Patterns and Practices are very critical in any software development project. Problems tend to recur, and we tend to solve them time and time again. Over time we tend to address these problems in a more and more elegant way. Understanding the common patterns and solutions that’s already been widely in the industry greatly increases the chances of success for any solution.
That’s exactly what Dan Rosanova attempted to address in his book BizTalk Serve 2010 patterns. He is a good friend of mine from the MVP community and I can safely attest he is a knowledgeable guy when it comes to BizTalk Server.
In this book Dan provided a thorough introduction to Microsoft BizTalk Server 2010, covering breadth of the product in the first half of the book. In the second half of the book Dan has taken a real world scenario and embarked on the process of adapting BizTalk Server 2010 with interesting patterns and best practices.
The book also covers the breadth of the BizTalk solution life cycle right from defining Visual Studio solution structure to disaster recovery and administration. Various topologies, clustering options, etc are covered.
As the heading suggests various patterns like convoys, zombies, parallel processing, broker pattern etc are explained in detail. I’ll highly recommend this book for anyone starting to look into BizTalk Server. A success of the product will depend on the level of documentation and resources available. In that sense, it really exciting time to be in BizTalk world with the list of books that’s came in 2011
and the line up for 2012.