.
Dynatrace is an application performance management software company with products for the information technology departments and digital business owners of medium and large businesses. Building the Future of Monitoring with Artificial Intelligence. Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more busine...
All in Mobile is a place where we continually maximize their impact by fostering understanding, empathy, insights, creativity and joy. They believe that a truly useful and desirable mobile app doesn't need the brightest idea or the most advanced technology. A great product begins with understanding people. It's easy to think that customers will love your app, but can you justify it? They make sure your final app is something that users truly want and need. The only way to do this is by ...
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that Big Data Federation to Exhibit at the 22nd International CloudEXPO, colocated with DevOpsSUMMIT and DXWorldEXPO, November 12-13, 2018 in New York City. Big Data Federation, Inc. develops and applies artificial intelligence to predict financial and economic events that matter. The company uncovers patterns and precise drivers of performance and outcomes with the aid of machine-learning algorithms, big data, and fundamental analysis. Their products are deployed...