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John Watson The Pragmatic Enthusiast December 2004 Entries
Accessing input filename in an orchestration
I recently needed to access the incoming filename in an orchestration and found it difficult to find the simple answer. I found a few examples of doing so in a pipeline adapter and a couple of cryptic answers on newsgroups but nothing plain and simple. The incoming filename is made available in the message context and can be accessed via: IncomingMsgName(FILE.Receiv... Hope this helps somebody and saves some time. ......

Posted On Saturday, December 11, 2004 4:39 PM

PDC 2005 Announced (Sept. 13-16, 2005)

Found this via Jeff's blog.

Posted On Tuesday, December 7, 2004 9:36 PM

New BizTalk Deployment with NAnt
Scott has a major update to his award winning BizTalk deployment script.

Posted On Tuesday, December 7, 2004 8:05 PM

First snow in Southern NH
We had our first storm of the season today. The morning news show had a rolling list of school delays and cancellations and the morning commute took longer than usual. By the end of the day, my truck was covered with a sheet of ice and freezing rain was falling steadily. The ride home took twice as long as usual and the roads were slushy. So why would someone want to live in this? A couple of reasons come to mind - the kids are settled in at great schools and we don't want to disrupt them. And this: ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 7, 2004 7:10 PM

New Technology Study Group - Weds., Dec. 8, 2004
This Wednesday we will be covering virtual machine technology from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. I will give an overview of Virtual PC 2004 and Virtual Server 2005 as well as drilling down on various details and how I use them. Since I've only ever tried the VM Ware demos a couple of times, I would be interested if somebody who's using their products could offer comparisons and contrasts to VPC. Looking forward to seeing everybody then. Don't forget to bring a “non-dessert“ dish and stay ......

Posted On Monday, December 6, 2004 7:37 AM

A toe in the water
I've been reading blogs for almost 18 months now and find them both fascinating and a valuable source of information. I've responded to other's blogs when I felt compelled but never felt the urge to start my own. After seeing many friends jumping on the bandwagon, seeing the “live” posts at Chris Sells' Applied XML conference while attending, and talking with Chris Pels, Jeff Julian, DonXML and others I decided to take the plunge. As for my background, I started programming on the Apple ......

Posted On Monday, December 6, 2004 1:04 AM

A little history
The Boston .NET User Group grew out of a core group of individuals who had been active in the Visual Basic Professionals User Group. We wanted “more” in terms of moving into distributed computing and internet-based programming. In addition, we all felt that .NET would be the future of Microsoft-based programming so we wanted to get started as early as possible. My own personal involvement began when I worked for a software company called CODA Finanacials. Some local folks, including Pat ......

Posted On Sunday, December 5, 2004 8:01 PM

HOWTO: Add a BlogRoll to .TEXT

It took me a few minutes to figure this one out. Somehow I expected to see a specific option related to “BlogRolls” but couldn’t seem to find it. Turns out that all I needed to do was add a link under a *category* call “BlogRoll”.  Duh.

Posted On Sunday, December 5, 2004 7:45 PM

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