BizTalk NoS: Your BizTalk Dev Buddy whitepaper

I’ve been a big fan of this amazing Visual Studio Addin for BizTalk Server since the first days that Nino Crudele decided to create this resource. I still remember the long hours during the night that we were discussing the features and testing this addin using skype. And I have continued to be a fan since BizTalk360 took over this resource.

The purpose of BizTalk NoS Ultimate is to help all BizTalk Developer, and why not, all BizTalk Administrators, in a lot of different situations, by improving the developer experience and reducing the development time in new or existing BizTalk projects, providing better documentation and help to troubleshoot some scenarios/issues you may encounter. But it is mainly a Visual Studio Add-in that enables BizTalk Server developers to be more efficient.

BizTalk development is not pretty easy and requires a lot of patience sometimes, and anyone who has worked with BizTalk long enough will acknowledge this statement. For instance:

  • It takes immense effort to find out the internal & external dependencies between different artifacts (schemas, maps, orchestrations, and so on).
  • Testing pipelines within the Visual Studio is not possible.

Some tasks occupy a massive time during development and eventually may delay the project. Unfortunately, no other tool in the market helps in making the BizTalk developer’s lives easier. That is why I love this tool: BizTalk NoS Ultimate.

BizTalk NoS: Your BizTalk Dev Buddy

And now, I also decided to create a whitepaper in a way to be a step-by-step guide to help you get started with the tool and explain all the features available like:

  • Quick search inside artifacts
  • Fast DLL register/unregister in GAC
  • Find critical, internal, or external dependencies
  • JackHammering, which will compare your VS artifact with the artifact deployed in the BizTalk environment
    • With this feature, you can also extract the artifact (Orchestration, map, Schema, and so on) from the BizTalk environment and put it in the VS solution
  • Test your pipeline in VS simply

And many more functionalities that will be useful in our day-by-day work and a time saver in a lot of situations.

BizTalk NoS Ultimate is available for the following BizTalk Server versions:

  • BizTalk Server 2020 – Visual Studio 2019
  • BizTalk Server 2016 – Visual Studio 2015
  • BizTalk Server 2013 R2 – Visual Studio 2013
  • BizTalk Server 2013 R2 – Visual Studio 2013

Where can I download it?

You can download the whitepaper here:

Author: Sandro Pereira

Sandro Pereira lives in Portugal and works as a consultant at DevScope. In the past years, he has been working on implementing Integration scenarios both on-premises and cloud for various clients, each with different scenarios from a technical point of view, size, and criticality, using Microsoft Azure, Microsoft BizTalk Server and different technologies like AS2, EDI, RosettaNet, SAP, TIBCO etc. He is a regular blogger, international speaker, and technical reviewer of several BizTalk books all focused on Integration. He is also the author of the book “BizTalk Mapping Patterns & Best Practices”. He has been awarded MVP since 2011 for his contributions to the integration community.

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