In my previous post I talked a little bit about what going to happen with BizTalk. It going to be around a very long time and Microsoft has big investment in it and keeps innovating and supporting it. Latest examples of this are recently new published white papers about BizTalk and WCF:
- Using the Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) Adapters in BizTalk Server
- Consuming and Hosting WCF Services with Custom Bindings in BizTalk Server
The new Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) adapters in BizTalk Server 2006 R2 bring the flexibility of WCF to the world of BizTalk Server messaging. The WCF adapters make it possible to define send ports and receive locations that use WCF behind the scenes to integrate with the BizTalk MessageBox database. The first paper involves this. The other paper (second) provides an in-depth explanation on how to use the BizTalk Server WCF adapters for hosting and consuming Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) services with custom bindings. The paper compiles a series of lessons learned based on a real-world implementation of integrating a custom WCF binding with the WCF adapters. Furthermore, key industrial infrastructure concerns such as transaction management and security are discussed in the context of integrating custom WCF bindings and behaviors with the BizTalk Messaging Engine. Also emphasized are a few pragmatic paradigms such as the use of dynamic ports in consuming WCF services. Finally, some key integration challenges are discussed to streamline the correct use of the adapters for solving complex business problems. Interesting reading material.