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Professional Microsoft SharePoint 2007 Workflow Programming [Paperback]

Shahram Khosravi
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Sept. 29 2008 Wrox Professional Guides
Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) 3.0 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 provide you with a rich framework for collaborative applications. Packed with practical, real-world examples, this book offers you clear instructions for implementing workflow, custom activities, and conditions into SharePoint applications. You’ll discover how to deploy workflow template files and features, program SharePoint external data exchange, send WCF messages from a SharePoint workflow, and develop custom Office SharePoint Designer 2007 actions and conditions.

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Professional Microsoft SharePoint 2007 Workflow Programming

SharePoint 2007 Workflow offers a vast array of rich workflow programming facilities so that you can implement and deploy your own custom workflows and activities, allowing you to create features and functions that were never before possible. Packed with practical, real-world examples and step-by-step recipes, this book presents you with detailed code walkthroughs and in-depth technical discussions to help you gain the skills, knowledge, and experience you need to develop and to deploy your own custom SharePoint workflows and activities.

You'll discover the similarities and differences between workflow programming and traditional procedural programming languages such as C#. You'll also explore workflow association and initiation input forms and examine how SharePoint takes advantage of the extensibility points of Windows Workflow Foundation to add support to specific functions of SharePoint. Along the way, you'll discover how to implement data description and manifest files to deploy your custom workflows and actions through SharePoint solution packages.

What you will learn from this book

  • The standard SharePoint activities inherited from CallExternalMethodActivity and HandleExternalEventActivity activities

  • How to take advantage of workflow security in your own custom workflows

  • Techniques for implementing a custom workflow edit task input form and deploy it as part of the deployment of a site content type

  • How to develop, deploy, and test a custom Office SharePoint Designer 2007 action

  • Ways to use the XML markup language to describe your own custom actions and conditions to Office SharePoint Designer 2007

Who this book is for
This book is for SharePoint developers who have a basic understanding of Windows Workflow Foundation and SharePoint 2007, but are looking for more advanced coverage of SharePoint 2007 workflow and activity programming.

Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.

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2.0 out of 5 stars No Source Code Nov. 7 2008
When you buy a tool book like this, you expect that it can take you from not knowing workflow to being able to build a (at the very least, simple) workflow. Not the case here, the code in the book is extensive but piecemeal, and you will need to do a lot of typing and a lot of investigative work to put them together to make it work. The most lacking is that there is no source code download (compared to other books from the same publisher). It also doesn't address State Workflow at all. All in all, this book has a lot of valuable information, but it won't take you there.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good information with fluff Sept. 11 2009
By Justin Tolchin - Published on Amazon.com
I was looking for a book that satisfied 4 criteria: 1. Must be SharePoint 2007. 2. Must have a large section about custom workflows. 3. Must be written with Visual Studio 2008 in mind. 4. Must be able to answer the questions I needed answer to.
Had I found this book when I was just starting off with custom workflows, I would have been elated! The author has some really good bits of information and he did indeed answer the questions I needed answers to.
The downside of this book is that it is filled with lots of "fluff". Code snippets were repeated over and over and sections of text seemed to be cut from one section of the book and pasted into another.
He also goes into detail about how the Windows workflow API would be coded when, in Visual Studio with SharePoint extensions, you just drag and drop a control and it writes the required code for you. I'm sure there are those who want to know every detail about how the controls work, but I am not one of those. Interestingly, he delved deeply into the API, but skipped over setting up the environment (VS2008). It would have been nice to see how he structured the projects in VS 2008 since the layout is completely different from VS 2005.
Of the almost 600 pages, probably 250 of those were useful. I would recommend this book to those working with custom workflows, especially to those just starting off with them. Just skip a few pages now and again and you will be happy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars In-depth but dated April 20 2011
By Marcel Balcarek - Published on Amazon.com
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I have had this book for over a year now. It is by far the most in depth workflow developer book out there. I found it heavy going but also worthwhile. It is one of the few books that covers custom workflows from a SharePoint perspective. I found that some things are missing from the book such as the Replicator activity. I suspect the book is current to WWF 3.0. I would buy an updated version.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars avoid this book Dec 2 2008
By Gino Lee - Published on Amazon.com
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I got this book when it first came out a month or two ago because it was one of the few books that purported to be about sharepoint and workflow programming.

This book basically seems to be a re-iteration of the available API and reads more like a laundry list of the various APIs. I don't see how it's an improvement over the API documentation available at [...].

It seems to be lacking in any real understanding of Sharepoint and how to use it effectively.

If you are considering getting this book, definitely skim it first at a local bookstore so that you know what you are getting into.

Definitely not recommended..
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not very helpful. March 31 2010
By D. Dickey - Published on Amazon.com
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For me, the book was not very helpful. It seemed overly academic at times, and then at other times it seemed to just be a very wordy rehash of what is available in MSDN.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for any SharePoint Workflow developer Dec 3 2008
By A. Vasilyev - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is superb. There are no other books on SharePoint Workflow out on the market that compare to the broad view and depth of this book.
If you are a experienced Workflow developer and not have any development experience with SharePoint take it. I think the author has done a good job covering the essential technology and given good examples.
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