NxBRE Project Seems To Have Gone Dormant

September 1, 2009

Not sure why I didn’t spot this before, but it appears that the NxBRE project (a .NET rule engine) has recently gone dormant. Cheers to David for all the work he put in over the years.

Farewell To Popfly

July 17, 2009

The official Popfly blog states that the service is being shut down.

I’m a little sad to see a neat mashup tool get shut down. The integration with Silverlight and the ability to use the Popfly widgets on the Windows desktop were unique features.

I wish the best of luck to the Popfly team in their next endeavors.

BizTalk Server 2009 Released

May 3, 2009

If you were watching for it, some recent press confirms that BizTalk Server 2009 is now available.

Read the rest of this entry »

Windows Defender Potential Interaction with BizTalk BRE

March 28, 2009

If you are running both BizTalk BRE and Windows Defender, you may want to note that the BizTalk 2006 R2 documentation at MSDN has been updated recently to take into account a recent interaction with Windows Defender. The issue with Windows Defender was corrected immediately, and the fix for affected machines is simply adding localhost back to the hosts file.

This is the 2006 R2 documentation, but I believe the issue could also affect 2004, 2006, and 2009 Beta.

Cloud Rules

December 7, 2008

These days, I tend to err on the side of saying less about what we are working on. In general, my current approach is one of only talking about products that have already shipped or topics where I can point towards published materials. That’s part of joining a new company and learning what you can and can’t talk about – so I err on the side of caution these days.

Read the rest of this entry »

Surveying the Platform Player Rules Acquisitions

December 7, 2008

Jim Sinur of Gartner has a fairly recent post where he surveys the platform players and their recent acquisitions of rules technologies. Jim looks at each player and gives his opinions on their offerings, the technology they purchased, and what they will likely do with it.

Read the rest of this entry »

Thanks to the BRE survey participants

December 6, 2008

Many thanks to those readers who participated in the Microsoft BizTalk BRE survey that Charles Young pointed to in his blog.

In the future, I will endeavor to link to such surveys from this blog as well.

Charles mentioned in his post that he would liked to have seen a more “forward looking” survey, but hasn’t (as yet) followed up with any clarifications.

If you missed the survey, or have comments regarding it – I would love to hear from you.

Microsoft RoboChamps Competitions

November 14, 2008

Since I have already linked to my employer once today, I might as well post this too.

There is a series of challenges involving the programming of simulated robots at our RoboChamps site. Working with simulated robots should be familiar to those of us who have worked with RoboCup (or the simulated version) or TankSoar. The challenges include such tasks as navigating a maze, driving in an urban environment, sumo wrestling against another robot, and more. A soccer challenge looks to be coming soon under the name “Tournament”.

Read the rest of this entry »

Microsoft Solver Foundation

November 14, 2008

In general, I will endeavor to minimize blogrolling and marketing in this blog. That said, those of us in the rules space often have interests in areas such as constraint programming and linear programming.

To those folks, I would like to point out the new Microsoft Solver Foundation. My eye was especially caught by the use of DSLs, and the ability to plug in third-party solvers.