The Software Development Kit (SDK) provides information intended for developers who are creating applications using any of the Microsoft® Visual Studio®-based BizTalk Server tools, the public application programming interfaces (APIs), or the samples and utilities provided in the BizTalk Server SDK. The following tips are provided to enhance your experience with the SDK documentation.

Using Help in a Developer Environment

Microsoft® BizTalk® Server 2004 Help contains features that you can use to display the developer documentation in your preferred language and to link between BizTalk Server 2004 Help and Visual Studio 2003 Help.

Using language filtering

The BizTalk Server 2004 .NET Class Reference and COM Object Reference provide signatures and code examples in multiple programming languages. The following tags denote the language-specific information:

  • [C#]
  • [Visual Basic]
  • [C++]
  • [JScript]

You can customize your view of the content in the reference pages to display information only in your preferred programming language. To select a custom language, use the Language Filter Language Filter button button in the upper-left corner of the reference page. After it is enabled, the language filtering is persisted until it is changed. When language filtering is enabled on a page, the name of the language follows the title in the blue bar at the top of the page.

Viewing BizTalk Server Help in Visual Studio

You can view BizTalk Server 2004 Help in three ways:

  • In Microsoft Visual Studio® .NET 2003. Select Contents on the Help menu in Visual Studio .NET 2003.
  • In the Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 Documentation. Select Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 from the Programs menu.
  • In the standalone Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004 Help. Select BizTalk Server Documentation from the Programs, Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004 menu.

If you are developing in Visual Studio .NET, either of the first two methods are recommended. Using either of these methods enables integration between BizTalk Server Help and Visual Studio .NET Help; this integration is extremely useful when navigating class relationships across the documentation sets. If you view BizTalk Server Help outside of Visual Studio .NET, read the following tip to properly render links to Visual Studio .NET.

Linking between BizTalk Server 2004 Help and Microsoft Visual Studio .NET Help

When a member is inherited from the .NET Framework Base Class Library, two links are provided, as shown in the following example:

protected methodFinalize (inherited from System.Object)For additional information about the System namespace, see .NET Framework Help available from Visual Studio .NET or go to

If you are viewing BizTalk Server Help in Visual Studio .NET or in the Visual Studio .NET Documentation, the link in the left column goes to the exact member page. If you are viewing BizTalk Server 2004 Help outside of Visual Studio, use the link in the right column to go to the System namespace page in MSDN Library. Note that the link will not go to the specific member page.

This section contains:

  • Programming Guide. Contains information on how to build applications using the Microsoft BizTalk Server developer tools.
  • Programmer's Reference. Contains reference information for managed and unmanaged public APIs, as well as property reference information for maps, schemas, functoids, and the message context.
  • Samples. Provides instructions for using the samples provided in the BizTalk Server 2004 SDK. The samples are installed in the SDK directory of the Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004 installation path.
  • Utilities Provides instructions for using the utilities provided in the BizTalk Server 2004 SDK. The utilities are installed in the SDK directory of the Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004 installation path.

To download updated BizTalk Server 2004 Help from, go to

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