Step 3d: Enabling BizTalk Server to Send and Receive Messages from Salesforce

We must authenticate with Salesforce while sending messages using the REST interface. The authentication methods for REST calls supported by Salesforce are not available out of the box with the WCF-WebHttp adapter, which we’ll use to invoke Salesforce’s REST interface. So, we’ll create a custom WCF endpoint behavior and then attach it to WCF-WebHttp send adapter that we’ll configure to invoke the Salesforce REST interface.

Similarly, the XML response received from Salesforce will not contain any namespace. For BizTalk Server to process the response message against the response schema, the response message must include the target namespace. So, we’ll create a custom pipeline using the ​Microsoft BizTalk ESB Toolkit to add a namespace to the response message. We’ll then use this custom pipeline as the receive pipeline for request-response WCF-WebHttp send port.

Add a Custom WCF Behavior for Salesforce Authentication

Salesforce provides different options for client applications to authenticate with Salesforce. We’ll use what Salesforce terms as the Username-password flow. On the client side, WCF enables you to create Message Inspectors to alter messages before they are sent or after they are received. A message inspector is an extension to the client runtime and is configured as a behavior. A behavior, in turn, is added to a behavior extension element. This behavior extension element is registered in the machine.config with an element name, which makes it available to be configured as a custom behavior on a WCF port. For more information, see Extending WCF with Custom Behaviors. We are going to use this approach to incorporate the username-authentication flow for authenticating with Salesforce. The broad steps that we’ll follow are:

  • Create a message inspector that makes an HTTP POST call to the Salesforce authentication endpoint and receives an access token. The message inspector then adds the authentication token as the value of the Authorization header of the query message being sent to Salesforce. The message inspector also adds the Accept header to the request message so that the response received is in an XML format. Otherwise, Salesforce sends the message in the default JSON format.

  • Create an endpoint behavior to apply the message inspector to the client endpoint.

  • Create a behavior extension element to enable configuration of the endpoint behavior.

To create a message inspector

  1. As part of the BtsSalesforceIntegration solution in Visual Studio, create a C# Class Library. Name it Microsoft.BizTalk.Adapter.Behaviors and add the following namespaces:

    using System.ServiceModel.Description;
    using System.ServiceModel.Dispatcher;
    using System.ServiceModel.Channels;
    using System.Xml;
    using System.Net;
    using System.IO;
    using System.ServiceModel.Configuration;
    using System.Configuration;
    using System.Web.Script.Serialization;
  2. From the Solution Explorer, add references to System.ServiceModel, System.Web.Extensions, and System.Configuration.

  3. Add a class SalesforceOAuthToken with the following properties. This class represents the authorization token that is received from Salesforce.

    public class SalesforceOAuthToken
        public string id { get; set; }
        public string issued_at { get; set; }
        public string refresh_token { get; set; }
        public string instance_url { get; set; }
        public string signature { get; set; }
        public string access_token { get; set; }
  4. Add a class SalesforceRESTSecurityBehavior that implements the IClientMessageInspector and the IEndpointBehavior. This class includes the HttpPost() and FetchOAuthToken() methods that make an HTTP POST call to the Salesforce authentication endpoint to retrieve the authorization token.

    Because the SalesforceRESTSecurityBehavior class implements the IClientMessageInspector interface, it must implement the two methods, AfterReceiveReply() and BeforeSendRequest(). For this scenario we do not need to do anything as part of the AfterReceiverReply() method. However, the BeforeSendRequest() method invokes the FetchOAuthToken() method, which in turn calls the HttpPost() method. The BeforeSendRequest() method then adds the authorization token as part of the message header. It also adds the Accept header to ensure that the response received from Salesforce is in an XML format.

    The IEndpointBehavior implementation simply adds the message inspector class to the client endpoint behavior.

    public class SalesforceRESTSecurityBehavior : IClientMessageInspector, IEndpointBehavior
        // Some constants
        private static string SalesforceAuthEndpoint = "";
        // Configuration Properties
        private string username_;
        private string password_;
        private string consumerKey_;
        private string consumerSecret_;
        private int sessionTimeout_;
        // Private Properties
        private SalesforceOAuthToken token_;
        private DateTime tokenExpiryTime_;
        public SalesforceRESTSecurityBehavior(
            string username,
            string password,
            string consumerKey,
            string consumerSecret,
            int sessionTimeout)
            this.username_ = username;
            this.password_ = password;
            this.consumerKey_ = consumerKey;
            this.consumerSecret_ = consumerSecret;
            this.sessionTimeout_ = sessionTimeout;
        private void FetchOAuthToken()
            if ((tokenExpiryTime_ == null) || (tokenExpiryTime_.CompareTo(DateTime.Now) <= 0))
                StringBuilder body = new StringBuilder();
                    .Append("client_id=" + consumerKey_ + "&")
                    .Append("client_secret=" + consumerSecret_ + "&")
                    .Append("username=" + username_ + "&")
                    .Append("password=" + password_);
                string result;
                    result = HttpPost(SalesforceAuthEndpoint, body.ToString());
                catch (WebException)
                    // do something
                // Convert the JSON response into a token object
                JavaScriptSerializer ser = new JavaScriptSerializer();
                this.token_ = ser.Deserialize<SalesforceOAuthToken>(result);
                this.tokenExpiryTime_ = DateTime.Now.AddSeconds(this.sessionTimeout_);
        public string HttpPost(string URI, string Parameters)
            WebRequest req = WebRequest.Create(URI);
            req.ContentType = "application/x-www-form-urlencoded";
            req.Method = "POST";
            // Add parameters to post
            byte[] data = Encoding.ASCII.GetBytes(Parameters);
            req.ContentLength = data.Length;
            System.IO.Stream os = req.GetRequestStream();
            os.Write(data, 0, data.Length);
            // Do the post and get the response.
            System.Net.WebResponse resp = null;
            resp = req.GetResponse();
            StreamReader sr = new StreamReader(resp.GetResponseStream());
            return sr.ReadToEnd().Trim();
        #region IClientMessageInspector
        public void AfterReceiveReply(ref System.ServiceModel.Channels.Message reply, object correlationState)
            // do nothing
        public object BeforeSendRequest(ref System.ServiceModel.Channels.Message request, System.ServiceModel.IClientChannel channel)
            // We are going to send a request to Salesforce
            // Overview:
            // This behavior will do the following:
            // (1) Fetch Token from Salesforce, if required
            // (2) Add the token to the message
            // (3) Insert an Http Accept header so we get XML data in response, instead of JSON, which is default
            // Reference:
            // (1) Authentication with Salesforce
            // (2) The token is added to the HTTP Authorization Header
            // (3) Add the Accept Header
            HttpRequestMessageProperty httpRequest = null;
            if (request.Properties.ContainsKey(HttpRequestMessageProperty.Name))
                httpRequest = request.Properties[HttpRequestMessageProperty.Name] as HttpRequestMessageProperty;
            if (httpRequest == null)
                // NOTE: Ideally, we shouldn’t get here for WebHttp
                httpRequest = new HttpRequestMessageProperty()
                    Method = "GET",
                    SuppressEntityBody = true
                request.Properties.Add(HttpRequestMessageProperty.Name, httpRequest);
            WebHeaderCollection headers = httpRequest.Headers;
            headers.Add(HttpRequestHeader.Authorization, "OAuth " + this.token_.access_token);
            headers.Add(HttpRequestHeader.Accept, "application/xml");
            return null;
        #endregion IClientMessageInspector
        #region IEndpointBehavior
        public void AddBindingParameters(ServiceEndpoint endpoint, System.ServiceModel.Channels.BindingParameterCollection bindingParameters)
            // do nothing
        public void ApplyClientBehavior(ServiceEndpoint endpoint, ClientRuntime clientRuntime)
        public void ApplyDispatchBehavior(ServiceEndpoint endpoint, EndpointDispatcher endpointDispatcher)
            // do nothing
        public void Validate(ServiceEndpoint endpoint)
            // do nothing
        #endregion IEndpointBehavior
  5. In the previous step we created a behavior class that applies the message inspector to the client endpoint. We now need to make this behavior available to the configuration experience for the WCF-WebHttp adapter that will send the request message to Salesforce. To make this behavior available for configuration we need to do two things:

    • Create a class that derives from the BehaviorExtensionElement

    • Register your BehavaiorExtensionElement in the <extensions>\<behaviorExtensions> element in the machine.config using an element name.

      We’ll also add configuration properties to this class so that they are available from the WCF-WebHttp adapter configuration UI.

    public class SalesforceRESTBehaviorElement : BehaviorExtensionElement
        public override Type BehaviorType
            get { return typeof(SalesforceRESTSecurityBehavior); }
        protected override object CreateBehavior()
            return new SalesforceRESTSecurityBehavior(Username, Password, ConsumerKey, ConsumerSecret, SessionTimeout);
        [ConfigurationProperty("username", IsRequired = true)]
        public string Username
            get { return (string)this["username"]; }
            set { this["username"] = value; }
        [ConfigurationProperty("password", IsRequired = true)]
        public string Password
            get { return (string)this["password"]; }
            set { this["password"] = value; }
        [ConfigurationProperty("consumerKey", IsRequired = true)]
        public string ConsumerKey
            get { return (string)this["consumerKey"]; }
            set { this["consumerKey"] = value; }
        [ConfigurationProperty("consumerSecret", IsRequired = true)]
        public string ConsumerSecret
            get { return (string)this["consumerSecret"]; }
            set { this["consumerSecret"] = value; }
        [ConfigurationProperty("sessionTimeout", IsRequired = false, DefaultValue = 300)]
        public int SessionTimeout
            get { return (int)this["sessionTimeout"]; }
            set { this["sessionTimeout"] = value; }
  6. Add a strong name key file to the project and build the project. Once the project builds successfully, add the assembly Microsoft.BizTalk.Adapter.Behaviors to the GAC.

  7. Add the following entry in the machine.config under System.ServiceModel\Extensions\BehaviorExtensions.

    <add name="Microsoft.BizTalk.Adapter.Behaviors.Demo.Salesforce" type="Microsoft.BizTalk.Adapter.Behaviors.SalesforceRESTBehaviorElement, Microsoft.BizTalk.Adapter.Behaviors, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=45bd7fe67ef032db"/>

    You can retrieve the public key token for the assembly from the GAC. Also, if you are creating this application on a 64-bit computer, you must add this entry to both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the machine.config.

Add a Custom Pipeline to Add Namespace to the Salesforce Response

The response received from Salesforce does not include a namespace. However, to process the response message against the response schema (QueryResult.xsd) we must include the namespace in the Salesforce response. In this section, we create a custom pipeline and use a custom pipeline component shipped with ​Microsoft BizTalk ESB Toolkit to add a namespace to the response message. This custom pipeline is deployed with the BizTalk Server application and will be used as the receive pipeline while configuring the WCF-WebHttp adapter.

Before performing the steps in this procedure, ensure that ​Microsoft BizTalk ESB Toolkit is installed and configured on the computer where you are creating this application.

To add a custom pipeline

  1. Within the BtsSalesforceIntegration solution, create a new BizTalk Server project. Name the project CustomPipeline.

  2. Within the CustomPipeline project, add a new receive pipeline. Name the pipeline as AddNamespace.btp.

  3. Within the Decode stage of the pipeline, from the toolbox, drag and drop the ESB Add Namespace pipeline component. Within the Disassemble stage, drag and drop the XML disassembler pipeline component.


    If the ESB Add Namespace pipeline component is not listed in the toolbox, you can add it. Right-click the BizTalk Pipeline Components tab, and then click Choose Items. In the Choose Toolbox Items dialog box, click the BizTalk Pipeline Components tab, select the check box for ESB Add Namespace component, and then click OK.

  4. Add a strong name key file to the project and save the project.

  5. Right-click the CustomPipeline project and select Properties. In the Deployment tab, for Application Name, enter SalesforceIntegration.

  6. Save changes to the project.

    In this topic, added a custom behavior to authenticate with Salesforce and a custom pipeline to add a namespace to the Salesforce response. We’ll use these custom components while configuring the physical ports in BizTalk Server Administration console.

See Also

Step 3: Create the BizTalk Server Solution in Visual Studio