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BizTalk Server provides many features that enable organizations to continuously improve their business processes, their level of customer service and their bottom line; however, most .NET developers and architects have never examined the product. This article will introduce the reader to many of BizTalk's features and discuss their benefits. BizTalk Artifacts The first BizTalk feature discussed in this article is composed of four artifacts that are used in almost all BizTalk applications: schemas, maps, orchestrations, and pipelines. Each of these artifacts has a related Visual Studio designer. SCHEMAS Schemas are simply XML Schemas. Schemas are templates for the messages that BizTalk receives, processes, and sends. They are edited in Visual Studio using the BizTalk Schema Editor that comes with BizTalk. Schemas are the base BizTalk artifacts and they are like norma... (more)

BizTalk Application Styles

BizTalk is a broad and inherently flexible product that can be used to build a large variety of applications; however, it exists to solve very complicated problems, it has a long ramp-up time associated with it, and many people simply find it too daunting to consider. As a reaction to these hurdles, this article will discuss different application styles that can be built with BizTalk instead of attempting to describe it and its features. A set of questions for determining when BizTalk Server could be used will also be presented. We won't try to cover all the application styles t... (more)