Category: Technical

Adding a JSON schema to your Logic App – Generate, Copy & Paste 0

Adding a JSON schema to your Logic App – Generate, Copy & Paste

Although I see many Logic Apps triggered by events like schedules or external events like a Twitter message, it’s also possible to trigger it by an HTTP call. A nice feature, but it would be even better if we were able to get the definition in the Logic App as well, so we know what properties we can use in our flow. And you know what? Yes we can! Let’s start by creating an easy Logic App...

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Logic Apps and the purpose of Azure Functions

I have been looking at Azure Logic Apps since last year, but I couldn’t find a purpose for it, except retweeting a tweet. I couldn’t find a real world scenario for it. It was just too limited. There are connectors, but what should I do with the message? Maybe a BizTalk mapping or fire a business rule? And you need BizTalk Services for that. I don’t know about BizTalk Services, but...

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There’s a new kid in town and it is called Azure Functions

A lot of stuff has been announced during the Build Conference this year. A lot of exciting stuff for developers, especially if you are into everything Azure. One of the things I am pretty psyched about is Azure Functions. It seems so arbitrary, but it’s something I – as an integrator – use daily. Just think of all your helper functions (methods) you use in BizTalk, or any other application...

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A very first look at Logic Apps Preview Refresh

Finally! Well, that’s what it feels like in this day and age anyway. We can’t even wait until the next phone gets released, before we even got the last one. But Microsoft refreshed their Logic Apps Preview and took it to the next level. The next level, but for sure not the final level. Just a short post to see what’s new here. I will be playing with it a little more the...

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...

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Slow down BizTalk using an orchestration

Last week I wrote a blog post about slowing down BizTalk using throttling. This method can be good, but it’s also dependant of other factors, like how busy is your machine? Are there any other processes throttling? How severe is the impact? Different circumstances can influence throttling behavior. So it needs some testing, also on your production machine. It turns out the method is not as easy as it seemed. If we want to make...

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Problem deploying Business Rules: The database “BizTalkDb:BizTalkRuleEngineDb” associated with the deployment driver does not match the database “:” specified during product configuration

We encountered a problem when deploying Business Rules on a colleagues development environment, while it wasn’t happening on all the other development environment. We are using the BizTalk Deployment Framework, but the problem will also ocurr when you are not using the Deployment Framework. The error that occurred was: Deploying rule set ‘<RULESET>’ version 1.8… Failed: Microsoft.RuleEngine.RuleEngineDeploymentDBConfigurationMismatchException: The database “BizTalkDb:BizTalkRuleEngineDb” associated with the deployment driver does not match the database...

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...

Shorten the BizTalk HL7 MLLP adapter timeout of 3 seconds (MLLPFlushTimeOut) 1

Shorten the BizTalk HL7 MLLP adapter timeout of 3 seconds (MLLPFlushTimeOut)

Last week I had a problem at a client with the MLLP adapter. All messages sent through an ordered delivery MLLP Send Port were showing delays of about 3 seconds. We kept looking at the wrong places. Since the throughput of the server quadrupled after a merger, we were to focussed on performance problems, but it turned out to be a registry setting. Determined since the messages were sent to systems...