I always loved to read a lot and different types of magazines, about technology, cars or even National Geographic, sometimes just to pass the time flipping through their pages watching the photos, sometimes based on the title get deep and read the articles. I believe that is a good way to keep us updated on some topics.
However, besides the old BizTalk Hotrod Magazine, of my knowledge, there was no other type of magazine about BizTalk Server. I was a fan of this publication, but unfortunately the project is stopped and the last publication was in December 11, 2010. I really wish this project will have a new opportunity to come to life again.
I always had the idea of creating some kind of electronic magazine or newspaper, but I always had a bit afraid the effort involved, and end up as BizTalk Hotrod. However all this changed after Flipboard release the ability to create personalized magazine for public, I think in March 2013, and I thought this could be an interesting platform and an easy way to finally create a new magazine dedicated to BizTalk Server.
I never published or talked about it on my blog, only on twitter, because this all started as a joke to pass the time while I was in the living room of the hospital visiting my father in law (he is now well at home, thankfully), but I’m already working in this “project” for about a year! And if my memory serves me correctly the first release was in May, 18 2013.
The good think about this is that I don’t need to create all the articles to put in the magazine, I can use my social networks like Facebook, Google+ or twitter and my blogs or RSS readers to create my magazine, Flipboard will take images, headlines and brief excerpt of this sources and automatically turns them into an attractive, magazine or journal style.
And also a very important thing is that, when we select any item it will opens up the full original post giving the right credit to the author. This is also a good way to promote the great contributors that exist in the BizTalk community.
This is intended to be a weekly magazine focus on BizTalk Server and Windows Azure BizTalk Services but it can also contain some general Integration articles. All the content present here are created by the BizTalk community members and Microsoft that can be found in personal blogs, TechNet Wiki, MSDN, Code Project, Code Gallery and so on.
The content of the magazine at the moment is maintained by me but this can change and I can invite other contributors to this project. I try to pick some of the best content provided the community and create this publication that with time can be a vast catalog or knowledge base about BizTalk Server.
You can find the BizTalkMagazine into Flipboard in in your favorite device Apple (iPhone, iPad), Android, Windows 8, and so on… or simply through the Internet browser at: https://flipboard.com/section/biztalkmagazine-bMJFWI
Have a nice read! And If you have any suggestions feel free to comment.