Go Buy The Book “Professional BizTalk Server 2006”

I recently purchased a copy of Darren Jefford’s new Professional BizTalk Server 2006 book and am quite pleased with the material.

I had the pleasure of checking this book out during its construction, and must admit, my first thought during that review was “wow, this is great … but it seems to be a bit of a brain dump.” It seemed like lots of great topics and points, but I didn’t grasp the continuity (probably because I was skipping through chapters, and, reading them out of order). Now that I’m holding the printed copy, I am REALLY impressed with the organization and content. I love the other BizTalk 2006 books out there, but this is now my favorite. I just bought an armful of copies for my team.

So what’s good about it? My favorite things were:

  • Most thorough investigation of adapters and specific adapter settings and properties that I’ve seen
  • Excellent content on BAM that provided me with a few “lightbulb” moments
  • The most printed material in existence on the Business Rules Engine
  • Outstanding perspectives and details on testing (unit/integration/perf , etc) and tools
  • Strong details on performance tuning (complimentary to the Pro BizTalk 2006 material), and low-latency tuning
  • Sufficient depth on BizTalk Administration, still the most criminally under-documented part of the BizTalk lifecycle

Great stuff. Darren (and Kevin and Ewan) should be very proud of this effort. This book is simply required reading for any BizTalk architect.

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Author: Richard Seroter

Richard Seroter is Director of Developer Relations and Outbound Product Management at Google Cloud. He’s also an instructor at Pluralsight, a frequent public speaker, the author of multiple books on software design and development, and a former InfoQ.com editor plus former 12-time Microsoft MVP for cloud. As Director of Developer Relations and Outbound Product Management, Richard leads an organization of Google Cloud developer advocates, engineers, platform builders, and outbound product managers that help customers find success in their cloud journey. Richard maintains a regularly updated blog on topics of architecture and solution design and can be found on Twitter as @rseroter.

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