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Pro WF: Windows Workflow in .NET 4 [Paperback]

Bruce Bukovics

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Book Description

June 29 2010 1430227214 978-1430227212 1

Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) is a revolutionary part of the .NET 4 Framework that allows you to orchestrate human and system interactions as a series of workflows that can be easily mapped, analyzed, adjusted, and implemented. As business problems become more complex, the need for a workflow-based solution has never been more evident. WF provides a simple and consistent way to model and implement complex problems. As a developer, you focus on developing the business logic for individual workflow tasks. The runtime handles the execution of those tasks after they have been composed into a workflow.

Pro WF: Windows Workflow in .NET 4 provides you with the skills you need to incorporate WF in your applications, using a lively tutorial style with each example illustrated in C#. This book gets you up to speed with WF 4 quickly and comprehensively. Learn about WF 4’s new designer, it’s updated programming paradigm, and the completely new set of activities that can enable and extend your workflows. This book also includes detailed coverage of how to customize your workflows and access them in a variety of ways and situations so you can maximize the advantages of this technology.

What you’ll learn

  • WF 4 basics
  • New activities and changes to existing activities in WF 4
  • Customizing your workflows
  • Accessing your workflows in a variety of ways in a variety of situations
  • Using WF with Web Services and ASP.NET
  • Integrating WCF and WF

Who is this book for?

This book is for intermediate to advanced .NET developers who need to learn how to use the latest version of Windows Workflow Foundation (WF 4). This book is not a primer on .NET or the C# language. To get the most out of the examples presented in this book, it is necessary to have a good working knowledge of .NET 2.0 or higher. All of the examples are presented in C#.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 936 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (June 29 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430227214
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430227212
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 23.4 x 5.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #266,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bruce Bukovics has been a working developer for over 25 years. During this time, he has designed and developed applications in such widely varying areas as banking, corporate finance, credit card processing, payroll processing, and retail automation.

He has first-hand developer experience with C, C++, Delphi, VB, C#, and Java, and he rode the waves of technology as they drifted from mainframe to client/server to n-Tier, from COM to COM+, and from Web Services to .NET Remoting and beyond.

He considers himself a pragmatic programmer. He doesn’t stand on formality and doesn’t do things just because they have always been done that way. He’s willing to look at alternate or unorthodox solutions to a problem if that’s what it takes.

He is currently employed at Radiant Systems, Inc., in Alpharetta, Georgia, as a lead developer and architect in the centralized development group.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Comprehensive Aug. 29 2010
By James Alexander - Published on
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Pro WF is everything both a WF novice and expert could ask for. While Workflow Foundation 4 could be considered a V1 product in some ways, Bruce writes about it as if he's been working with it for years. The examples he describes are well thought out and make sense from a "real application" perspective. He also does a great job explaining some of the concepts such as custom activities, and workflow services with ease and in a manner that is absorable first read through. My only criticism would be that he doesn't discuss building non-service workflow services.

If you read no other chapter in this book except one, Chapter 16 - Advanced Custom Activities is a must.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe too thorough, kind of sloppy June 7 2011
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While the book seems thorough, for getting your feet wet it takes too long. From my perspective, and it might well be that I'm overly used to other author styles, the flow (not intended) seems to get bogged down in minutiae instead of getting to the point. Just in the first chapter there's an awful lot of elementary notes, steps, and unnecessary details that make it seem like this is really aimed at newer developers, not just those new to Workflow Foundation. I prefer a style that covers 75%, or gives me the gist, upfront so I can jump in quickly and that progressively gets into lesser-known aspects or different ways to do the same thing as the book goes on. The "Hello World" program should not take ~8 pages. It was a little jarring.

Some glaringly obvious printing errors and even a content error (in just the first chapter) are jarring as well. Text in virtually all of the diagrams don't line up properly. If it happened once I can ignore it, but the same goof shows up in every one. In one of the step-by-step examples, a step was completely left out! I read and re-read the example to be sure and the step was never explicitly stated, yet later in the example it simply appears in the screenshot and is discussed as though it had been done. These errors in detail make it seem sloppy and rushed.

I also don't like the style of interspersing paragraphs among example steps. I prefer a step-by-step example to be just that, not pause in between steps to belabor a point that's more or less obvious, much less to insert 'sideline' commentary that's not immediately pertinent to the step. I would rather get through the example and -then- read on.

All that said I am going to keep it and use it for reference. It has worked for learning Workflow Foundation but it did not get me going very quickly (as I was hoping) and some of it was kind of a slog.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great content; poor printing Nov. 29 2010
By Marshall Rosenstein - Published on
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This tome builds on the previous edition of the book updated for WWF4. WWF4 is much improved over WWF 3.5, so the examples are specific to the new version. There's lots of detailed discussion centered around walkthrough examples.

There is a serious flaw with this printing of the book in that all of the table layouts are incorrectly aligned. The contents of the first column of the tables are truncated and then pushed into the second column, so the alignment of each table is off. This makes the tables very hard to read. Most of the examples list the variables that you need to create by using tables, so it slows you down a great deal.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent WF book Aug. 17 2010
By Hidden Dragon - Published on
I bought all WF 4 books available on the market, but this is the only book that I constantly come back for answers. The author covered the topics of custom activities really well. I now know how to design a non-trivial custom activity using all the techniques outlined in the book (ActivityDesigner, NativeActivity, etc).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book on .Net Work Flow Feb. 3 2011
By Christopher A. Longo - Published on
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The material in this book is well presented and so far covers .Net Work Flow in detail, but every table in the book is not properly formatted. You would think the publisher could have fixed this before they produced so many copies of this book. APress gets zero stars.

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