Friday, December 12, 2008

How to Create, Deploy and Test a Biztalk 2009 Application.


One Java guy asked me hey Sreeni , How come Microsoft  very successful in  Software Business ?

I told him You know what Microsoft Talk in  Biztalk that is why?


In this post i am going to show you how to create new Biztalk application using VS.NET 2008

First Create a Empty Biztalk Server project and name as per your application




Next we need create the Schema (XSD) .  This is nothing but the Biztalk Message structure.

here we are going to create a Schema called  Contacts which has the following  Fields.

1) Name -string

2) Phone string

3) Age -Integer

4) Email -string

To Add Schema to the project we need to right click on project name and select Schema Template

as shown below.


Here is the Schema [ here I am promoted the Age Field.   I will  explain What is Property Promotion? in Next Post.]


Once you have created the Schema you can Generate Instance of the Schema,  Validate the schema ,Validate Instance of the Schema..

Here is the Instance  of the above schema

- <ns0:Contact xmlns:ns0="http://SreeniSchema.SreeniContact">







Next Step we need to Add Strong Name to the project.

Why Strong Name?

If you want to deploy .NET assemblies in to GAC you need to give Strong name to that Assembly before deploying into GAC. 

So All BizTalk projects are .NET assemblies, and they are deployed into the global assembly
cache (GAC). 

Strong names help the .NET Framework(CLR) uniquely identify assemblies in the GAC.
Strong names require a strong name key. The strong name key is generated by the sn.exe
tool, which is part of the .NET Framework SDK.

To Create Strong Name key you can using SN.EXE from VS.NET command prompt or you can do it in  VS.NET 2008  IDE itself.


Now compile and Deploy the project [ This will deploy the schema into Biztalk Message Box]

Here is the GAC location on Windows  C:\windows\Assembly and  you can see the schema is Installed in the GAC.




Now we need to Create Receive and Send ports.   The Messages arrive  into Biztalk Via Receive ports  goes out via Send ports.  Port is  Mapped to  a Location where Biztalk Service Application get message from.   For example  File , HTTP, MSMQ, WCF Service, etc...


Now time to Launch a Biztalk Admin Console to configure the PORTS as shown.



1) Creating Receive PORT



2) Configuring Receive Location as FILE Adapter where BTS will pickup a Message from ( Message type is  the Schema we created).



3)  Creating Send Ports  And Configuring the Filters  .  In the beginning I mentioned that I promoted the AGE  Filed element in our Schema.   based on AGE  I am filter the Message

Here i am configured the Send port to receive the message only if AGE is 50 .

This Type of Message Routing also called  CBR - Content Based Message Routing . 

If you promote the filed in Schema  you can  access that Filed  content inside PORTS, Biztalk Orchestration, Pipeline etc.



Once you configured the  Receive and Send ports now you can test the  Application.

Now Take the Instance of the Schema Message XML  file Drop into  IN Folder after 2 to 3 second the file will disappeared  from in folder and goes into  Out Folder as shown below.

Please Make sure that Age is 50 other wise the message wont routed to OUT folder.


Sample Message

<ns0:Contact xmlns:ns0="http://SreeniSchema.SreeniContact">








One of my best friends  working on  OTM and BTS  Integration Project . He is good in OTM Oracle but  he is new to BTS server, so  I thought of Blogging  this  small BTS Application HOL for HIM.

His name is Raghu  and he working as Architect with HITACHI Consulting.



1 comment:

Sheo Narayan said...

Hey Sreeni,

The top paragraph is awesome. Do you have such this kind of article on creating a sample BizTalk Server 2006 R2 application to talk with TCP client?