New BizTalk NoS Addin version available Visual Studio Gallery, the most important new features are:
Two different ways:
- Downloading the adding from Visual Studio Gallery here
- From Visual Studio select Tools\Extensions and Updates, select Online and search the Addin using the word BizTalk in the text box search After this, from Tools\Addin Manager… select Available Add-in and Start
If you have the Beta version already installed I recommend to delete it manually, I tried some experiment and all work well but to be sure could be better to delete the Beta version before.
Delete the Beta version manually is very simple, delete the directory C:\Program Files (x86)\BTSG NoS Addin and delete the Addin file normally present under the directory C:\Users\Administrator\Documents\Visual Studio 2010\Addins oC:\Users\Administrator\Documents\Visual Studio 2010\Addins
New setup engine
Deployment platform changed, in the beta version I used InstallForge, really simple and useful freeware tool to produce simple setup but I need more setup options to do, so I create a new MSI package using Wix platform, this is a great freeware tool and you can find a lot of authoring external tools to create a complex Wix scripting package.
Support for Visual Studio 2010
I tested the BTSG NoS Addin with Visual Studio 2010 architecture and with BizTalk 2010, you can install and use it installing and using it in Visual Studio 2010 and Visual Studio 2013 in the same environment.
The Reflector, at the project level, couldn’t create report, this is a problem with Visual Studio 2010 casting code behavior, the same issue works fine in Visual Studio 2013, I need to fix it with Microsoft.
Visual Studio 2010 and Visual Studio 2013 has a different multithreading model form VS 2013 id based on WPF and uses Dispatcher way, VS 2010 no and it is slower.
BizTalk Services issue:
I’m evaluating what the best new features I can put inside the addin, well, I created the addin to help myself during my work in real, in the next period I will work with BizTalk Services and Azure, so I think that the best thing I can do is to extend the addin in BizTalk Services aspects.
I’m starting to study them in deep and in the meantime I will develop all features I need to work in the best way and fast.
BizTalk Server issue:
Well, there are a lot of features to do, during my work I use a lot of BizTalk features and I always need of the same things, for BAM (Deploy, Views management issue and BLA BLA BLA), Artifacts deployment (in this moment there is a simple but useful feature in the addin, but more could be appreciated by my patience J), fast project an artifact template management, fast artifact search during development (to avoid the use of little combos and so on…), Admin stuff (a lot in my mind)
In the first I want to work in BizTalk Services issue
Guys, have fun with it and for any question, bug or hint, send an email here