At last they have shed some light on what the next version will be :
Service Oriented Architecture
Deeper alignment with the .NET Framework – Building deeply on the investments made with Windows Communication Foundation and Windows Workflow Foundation by closer alignment of these technologies and BizTalk Server to enable customers to build richer composite applications and service oriented architectures than they can today.
Hosted Services – BizTalk Services, which represent hosted versions of a core set of platform services. While currently in incubation, BizTalk Services is an Internet Service Bus (ISB) that combines identity and access control, message routing (relay), and publish/subscribe event brokering (eventing). For more information, see BizTalk Labs.
Broader Model Support – Building on the work with XLANG (BizTalk Server) and XAML (WF) by providing a richer set of domain-specific models
Runtime – Building on the host investments made with WF and BizTalk Server, to enhance the deployment and management experience of composite applications.
Business Process Management
Human Tasks – Integration with SharePoint Server to provide expanded support for human task-based scenarios.
Model Driven – Enhancements to existing visual modeling and design experiences that span roles and help foster team collaboration.
Complex Event Processing – Enhancements to BAM to provide broader monitoring support.
complete post, have a look here
Well at first I started with the Testking exam. After completing the Real exam I can tell that it was a real waste of money.
The questions were completely different and in the testking exams BAM is only touched where in the real exam there where quite some questions about BAM.
Ok now … how to prepare for this exam.
Create a nice BizTalk solution
Make sure you use party resolution in this solution
Make sure you use correlation in it.
Send a message to a webservice that require authentication.
Use a business rule with a database fact.
Use business rules that assert and retract
make sure you deploy the solution
Run messaages through it.
See what happens if the orchestrations are not started.
See what happens if the Rules are not deployed.
Remeber the name of each tool you use
Know the stages of the pipelines
Finally Create a BAM view in Excel
Deploy the BAM View and deploy the tracking profile
See if it works in the BAM WebSite
Now modify the BAM view Slightly
Update the BAM view
See if it works with the modified View in the BAM WebSite
Try to do some BAMMING with continuations.
Know your persistency points
Sometimes you are really asked of the name how a thing is called inside the designer. So you should remember them. What’s the name of the BAM function (you know where you export and defina activities). What is the actual name of the place where you defina a correlation Type / Set etc.
I passed mine today. And I am happy with it.
Have a read of this article :
Killing the Command message: should we use Events or Documents ?
The second option feels very natural if you are a BizTalk developer. But you have to read the article first to understand this remark.
I use bloglines (http://www.bloglines.com/) to monitor several BizTalk related blogs.
First of all, I saw a post of Jesus Rodriguez about some SOA Tips.Via his blog I ended up at the blog of David Pallman. Now this guys has some interesting tips on WCF.
WCF Tips #1 – Service Interface Design
WCF Tips #2 – Service Class Design
WCF Tips #3 – Service Hosting
WCF Tips #4 – Configuration
WCF Tips #5 – Infrastructure
WCF Tips #6 – Instrumentation
WCF Tips #7 – Clients
I believe it was the next day, I read something from Tomas Restrepo about the same David Pallman and him stressing the importance of tip 4 (WCF Tips #4 – Configuration). So I read a little about those defaults and understood the problems that they could cause.
And this morning I found a post about just this topic. Its a post from Tim Rayburn and has to do with serializing a huge XML file. Have a read of the article here. The defaults provided by svcutil were just not good enough for him. So he is in a way proving the point of Tomas.