- Paperback: 180 pages
- Publisher: Packt Publishing Limited (March 26, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 178217740X
- ISBN-13: 978-1782177401
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 413 g
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Getting Started with BizTalk Services Paperback – 26 March 2014
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About the Author
Karthik Bharathy is a Lead Program Manager in the BizTalk product group with nearly a decade of software experience. He has been with the product group since the days when BizTalk Services started off as a set of ideas on the drawing board. He has also shipped releases of BizTalk Server, SQL Server, and Visual Studio. In his current role, he oversees the B2B platform experience across industry verticals. He has presented at several Microsoft conferences, including BizTalk Summit US and Europe, TechEd EMEA and US, TechReady US, MVP Summit US, and TechDays India. His passion for computers started at the age of 12 when he coded BASIC on the ZX Spectrum. He graduated from Bangalore University in Computer Science summa cum laude and also holds a management degree from the Indian School of Business. In his spare time, he is usually travelling and is a major foodie. Jon Fancey is an integration veteran who has worked on the Microsoft stack for over 20 years. He is a ninetime Microsoft Integration MVP and has worked closely with both the BizTalk Server and Host Integration Server product groups for nearly a decade. He has presented at many major conferences including TechEd, DevWeek, and the 2014 London BizTalk Summit. He has also written numerous articles and whitepapers for MSDN on BizTalk, SharePoint, and other topics. Jon cofounded Affinus, a UKbased Microsoft partner, with Kevin B. Smith, formerly from the BizTalk product group, shipping the first three versions of the BizTalk product. Affinus works closely with large enterprise customers on interesting integration challenges, helping them move to the cloud. Jon lives in West Sussex, UK, with his wife Fiona and two children, Ben and Tom, and their dog, Dilly.
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Although the authors referring that knowledge of BizTalk Server is neither assumed nor expected, in my opinion is important and very helpful to have this prior knowledge of BizTalk Server to fully understand the book for a simple reason, this is not a step-by-step book that will describe all the steps that you need to do implement solution in BizTalk Services, it will not explain how to create a schema from scratch for example, because it is not the purpose of the book. Nevertheless the code samples provided with the book helps to really understand how to practically apply and strengthen the main concepts of BizTalk Services.
I especially liked the last chapter of the book “Moving to BizTalk Services” that address the challenges of moving BizTalk Server solutions on-premises to BizTalk Services. I have the pleasure to be a speaker in the last BizTalk Summit 2014 – London event along with Jon Fancey where he did a great presentation about “How to move to BizTalk Services” so I recommend you to watch this session after reading this chapter.
Although closely following BizTalk Services since the beta version, and speak about it in many technical sessions, I did learn a few things with the book… so I personally recommend this book to anyone interested in BizTalk Services or in integration technologies whether it be a beginner (with no BizTalk Server knowledge), in this case this case should consider this book as a guide and deepen their knowledge using other sources, or an expert. This book is a perfect start if you wish to start understand BizTalk Services.
Congratulations Karthik Bharathy and Fancey you did a great job!
With Biztalk Services, Microsoft is solving many of the same problems solved by Biztalk Server, but with a new set of artifacts, new vocabulary, and new processes to learn. That's where "Getting Started With BizTalk Services" comes in handy.
Even though the title says "Getting Started", and the authors say they assume no prior BizTalk knowledge, I was pleased to find that the book was quite useful for someone who had plenty of BizTalk experience. Thoroughout the book there are contrasts made between BizTalk Server and WABS. The authors even devote a chapter to "Moving to BizTalk Services", highlighting many of the differences between Biztalk server and WABS.
I also found that I liked the organization of the book. For instance, separating the tasks of Enterprise Application Integration and Business to Business Integration into different chapters. I found this helpful as the two concepts involve very different requirements.
Besides the expected material on the artifacts associated with a WABS solution, the authors also included a chapter on troubleshooting. I found this to be extremely helpful, since most books seem to tell you how to create a greenfield project (the usual "Hello World"), but don't acknowledge how much time is spent with the care and feeding of existing systems.
Overall, a worthy addition to my virtual bookshelf.
BizTalk Services represents the next evolution of the BizTalk Server platform, it’s a major shift from the previous on-premise architecture of BizTalk Server taking the platform to both cloud and hybrid models, as such there are some significant new concepts that engineers need to understand in order to be successful with the new platform. The authors do a great job of articulating this to the reader, the writing style makes the book approachable to both people new to the platform as well as seasoned BizTalk veterans wishing to up skill to the new platform. Jon and Karthik do a great job of guiding the reader through this exciting new technology. I was asked to review the book and found it an extremely useful resource in learning about BizTalk Services.