BizTalk Blogs

As part of today’s BizTalk class our instructor Mark Berry had a list of recommended blogs. For convenience I’ve listed these below, as well as in my Arcane Links section. Enjoy…

BizTalk Resources

Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk Blog
http://geekswithblogs.net/sthomas/Default.aspx

Jon Flanders Blog
http://www.masteringbiztalk.com/blogs/jon/

Charles Young Blog
http://geekswithblogs.net/cyoung/Default.aspx

Lee Graber Blog
http://blogs.msdn.com/biztalk_core_engine/default.aspx

Scott Colestock’s Trace of Thought
http://www.traceofthought.net/

Richard Seroter’s Architecture Musings
http://seroter.wordpress.com/ (Current Blog)
http://blogs.msdn.com/RichardBPI/ (Previous blog from Microsoft)

Brian Loesgen Blog
http://geekswithblogs.net/bloesgen/Default.aspx

Busy Week

I’m in a training class this week put on by Dunn Training. Our instructor is Mark Berry, and he really knows his stuff. I’ve learned a lot about BizTalk in just one day. Downside though is the days are long, which is going to leave me little time for blogging so if my posts are spotty, that’s why.

I found a really great post by Keith Elder on good communications. It’s one of the better written articles on the subject with clear cut examples. Well worth the read.

Don’t forget Atlanta Code Camp this Saturday, March 29th! Tons of great sessions.

.Net University – BizTalk

Earlier this week I was privilidged to attend the first .Net University for BizTalk. It was a very informative day long session, I feel like I now have a grasp on at least the fundementals of BizTalk and can talk intelligently about it. I have a long way to go, of course, but this was a great launching point.

If you are not familiar with .Net University, you need to check out their website http://www.dotnet-u.com/ . All of the slide decks, labs, and other courseware are availble not only for you to look at, but to use in doing your own presentation. Your user group or business could put on it’s very own .Net University using the supplied materials. Don’t worry if you are not a guru, they are even publishing videos of the sessions for you to watch and see how the “pros” did it. Currently courseware is available for .Net 3.0 and BizTalk, and the video sessions for .Net 3.0 were just released. They videoed the presentations at the BizTalk session I was in, so I would expect them to be released in the near future. Coming soon will be courseware for Sharepoint and Silverlight.

.Net University was the brainchild of Microsoft Developer Evangelist Doug Tunure ( http://blogs.msdn.com/dougturn/ ). Recently he and Mark Dunn of Dunn Training (http://www.dunntraining.com/) went to TechEd in Asia and used .Net U there. Mark Dunn recorded interviews and talked about it in a recent Dot Net Rocks episode (#288: http://www.dotnetrocks.com/default.aspx?showNum=288 ). Take a listen, they do a better job of explaining it than I can. Mark, by the way, was also one of the presenters at the BizTalk session I was in.

If your user group is looking for a good opportunity to reach out to the community, consider putting on your own .Net U. You can do it in one day, or break it into two or four sessions. Looks like there will be a lot of good material to get you started, and you can even get certificates to present to your attendees.

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