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RabbitMQ, my alternative for Service Bus for Windows Server

I thought of writing a nice article for Easter. So what’s more appropriate than writing about RabbitMQ? Not a bunny, but it has big ears. Close enough. A couple of months ago Microsoft announced it would no longer support the on-prem version of it’s popular Azure Service Bus Messaging, also known as Service Bus for Windows Server. Why? Because apparently everyone is moving to the cloud and hybrid is the future. This is true,...

Integrate 2016 – Day 1 Recap 1

Integrate 2016 – Day 1 Recap

I am in London at the Integrate 2016 conference, again perfectly organized by BizTalk 360. Initially Microsoft also planned a summit in Redmond, but this got cancelled, boosting the attendees at the European event. A little bit short of 400 people are attending. The most important thing I noticed is that Microsoft is finally getting its integration priorities straight. BizTalk is not going away and Microsoft is actually ramping up its...

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Referencing external assemblies in Azure Functions

I have previously blogged about Azure Functions and the potential of these small, stand-alone functions. It is a welcome addition to the Microsoft’s micro services vision. Function Apps are about the smallest amount of work you can do and it’s all easily exposed through an API. You can code Node.JS if you want, but if you use C#, you have the entire .Net framework at your disposal – not everything out-of-the box...

Optimizing XSLT to boost your BizTalk map performance 4

Optimizing XSLT to boost your BizTalk map performance

Who hasn’t had this discussion when working with BizTalk? Should you use the built-in BizTalk mapper or go with XSLT instead. For me, it all depends which situation I am in. If there are a lot of BizTalk developers, I would say it’s a no brainer and go with XSLT. But if I have to educate people at a client to work with BizTalk in the first place, people who will only occasionally develop or...

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(Re)Finding my way in Microsoft’s Integration Offering

I have, as always, been very busy with integration. On premise that is. Microsoft’s cloud integration offering has been all over the place for the last couple of years and to be honest, I wouldn’t have recommended it to customers. Enterprise customers need some sort of security for the future and can’t rely on services that will be suddenly discontinued. Finally there is some light at the end of the tunnel. Integration is...

Deliberately slow down BizTalk by using throttling 0

Deliberately slow down BizTalk by using throttling

BizTalk by itself is not the fastest message broker there is. It relies heavily on SQL Server instead of in-memory queues. BizTalk isn’t slow, far from it, but there are other  systems, like Mule or WSO2, that will process messages even faster. You will loose some control, but that’s the trade-of you make if you need to process messages the fastest way possible. But speed isn’t everything, especially since you rely on the capabilities of...

Open source middleware: is Mule ESB the Next Big Thing? 14

Open source middleware: is Mule ESB the Next Big Thing?

Some of you may or may not know that I have been busy with a Mule ESB implementation last year. Partly because I had some time in which I could help a client and partly because it never hurts to dive into a new technology and see for yourself what it’s like. It never hurts to know what else is on the market, especially in open-source-land. Getting lost in an open source...

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Mule ESB: Reading data from a JDBC endpoint Stored Procedure call

As some of you may know I have also been busy with some open source middleware, specifically Mule ESB, by Mulesoft. The first thing I noticed was that there’s really not that much information to be found online for all the cases you encounter. It makes starting development harder than at first glance. Added to the fact that I had some shortcomings when it comes to Java, as a .Net...

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European BizTalk Summit 2014 – Day 2

So, this is the second part of a report I am doing on the European BizTalk Summit 2014. I will discuss the second day in this post, the first day is to be found here. The second day was just as fully packed as the first day, lots of talks, lots of people and a great lunch. Exposing Operational data to Mobile devices using Windows Azure (Kent Weare) Kent Weare took...

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European BizTalk Summit 2014 – Day 1

I just arrived back home from London, where I attended the European BizTalk Summit. Saravana (BizTalk 360) did a great job organizing it and had all these speakers fly in from all over Europe and beyond, and of course Guru (let’s call him the BizTalk boss) was also there to talk about BizTalk’s latest. Speakers where mostly non-Microsoft, which resulted in a mix of praising Microsoft on a job well...