This Software Development Kit (SDK) provides information for developers who are creating applications using any of the tools in Microsoft BizTalk 2009 Accelerator for HL7 (BTAHL7), the public application programming interfaces (API), or the samples and utilities provided in the BTAHL7 SDK.

BTAHL7 Help contains features that you can use to display the developer documentation in your preferred language and to link between BTAHL7 Help and Visual Studio 2008 Help.

Using language filtering

The BTAHL7 .NET Class Reference provides signatures and code examples in multiple programming languages. The following tags denote the language-specific information:


[Visual Basic]



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

Viewing BizTalk Accelerator for HL7 Help in Visual Studio

You can view BTAHL7 Help in three ways:

  • In Microsoft Visual Studio .NET, select Contents on the Help menu in Visual Studio 2008.

  • In the Microsoft Visual Studio .NET documentation. Select Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 from the Programs menu.

  • In the stand-alone BTAHL7 Help, select BizTalk 2009 Accelerator for HL7 Help from the Programs menu, and then click BTAHL7 Documentation.

If you are developing in Visual Studio, either of the first two methods are recommended. Using either of these methods enables integration between BTAHL7 Help and Visual Studio Help. This integration is extremely useful when navigating class relationships across the documentation sets. If you view BTAHL7 Help outside of Visual Studio, read the following tip to properly render links to Visual Studio.

Linking between BTAHL7 Help and Microsoft Visual Studio Help

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

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For additional information about the System namespace, see the .NET Framework documentation available from Visual Studio or online at

If you are viewing BTAHL7 in Visual Studio or in the Visual Studio documentation, the link in the left column goes to the exact member page. If you are viewing BTAHL7 Help outside of Visual Studio, use the link in the right column to go to the System namespace page in the MSDN Library. Note that the link will not go to the specific member page.

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