Adithi

•April 26, 2007 • 1 Comment

Kids are miracles from heaven . we had our little Miracle on Aprill 11 2007 ;our little daughter Adithi, In a few weeks my life has tottally changed , Unlike many people who say there will be so much stress once you get kids ,strangely i find myself more at peace , That is not to say she is not waking up in the night or anything ,but watching these little ones are truly a different experience . The experience of parenthood is definitely enlightening .

I have her pictures here http://www.abhilash.in/adithi/adithi.htm

BizTalk Services Announced

•April 24, 2007 • Leave a Comment

Some time back when I blogged about the future of BizTalk I got some pretty interesting comments , at that time I felt I could not reply more as it was still under NDA . Now that it is not as of today Microsoft is announcing BizTalk in the cloud or to give the newly christened name BizTalk services

What are BizTalk Services?
These services, which have been in internal incubation for the past year, represent hosted versions of some technologies developed in the Connected Systems Division. Included in this set of services are:
o Message routing – think of this as firewall friendly B2B messaging (Available now)
o Simple publish/subscribe event brokering – Pub/Sub at Internet scale (Coming soon)
o Simple federated identity and access control (Available now)
o Workflow processes – Simple templates for cross-organization integration and the orchestration of business processes interacting with multiple services (Coming soon)

Now that these services are in external mode ( pre-alpha ) MS will now host and manage the Infrastructure on a best-efforts basis. (No SLA) . This is presently free though need not be down the road .

This move as you will probably realise is in essence with Microsofts Software + Services vision

BizTalk Services will be available via labs.biztalk.net.

Morfik Patents AJAX compiler

•April 3, 2007 • Leave a Comment

Just saw this post at slashdot . From all I understood about reading through the whole text , It converts code written in any language to another format( Let us ignore that it is Javascript for a moment here ) and the fact that it is now becomes executable in browser . Doesn’t that make it a compiler of some sort . and here I was thinking you cant patent something like a compiler unless you are essentialy demonstrating a significant application. I guess I was wrong.

Things like Google Web Toolkit was around since 2006 , But on further read the interesting note is
“This application relates to U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 60/714,285 filed on Sep. 6, 2005 entitled SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SYNTHESIZING OBJECT-ORIENTED CODE INTO BROWSER-SIDE JAVASCRIPT.””

Does this bring a leagal question over all AJAX based platforms ? Anyway looks like Morfil Legal team is already in action

Well I was waiting for the days when the whole Rules Editor in Biztalk would be available over AJAX like front ends for business users. Ah looks like I will need to wait a little while longer..

BizTalk or WF vs BizTalk and WF

•March 23, 2007 • 5 Comments

Well it is interesting to imagine what the future of a product will be that you love very passionaltely . I am of course talking about Biztalk . Ever since WF was announced and was shipped there was a question
Is WF going to replace Biztalk .
Is R2 going to be the last release of biztalk .
What is after R2 V next . What after VNext .
I have heard V Next is going to be based on WF .

That is a lot of questions and No I am not trying to answer them nor am I making any statements . This is just some random spaghetti thoughts that I feel I need to put out of my head .
Well for one I believe BizTalk as a product is NOT going away . It is very much here and it will be here to stay .I am no way discounting the argument that WF lets you do many of the things that Biztalk does today .But my point is how easy is it for you to do something that is already available in Biztalk . BizTalk today is much more than an orchestation engine . It has a very rich adapter story . Building a workflow engine is one thing having the surround story where you can integerate that engine easily with other systems is a totaaly different ballgame . Writing an EDI adapter for your project to connect using workflow project using hand built WF vs what you can achieve with BizTalk and the EDI Adpater that ships out of the box is two different set of efforts and they are very much different . Of course when you see the 23+ adapters shipping out of the box which includes SAP , MQ , Oracle, Peoplesoft , JD Edwards to name a few it is easy to see why I feel that way . Another importnat reason is today enterprises want to make thier integeration as smooth and integerated while being very cost effective . For this they need an integerated help desk . Case in point some enterprise EDI customers who had the Covast accelerator was not happy with the covast support that they recived compared to the level of support that they get for BizTalk . Considering EDI is not going anywhere with the advent of new standards like Rosettanet and eb-XML on the contarary EDI is growing in momentum and is growing about 6% YOY . So these customers will definiely buy a more integerated suite like Biztalk and not probably build or buy external party adapters .

The next release of Biztalk after R2 code named V Next is based on .net 3.0 stack where the WF that you build in Biztlak and the Visual studio will both be the same in fact the designer could be a single one . Also with adpters moving to the new WCF Framework . One could potentially see future adapters built on WCF being consumed by Biztalk ad well as WF . So will biztalk be replaced then , in future . Probably not again becuase Biztalk also does guaranteed delivery and has a high availability model buuilt in which is scalable vertically and horizontally which is again hard to replicate . But if you are a small shop and you want to send some SAP data to your big customer . You probably can use your SAP adapter based on WCF to send data while compromising on lot of enterprise class features at a much lower cost .

Now with R2’s EDI support there would be massive RFID deployment at the edge and there should be some new RFID SKU like the previous partner edition whihc wil make the Biztalk footprint much larger . I know there are other RFID early movers out there but the reason I am willing to bet on BizTalk is I remember back in the 90’s every game that I used to play from Wolfenstein to Jazz Jack Rabbit you need to install the sound driver for every game . same with a word processing you needed to install the driver for every printer which means the app maker has to figure out support for each printer /sound card vendor . But microsoft came out with a unified printer and sound driver model for which you could write your app and now you can plug and play any printer that you like . This is pretty much the model on RFID now so the RFID printer manufactures I am sure is gonna love that . The fact that RFID will be packeged with Biztalk is a master stroke that I gotta give it to Microsoft .

So in relaity both WF and BizTalk is going to remain playing to their own individual strengths .
WF in the smaller integeration efforts with lower cost for trimmed basic functionality and BizTalk giving a true integeration platform or the Service bus for the much larger enterprise.

Indian MVP’s at the summit

•March 23, 2007 • Leave a Comment

Indian MVP’s at the summit

Thanks to Abhishek kant our India MVP Lead for getting all of us together for this nice photograph . I guess there were around 35 MVP’s from India who were at the summit . It was great to meet these folks who represented various facets of IT and who were working on such diverse stuff . The euphoria and the upbeatness of the professionals is amazing.

I was fortunate to meet so many MVP’s from different parts of India working on so many different things

BPEL for Windows Workflow Foundation March CTP

•March 21, 2007 • Leave a Comment

Microsoft has announced the new BPEL for Windows Workflow CTP .This is an add on the for WF .This provides import and export tools for BPEL and includes WF activities representing BPEL for the WF designer in VS 2005. Check it out here

MVP Summit 2007 Day -1

•March 12, 2007 • Leave a Comment

Had a real scare in the morning . I had my flight at 9:55 in the morning . at 8 in the morning I realize it is the new US DST switch today ( It used to be first sunday in April , now it is second sunday in March ) . Luckily Bini has all my bags packed . I got into the first pair of jeans and was rushing to the airport at a normal speed limit . Almost got pulled over by a cop 🙂 .
Flight was on time but since I did not have any big bags and corning being a smalll town was able to board the plane . There was some problem in my connection in Detroit. They made us change planes and got here in the evening . Cheked into the Renaissance , met a few Polish MVP’s and then hit the Party with Palermo . The party was at jilliansbilliards a nice place to hang out . I met Jim Zimmerman, talked about his upcoming book on AJAX . Had a discussion on the value of hosting certain plugins available for visual studio into in an AJAX based browser container, we had some interesting discussionon WCF and VNext . Knocked around a game of pool and got chatting with Mateusz about who are the best programmers in the world . According to him it is Polish and he of course is from Poland 🙂 . He had a few arguments to his theory. He is presently planning a new game for kids .

Took a cab ,got back to the hotel and slept off early which is not anormal practice for me .But I think I will have a busy day tomorrow .

None of our BizTalk apps are facing any issue with DST change yet . I do not anticipate much changes with time put forward . It will be interesting to see how they behave when we fall back .