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View Orchestration Code in C#

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BizTalk Orchestration Designer is the core tool for laying out components representing business processes, and connecting them with logic operations when designing BizTalk applications in Visual Studio. Behind the scene, the XLANG compiler actually generates C# source code before compiling it into .NET assemblies. If you ever want to look under the hood and view the C# source, here is a little trick.

Use your favorite registry editor (I simply use RegEdit.exe), go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\8.0. This is where some key properties of Visual Studio 2005 IDE are stored. Add a DWORD value named “GenerateCSFiles”, and set the value to 1.

Next time you launch Visual Studio to open a BizTalk project with orchestration files (.odx file) in it, click on the “Show All Files” icon in the Solution Explorer after the project is built. You will see along side with your abc.odx file, there appears an abc.cs file. This is the C# source code generated by XLANG out of your orchestration. You can open the file and view all the code, assuming the compilation succeeded (otherwise the cs file is blank). You will notice all your orchestration artifacts are actually translated into one big chunk of XML embedded in the C# code.

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