Training a new developer

May 27, 2011 at 5:13 pm Leave a comment

Next Monday I’ll begin to train a new BizTalk developer to assist me with new projects that have surfaced in the last weeks.

First of all I’m going to provide her with some important free tools very useful for me in several integration projects:

  1. Notepad ++ (http://notepad-plus-plus.org/). This Notepad on steroids is very useful to format and edit XML files. It also has a lot fo very interesting plugins that allow you to perform all sorts of tricks on your XML, for example HTML encode or decode or print format a continues XML stream.
  2. Dan Sharp XML Viewer (http://www.bizbert.com/bizbert/2007/11/25/DanSharp+XmlViewer.aspx). Dan Sharp’s application is very lightweight but allows you to quickly test your XPATH queries and validate your XML files against an XSD.
  3. SOAPUI (http://sourceforge.net/projects/soapui/files/soapui/4.0-beta1/). Whenever you need to test web services for debugging or functional testing purposes this tool proves itself to be a very intuitive and useful application
  4. Microsoft Network Monitor (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?familyid=983b941d-06cb-4658-b7f6-3088333d062f&displaylang=en). There will be times when you need to analyze the specific data that is being
    received or sent over the network between BizTalk and the systems it connects to. In these cases Microsoft’s Network Monitor always come in handy.
  5. Microsoft DebugView (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896647). An easy way to find out what is going on inside your orchestrations is to use the Microsoft DebugView tool to inspect the information processed in them. To generate debug data that can be visible using DebugView you only need to add an Expression Shape inside your orchestration and add a line like this: System.Diagnostics.Debug.WriteLine(HereGoesAnXMLVar.InnerXml);

If you know of any other tools useful in developing or supporting BizTalk solutions feel free to share them in your comments below.

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