Pro WF: Windows Workflow in .NET 4 Paperback – Oct 28 2010
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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 firsthand 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 employed at Radiant Systems, Inc., in Alpharetta, Georgia, as a lead developer and architect in the centralized development group.
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If you read no other chapter in this book except one, Chapter 16 - Advanced Custom Activities is a must.
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.
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.
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