Professional Windows Workflow Foundation Paperback – Mar 26 2007
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From the Back Cover
If you want to gain the skills to build Windows Workflow Foundation solutions, then this is the book for you. It provides you with a clear, practical guide on how to develop workflow-based software and integrate it into existing technology landscapes. Throughout the pages, you'll also find numerous real-world examples and sample code that will help you to get started quickly.
Each major area of Windows Workflow Foundation is explored in depth along with some of the fundamentals operations related to generic workflow applications. You’ll also find detailed coverage on how to develop workflow in Visual Studio®, extend the framework with custom code, and utilize the framework with Microsoft® technologies such as SharePoint® 2007 and Windows Communication Foundation (WCF). You&'ll then be able to use Windows Workflow Foundation to create innovative business solutions that provide value to organizations.
What you will learn from this book
- The different areas of the Windows Workflow Foundation architecture
- Details about workflow hosting, execution, and communication
- How to build workflow-based solutions without constructing the underlying workflow logic
- Tips for developing solutions using the out-of-the-box functionality
- Techniques for extending the base APIs
- How to apply each piece of the Windows Workflow Foundation platform to real-world scenarios
- Best practices for debugging workflows
Who this book is for
This book is for developers and architects interested in learning more about Windows Workflow Foundation. You should have some familiarity with the .NET Framework.
About the Author
Todd Kitta resides in the suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri, with his beautiful wife, beautiful new daughter, and smelly Boxer (dog, not shorts).
Todd has a background in .NET development, and he has worked with .NET since its initial release in 2002. More recently, Todd’s involvement in business process software such as BizTalk led him to Windows Workflow Foundation, and the development of this book soon followed. Todd also writes articles for technical publications and speaks at local .NET User Group meetings. He is currently employed at a consulting firm in St. Louis called Covenant Technology Partners, which focuses on business intelligence and portal solutions that use Microsoft technologies.
Todd also enjoys playing his XBOX 360. You can find him by using gamer tag ZillaB2B2.
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Update in March, 2008: The status of workflows for Microsoft is currently in transition between Framework 3.0 and 3.5. Framework 3.0 workflows are extremely complicated, and communications with a workflow host (e.g., WinForms, Webforms, or WCF services) and a client have dramatically changed with Framework 3.5. Unfortunately, even Microsoft MVPs admit that very little is known about the new methodology for local and remote communications and with the WF/WCF integrated send and receive activities.Currently, Microsoft has no consistent model for the amazing technology among the workflow implementations in BizTalk (Framework 3.0), SharePoint 3.0 (Framework 3.0), and Visual Studio 2008 (Framework 3.5).
Until there is a unified, consistent, and well-documented paradigm for incorporating workflows into applications, this reviewer will not implement workflows to a large extent in production applications, but sparingly will use workflows in a minor way to provide experience only.
This is a thick topic. It's super useful once it's conquered, so I understand why a lot of developers around me have avoided the topic. This book still stands as the best WF for 3.0 oriented book I found. Without it I couldn't have conquered WF to the degree I have.
So if you're caught in the 3.0 or 3.5 framework, and want to use Workflow, this is a book that you'll find as a great reference to "how do I do that again". Conquer the launching-NASA-shuttle of a technology Microsoft put out [a while back]!
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