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SharePoint 2010 Workflows in Action [Paperback]

Phil Wicklund

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March 10 2011 1935182714 978-1935182719 1

SharePoint 2010 is a huge technology with tens of thousands of companies adopting it from all across the globe. Within the SharePoint product stack, workflows are one of the most compelling and ROI generating features for many business.

SharePoint 2010 Workflows in Action will take you through the SharePoint workflow fundamentals, and all the way to very advanced topics to help you meet your most complex workflow requirements. This includes covering topics such as the out of box workflows, and building custom workflows with SharePoint Designer 2010, Office Visio 2010, and Visual Studio 2010.

Additionally, the book covers topics that are very important to workflow such as building forms with InfoPath 2010, building custom task processes, building custom activities and conditions, and how to leverage external data sources in your workflows via Business Connectivity Services. Other goodies include building State Machine workflows, leveraging ASP.NET forms, workflow event handlers, and publishing custom actions and conditions into SharePoint Designer. The book is a one stop shop workflow resource for anyone building workflows for the SharePoint 2010 platform.

Purchase of the print book comes with an offer of a free PDF, ePub, and Kindle eBook from Manning. Also available is all code from the book.

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Phil Wicklund is a frequent blogger, speaker, and author around SharePoint products and technologies. He started working with SharePoint back in 2003 and has since architected and administered many dozens of corporate SharePoint environments. He started as a SharePoint development instructor for Mindsharp, and has since moved into consulting at RBA Consulting, where he shares real-world insights and in-depth best practices with his clients of many varieties.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Gets you close, but leaves much to be desired Oct. 20 2011
By S. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
This book does an OK job of introducing some of the workflow concepts and capabilities in SP2010. However, I found many of the examples to be lacking certain key steps, skipping critical parts and/or just plain wrong. This is particularly true when you get into the final section of the book about custom-coded workflows. The early SPD workflow examples are OK, but when deployed, most did not function in SP the way the author said it would. The more advanced state machine workflow just gives you some pictures and brief descriptions about how it works, but does nothing to tell you how to implement the workflow. Perhaps the author intends for the user to figure out some stuff on their own (which is a perfectly acceptable instruction technique), however there is little/no guidance for what to do when workflows don't behave as expected.

Overall, this was a frustrating read. I felt like I was learning, but kept having to overcome obstacles (some significant) to get the job done. I wouldn't recommend this back to anyone looking to learn workflow in SP2010. Of course, this is equally frustrating since (at the time of writing) there are so few resources available discussing SP2010 workflows in depth.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good starter book April 28 2011
By Andrew Teasdale - Published on Amazon.com
New to workflows. Not a programmer. Been doing basic stuff with SharePoint for a few years. Just was given access to SharePoint 2010 and want to demonstrate what workflows can do.

Bought this book. It's a good fit for my experience level. Good combination of background and follow-along exercises. Got me to the point where I could quickly build simple workflows that interacted with data off multiple lists.

There's more to this book than I need right now. Will probably be referencing it as I progress.

Once you purchase the book, you may download an electronic version. Was handy as I travel and didn't want to lug the book.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great starter Nov. 15 2011
By C. Harrison - Published on Amazon.com
Put simply, if you're looking for a nice, high level tour of workflows, this is a perfect book. If you're looking for something that's much more in depth and covers more advanced topics, look elsewhere.

Unfortunately for me, I was looking for the latter. :-(
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative book June 27 2013
By A. Wallis - Published on Amazon.com
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This book clarified some of my ideas concerning workflows and SharePoint 2010. Now I have proof of how restrictive SP2010 is out of the box.
3.0 out of 5 stars Winner by Default Jan. 2 2013
By Oroboros - Published on Amazon.com
This is the best book on SharePoint 2010 Workflows I've read, not because it's a particularly great book, but because it happens to be one of the only books on SP workflows that covers the breadth of material it does ... so it's this or ... not much else.

The organization of the book is logical and excellent. Each chapter increasing the level of sophistication and complexity from the last. The examples are interesting, if not always what one would see in a "real" setting. They get the point across, that's what's important. Most of the examples worked for me, once I figured them out.

Where this book fails is in the step-by-step explanations. At first everything is spelled out pretty clearly, but as the book goes on, more and more is either described in rambling prose or not described at all. Add in the occasional missing or incorrect step and some of the later projects can be downright frustrating. Not because they're so complex, but just because they simply aren't clearly explained, or explained at all. In addition, some examples seem be holdovers from SP2007, along with references to the 12 hive, etc. Sloppy editing.

As others have stated, this is a general tour of workflows, providing one example per section (or sometimes none, e.g. state machine workflow in 8.3, where I guess you're supposed to figure it all out yourself). It's a big picture view with excellent breadth, but it sure isn't in-depth in any of its numerous topics.

Unfortunately, this is the best overall book on the subject that I know of. Which is too bad because it only barely scratches the surface, and is only adequately written. What can I tell you, you don't have much choice here folks. Sahil Malik has a brief workflow chapter in his 'Building Solutions for SharePoint 2010', Paul Galvin's 'Pro Workflows in SP2010' suffers from many of the faults of this book and has only one chapter of VS workflows so it doesn't have the breadth this book does, while Ted Pattison, et.al's, 'Inside SharePoint 2010' has a mere 60 pages of workflow examples within it. Slim pickings.

'SP 2010 Workflows in Action' isn't great, but it is the best ... given the other options.

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