When I first decided to learn about BizTalk, I went to Microsoft’s site and downloaded the 120-day evaluation copy along with all of the available documentation and tutorials. I worked my way through one of the tutorials, and I then purchased a book about BizTalk. Even though the book and the Microsoft documentation were helpful, I still did not feel comfortable with my level of understanding of the product. The problem I had with those materials is that they were reference works written by experts who I think forgot what it was like to learn a new, complicated subject. Also, it seemed as if the tutorials were designed to show off the capabilities of the product rather than serve as a learning aid.
As part of my education, I decided to create and test my own simple application and keep notes as I went, because I wasn’t sure when I would get to use BizTalk for a client. The notes were to be a refresher when called upon by a client to use BizTalk. Those notes morphed into this book.
ROBERT LOFTIN has extensive experience as a development manager, project leader, application architect, and senior Visual Basic .NET developer, who has been involved in managing, designing and developing projects on multiple hardware and operating system platforms and for all software development life cycle phases. He has experience in .NET, web, client/server, imaging, and OOD technologies.