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Professional Workflow in SharePoint 2010: Real World Business Workflow Solutions [Paperback]

Paul J. Galvin , Udayakumar Ethirajulu , Chris Beckett , Peter Ward , Mark Miller
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Nov. 22 2011 Wrox Programmer to Programmer
SharePoint MVPs offer practical WF4 guidance for SharePoint 2010 developers

With the new Workflow Foundation 4 (WF4) toolkit in SharePoint 2010, companies have new ways to build custom solutions for common or frequent business processes. This unique book is packed with instructions and tips that show you how. You'll use WF4 to create and implement office-practical apps such as expense report approvals, RFPs, sale pipeline management, and more. The book also covers how to design custom activities with SharePoint Designer 2010.

  • Explains how to build business solutions using the Workflow Foundation 4 toolkit in SharePoint 2010
  • Shows even non-IT readers how to create and implement processes such as sales pipeline management, creating and managing RFPs, setting up a conference room scheduling solution across a multi-national company, and more
  • Explores the basics vital to all process design: system analysis, researching requirements, and basic design considerations
  • Includes a SharePoint 2007 template for Training and Scheduling; the book walks you through how to upgrade that to 2010 and extend it with new features

Create the processes your business needs with SharePoint 2010's new Workflow 4 and this practical guide.


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Build successful solutions to business challenges with SharePoint 2010

Although many organizations have embraced SharePoint, most just scratch the surface of its potential to provide comprehensive business process automation solutions—even though all the components are there to do so. Written by two SharePoint MVPs, this comprehensive guide shows you step by step how to build solutions to real-world problems using SharePoint 2010 and leverage the exciting new workflow capabilities Microsoft introduced in the platform. The authors dive into a variety of common challenges that companies face every day and explore them in great detail—while also offering specific instructions and screenshots—so you can confidently know when and how to use SharePoint Designer as well as Visual Studio.

Professional Workflow in SharePoint 2010:

  • Presents an approachable and highly effective method for engaging with your end user community

  • Empowers non-technical users to create simple but valuable business applications thereby freeing developers for more complex tasks

  • Demonstrates ways to use SharePoint Designer to create a variety of top-notch solutions, including on-boarding, time off requests, helpdesk ticketing, and many more

  • Shares ways to build custom actions using Visual Studio® to be integrated directly into SharePoint Designer

Wrox Professional guides are written by working developers to address everyday needs. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.

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About the Author

Paul J. Galvin is a SharePoint solutions architect with BrightStarr, a SharePoint consulting firm providing consulting services to clients worldwide. He is a four-time Microsoft SharePoint MVP.

Udayakumar Ethirajulu is a Microsoft SharePoint MVP, frequent blogger, and public speaker at SharePoint events. Uday works at RSC Solutions as Vice President & Chief Architect in New York.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I've been struggling with the instructions in Chapter 3, there are missing sections, items that are mentioned once and then never mentioned again (or missing instructions on how to implement). P44 references a Master ID, and a New Hire Task Status List, and the screenshot following contains no Master ID, and a reference to a New Hire Task Statuses custom list created earlier (when?).
Later chapters are just as bad, you can't trust the instructions. I'm quite upset I paid money for this. It also wasted my time. It certainly won't help me create a solution, too much is missing.
Obviously no one tested the solutions in the book before it went to press. And, why aren't there clear steps for implementing these solutions? I can't tell always what is a comment and what is a step. Ug.
Please review the book's forum detailing the issues with it on Wrox before you buy.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this book. Dec 28 2011
By bighamp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Don't buy this book. Beginning in chapter 3, the author begins to make major errors and has major omissions. It is impossible for even an experienced developer, such as myself, in Windows Workflow and Sharepoint to follow the instructions and complete the examples. If you go to the Wrox site and look at the forum for this book, you will see 10 major complaints. No one on the forum could get past chapter 6 because of all the errors. Dispite the complaints made in the Wrox forum, the author has not responded or created an errata document. Amazon should review that forum and withdraw the book. Amazon is doing a major disservice to your readers if you continue to feature this book.

Once again, FLAT OUT, everyone DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK. If you bought the book, request a refund, such as I am doing.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Can't reccomend this book Jan. 3 2012
By Nathan_IL - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I think that the author is technically savvy at workflows and Sharepoint design. But he is not a technical writer. The editors are just as much to blame here as well. There is no way this should have gone to print. The gaps are so large that it is impossible to follow most of the time. I've been able to work my way through it and there are some good points in the book, but I was expecting to be able to use this to take me over the hump and be able to develop solid workflows from it. That is simply not the case.

I would strongly suggest you find a different book on Sharepoint 2010 workflows and buy that one instead.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Can't follow the procedures Feb. 13 2012
By M. Imhoff - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you're going to include procedures in a technical book, you need to number the steps. In this case most of the steps aren't numbered, so it's unclear which sentences contain background information and which contain steps to be followed.

You also need to have someone test the procedures to make sure they work. It's obvious that nobody did this. Maybe readers who already have an in-depth knowledge of SharePoint can fill in the blanks. For the rest of us, this book is an exercise in frustration.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sad this book sucks, relieved I'm not the only one having problems March 12 2012
By Nolan Tripp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have been bragging to my boss that I'm going to learn workflows and that there is a real possibility that we can stop using our current capital approval system. When the examples started referring to custom lists that we previously built I thought I must have skipped that part because I was so excited to get started. Nope, they tell you to go to the right corner when it is in the left, don't bother to tell you when you should be doing something in SP or SP Designer, etc...

So disappointed. I really thought I had figured out how to avoid thousands of dollars in training and solve some real business problems at the same time.

DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK!!!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst tech book EVER !!! Jan. 18 2012
By Wayne - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I think they may have assumed that a savvy technical person could fill in the gaps and edited out some of the details. They left out how to complete the lessons. They referanced directions in the text that didn't exist. Obviously, nobody attempted to follow the direction in this book before it went to press.

That being said, there were some valuable insights on design limitation in SPD and how to work around them. Go figure.

Still it is really BAD
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