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Jennifer Zouak JENNIFER · ZOUAK's · BizTalk · and · .NET · column May 2006 Entries

I been very heads-down for the last few months, wrapping my head around BizTalk 2006 (now RTM'd) and the new adapter framework. I have been documenting the challenges in a blog elsewhere, but I am thinking this will be a better spot to get them noticed.

Posted On Monday, May 29, 2006 7:53 AM

Writing a custom Biztalk Adapter Installation
As I get ready to release a downloadable version of my adapter, I am working to make a setup .exe. How to make a setup for your adapter? Easy (sort-of). Start with a MS Visual Studio setup project. As usual, add your project outputs and any other obvious stuff. Then go to the registry editor and add the necessary info for the adapter -- the info you may have generated using the "Adapter Registry Wizard" that comes with BTS. If you are copying and pasting, beware that the config string has some escaped ......

Posted On Monday, May 29, 2006 7:50 AM

Defining BTS 2006 Adapter Properties
As an intro, I have been building a BizTalk 2006 adapter ( starting from the new framework and base adapter code. The adapter is a transport-type adapter. One of the initial challenges was wrapping my head around the property definitions. With BTS, each adapter has two types of properties: Handler and Location (aka Port). In addition, at runtime there is the message content itself and the message "Context" properties which can be considered. Once you add an adapter ......

Posted On Monday, May 29, 2006 7:49 AM

Custom Adapter in the GAC
During development installing your adapter into the GAC makes all the difference. If you don't you will find during your test and rebuild cycles, the assemblies will inevitably get hopelessly locked by either BTS, the Admin console or even Visual Studio. I had often killed all possible non-critical processes (an even some critical ones) and still have been unable to delete the adapter dll from the file system. Enough of that, the solution is to install the assembly into the GAC, then you just need ......

Posted On Monday, May 29, 2006 7:48 AM

All about custom adapter Context Property Schemas
When you write a custom adapter, chances are you want to have some custom context properties. Context properties are handy when you want to do dynamic routing or change any port info inside an orchestration. The problem is that how to do this with a custom adapter is not very clear. Here are my tips: First, you need to create a "property schema". To do this, first create a BizTalk project then add a new "property schema". Property schemas are different from regular schemas. Most importantly, they ......

Posted On Monday, May 29, 2006 7:47 AM

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