Parallel Receive Timeout

On my latest project I had a need to implement a Parallel Receive to receive three files before proceeding in the orchestration.  There was another requirement to email support staff if all three files were not received within a certain timeframe.  Due to time constraints, I pretty much gave up on the latter requirement since I couldn’t figure out how to have a timeout in a parallel shape.  My co-worker Mathew had a couple suggestions but I don’t think they would’ve worked.

I was just reading Colestocks article on Parallel actions, exceptions, and timeouts and had a thought that may work to solve my timeout issue.  I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before, but Scott mentioned some similarities between parallel exception handling and BizTalks handling of long running scopes after a set timeout has expired.  Why can’t I add a scope around my parallel receive that is long running with a timeout, then send the failure email in the exception handler that will be called when the timeout is reached?  I don’t know why either.  I’ll have to give that a shot if I get some time.


BizTalk 2004 Documenter

I was just doing some catch up reading while watching the Avs (2-2, beginning of the 2nd period) so I may be posting a few notes.  While reading Scott Colestock’s site I came across the UK SDC BizTalk 2004 Documenter.  Sounds like just the thing that is needed at my current client as they aren’t big on budgeting documentation time.  I’ll download it and give it a shot tomorrow.