June 13th. Friday the 13th. What could possibly go wrong?! That's when you luckily get to hear our own Robby Powell present how to use Spread for BizTalk Server 2006 in a real-world application to handle Excel data. The title of the talk is Creation of an Order Entry and Fulfillment, and Billing/Invoice Process Using Spread for BizTalk, BizTalk Server 2006, and VS 2005. It's not as complicated as it sounds. This is an hour-long Webcast - part of the Microsoft BizTalk Server Technical Brown Bag Webcast series. When: Friday, June 13, 2008 1:00pm PST, 3:00pm CST, 4:00pm EST, 9:00pm UK For visual: Microsoft Office Live Meeting URL: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/microsoft/join?id=BTSBAG&role=attend&pw=35DKTQ Meeting ID: BTSBAG Meeting Password: 35DKTQ For audio: 866-500-6738 or +1-203-480-8000, Passcode: 221223# (During the call please use *6 to mute your phone to reduce background noise, and *6 again to unmute and ask questions.) The Webcast is available for replay within 24 hours after the session. The PowerPoint presentation is at: \BTSBAG113_RobbyPowell-FarPoint_FarPoint Spread for BizTalk to Read-Write Excel XLS Spreadsheets.ppt . The talk should go for just over an hour. The presentation will step through the creation of a BizTalk Application to produce an automated Order Entry, Invoice Generation and Order Fulfillment system. Through use of FarPoint Spread for BizTalk, BizTalk Server 2006 R2, and Visual Studio 2005, we will create a system that receives Excel (XLS) documents as orders, and creates invoice and inventory pick-list documents. This presentation will take you through the codeless creation of this solution using development tools that are integrated into the Visual Studio 2005 design-time environment. The Spread for BizTalk pipeline disassembler will parse Excel (XLS) data into XML-data, and the Spread for BizTalk pipeline assembler will create PDF and Excel documents from XML-data in the BizTalk Application. Explanation of the use of the BizTalk Mapper and BizTalk Orchestration is also part of this presentation. Spread for BizTalk Server 2006 provides a complete solution for integrating Microsoft Excel data seamlessly into your BizTalk applications. Spread includes a pipeline disassembler that parses Excel data (XLS, Excel 2007 XML, CSV, TXT) into XML, and a pipeline assembler that creates Excel (XLS, Excel 2007 XML) and PDF documents from XML data in BizTalk Applications. Robby Powell is Product Manager, Spread SOA Components, FarPoint Technologies and is pretty good with giving demos and answering questions, so we highly recommend this one. This is classified as a beginner level talk so don't think it's too complicated if you are new to BizTalk or Spread. We were joking about anything going wrong. Robby has done it before, with the early version of BizTalk - we blogged about in FarPoint Spread for BizTalk - Technical Brown Bag Webcast and BizTalk 2006 Technical Brown Bag Webcasts: Unlock Your Excel XLS Data. Thanks to Microsoft for putting these on. We think it's a great way to see how a product can be used to solve a real-world problem. We'll post the details when they are finalized.

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