Congrats to the BizTalk team for getting the ESB Toolkit out the door. This marks a serious milestone in this package. No longer just a CodePlex set of bits (albeit a rich one), but now a supported toolkit (download here) with real Microsoft ownership. Check out the MSDN page for lots more on what’s in the Toolkit.
I’ve dedicated a chapter to the Toolkit in my book, and also recently recorded a webcast on it. You’ll see that online shortly. Also, the upcoming Pro BizTalk 2009 book, which I’m the technical reviewer for, has a really great chapter on it by the talented Peter Kelcey.
The main message with this toolkit is that you do NOT have to install and use the whole thing. Want dynamic transformation as a standalone service? Go for it. Need to resolve endpoints and metadata on the fly? Try the resolver service. Looking for a standard mechanism to capture and report on exceptions? Take a look at the exception framework. And so on.