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Today's enterprise applications demand high levels of reliability, scalability, availability, and interoperability. These demands have fueled the growth of complex service-oriented architectures (SOA) built on industry standards such as Web services and XML-based messages. The added complexity of these types of applications has increased the requirement for powerful tools and platforms. With the release of BizTalk Server 2004 Microsoft has provided a powerful, cost-effective platform for developing and implementing message-based architectures, B2B applications, and enterprise application integration (EAI) projects. BizTalk tools are hosted within Visual Studio .NET, so applications can now leverage the full power of the .NET Framework, providing nearly endless extensibility. In this article we will look at the components of BizTalk Server 2004 that are required to... (more)