Archive for August, 2009

Using the Sharepoint Adapter is quite straight forward, however you have to setup and configure some things to get it running. This is how I did:

  1. I installed Sharepoint 2007 on my BizTalk 2009 VPC.
  2. I modified the BizTalk installation on the VPC (re-ran the setup.exe), and included the Sharepoint Adapter Web Service. The Sharepoint adapter has two parts, the actual adapter in BizTalk and this webservice. The webservice must be installed on the Sharepoint server (run the BizTalk setup.exe on the server that Sharepoint is installed and install only this webservice).
  3. I extended the site in Sharepoint (I have problems configuring the Sharepoint adapter in BizTalk Configuration otherwise).
    In Central Administration > Application Management > Create or Exten Web Application, I did the following:
    – I selected web application= “Sharepoint 80”.
    – Port = “8080”.
    – The rest, I left default.
  4. Then, I reconfigured the identity of the application pool “BTSharePointAdapterWSAppPool” from “Network service” to “Administrator” (this account has rights to the Sharepoint site, which is a must!).
  5. Then, in BizTalk Configuration MMC, then I checked “Enable Windows Sharepoint Adapter on this computer”, on the Sharepoint Adapter page. 
     On “Windows Sharepoint Services Adapter Web Site” I selected my newly extended site “SharePoint – 8080”.
  6. Added the BizTalk account (the account running BizTalk) to the “Sharepoint Enabled Host” group using the Computer Management MMC.
  7. Then I restared my BizTalk host (must be done).
  8. Then, I created a receive and send port in BizTalk. The Receive is just a plain file port which could take any file with a passthrough pipeline. In the send port I set the filter to the BTS.ReceivePortName as the name of my Receiveport. Then, I set the transport type of the send port to “Windows Sharepoint Services” and pipeline to “Passthrough” and pressed configure to set the following values:
    – Adapter Web Service Port = 8080
    – Desination Folder URL = Documents (name of Sharpoint Library)
    – Filename = %MessageID%
    – Overwrite = Rename
    – Sharepoint Site URL = http://<name_of_server>:8080 (replace <name_of_server> with the name of the server where SharePoint is installed).
    – Microsoft Office Integration = No
  9. Then, I simply dropped a file to the receive location, and it was sucessfully imported into Sharepoint.
  10. If you want to have a better name than the MessageID, you could use the %Filename% macro, but then you have to make your own custom pipeline to set the %Filename% property first.

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If you have problems using multipart messages or schemas that reference other schemas in BizTalk-projects when unit testing in Visual Studio 2008, there is a solution for it in the latest BizTalk HotRod issue. Check it out here: http://biztalkhotrod.com/Documents/Issue7_Q3_2009.pdf 

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I found these sites on the net: http://www.lenshoods.co.uk/ and http://www.lenshoods.net/.  These sites describes how to make your own lens hoods using paper. I guess you can print out the lens hood on paper, then use it as a template and cut it out in bendable plastic instead. I thinking of doing this for my Nikon 35-70 2,8, and clue that created hood onto the original HB-3 hood. The HB-3 hood is quite small, and the template on these sites are bigger, so I guess it should work and create a much better lens hood.

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Nikon 35-70 2,8

After reads too many reviews, I decided to buy the old Nikon 35-70 2,8 lens lens. This lens is supposed to have the same optical performance as the newer Nikon 24-70 2,8, but at a much lesser price (since it’s discontinued). The lens is built in metallic, since it is a professional lens. It’s bigger and heavier then consumer level zoom lenses, but much smaller that the huge Nikon 24-70 2,8.

One of the drawbacks is that the range is not optimal for a DX camera (since the DX crop factor makes the 35mm the lens to effectively 52mm, which is  not so wide). The autofocus is also a bit slower than the newer Nikon 24-70.

Another drawback is that this lens is suppose to flare quite easily, at lease when shooting directly at the sun. The lens hood is not the best, my lens came with the HB-3 lens hood. I’ve read on numerous forums that other lens hood should minimize this behaviour, and I have ordered the Nikon HB-18 to try out instead. All lens hoods with the filter size 62mm could work for this lens, however some may cause it to vignette (especially on an FX camera). I ordered the The HB-18, which is used on the Nikon 28-105 3.5-4.5, but it didn’t fit, it had a different attachment :-(. Others have reported that lens hood HB-15, which is used on the Nikon 70-300 ED, should work fine on DX (and almost eliminate the flare problem) .

The lens is a push-pull zoomed, instead of twisting for zooming. As I read on the net, some does not like this, but after using the lens for a day, I have no problem at all pushing and pulling to zoom. The front of the lens does rotate during focusing, which is not so good when using polarize filters. If you can live with these drawbacks (I can), you will have a stunning lens which takes crisp and sharp images!

Here is two images of the lens:

Nikon 35-70 2,8

Nikon 35-70 2,8 extendedExtended to 35mm

And some example photos (this is shoot with the “macro” mode, this lens has a button to use for macro in 35mm, manual focus only), which seems to work quite well:

Nikon 35-70 2,8 Macro - Flower with butterfly

Nikon 35-70 2,8 Macro - Flower

Nikon 35-70 2,8 Macro - Flower with bee

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Nikon has released the Nikon Coolpix s1000pj digital compact camera, which is the first digital camera which has a built in projector for showing pictures. Checkout the video on youtube! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvOb__nY2oU&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fnikonrumors%2Ecom%2F&feature=player_embedded

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