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Programming Windows Workflow Foundation: Practical WF Techniques and Examples using XAML and C# [Paperback]

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A fast-paced and practical developer's road map to working with Windows WF, from compilation to the base activity library to runtime services. Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) is a technology for defining, executing, and managing workflows. It is part of the .NET Framework 3.0 and will be available natively in the Windows Vista operating system. Windows Workflow Foundation might be the most significant piece of middleware to arrive on the Windows platform since COM+ and the Distributed Transaction Coordinator. The difference is, not every application needs a distributed transaction, but nearly every application does have a workflow encoded inside it. In this book, K Scott Allen, author of renowned .NET articles at, provides you with all the information needed to develop successful products with Windows Workflow. From the basics of how Windows Workflow can solve the difficult problems inherent in workflow solutions, through authoring workflows in code, learning about the base activity library in Windows Workflow and the different types of workflow provided, and on to building event-driven workflows using state machines, workflow communications, and finally rules and conditions in Windows Workflow, this book will give you the in-depth information you need. Throughout the book, an example "bug reporting" workflow system is developed, showcasing the technology and techniques used. Fast-paced and to-the-point, this book takes you through the important topics of Windows WF development with clear explanations and practical example code. The book's selection of topics is driven by what the working developer needs to know. It is neither a comprehensive reference to the whole WF architecture, nor a strategy guide to the complete application development lifecycle. It's just what you as a C# developer need to know to use WF in your applications. This book is for .NET developers who want to enhance their applications with flexible workflow capabilities using Microsoft Windows Workflow Foundation. The author assumes that you have read other texts on the overall architecture of WF and on WF application design strategies, and instead focuses on real-work implementation issues for C# developers.

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Pages   300
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 7" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.97 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 22, 2006
Publisher   Packt Publishing
ISBN  1904811213  
ISBN13  9781904811213  

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1Books > Subjects > Computers & Internet > Microsoft > Development > C & C++ Windows Programming
2Books > Subjects > Computers & Internet > Microsoft > Operating Systems > Windows - General
3Books > Subjects > Computers & Internet > Programming > Languages & Tools > C#
4Books > Subjects > Computers & Internet > Software > Business > Workflow

Reviews - What do customers think about Programming Windows Workflow Foundation: Practical WF Techniques and Examples using XAML and C#?

Thin on content--and pages.  Sep 3, 2008
I bought this on the strength of Scott's excellent web site, but too bad there's more on the site than in the book. The book is thin and basic.
Great start for Windows Workflow Foundation  Jul 24, 2008
Well as you can see the title is quite but extremely accurate. The book covers a "real world" use of Windows Workflow foundation. The author takes you through Windows Workflow Foundation by building a bug tracking application which is an ideal candidate for a workflow technology. I think this approach is what makes this book stand apart from other Windows Workflow foundation books. It is short and concise and gives you a real application of the technology. This is not a book filled with marketing fluff or the Hello World app (with the exception of the first chapter).

Overall, this book is a good read for those that want to get started in Windows Workflow Foundation.
Excellent book.  Jun 20, 2007
This book brought the whole team upto speed with Workflow basics. The subject
presented is crystal clear and has helped us in a great way in implementing our project.
A very practical book that will get you going in WF fast  Apr 25, 2007
I have been working with WF for quite a while and one of the hardest things about this technology is getting your hands around everything it can do. Scott has done a great job of walking you through the technology in a manner that enables you to not only grasp the concepts but also get some code up and running quickly. The progression of the book was well thought out getting you started on creating workflows [Chapter 2] and then progressing through sequential workflows [Chapter 3], base activities [Chapter 4], custom activities [Chapter 5], hosting workflows [Chapter 6], State Machine Workflows [Chapter 7], workflow communication [Chapter 8] and finally rules and conditions [Chapter 9]. The thing that I like about this approach is typically in most projects you will have a team of varying roles and skills and the book in my view caters to this by tackling WF development from the perspective of a workflow developer (Chapters 1,2,3,4,7,9) early on in the book and then moving to a host developer (Chapters 5,6,8) for the final half of the book. You will notice I grouped chapters 7 and 9 in with the first half of the book since I feel these topics are very workflow developer centric and the introduction to the local communication service in chapter 3 should give you enough information to tackle these topics earlier than they are presented.

This book is a fast paced book that is designed to get you up and running quickly but at the same time is not so huge that you can't get through it quickly. It's size (233 pages) limits what you can cover but I think Scott does a good job of presenting the topics in a detailed enough manner that you can then dive into the SDK if you need to go deeper and know what you are looking for when you do. The book has all of code online at Packt Publishing which makes it easy to follow along as you read the book. I would recommend this book to someone who is new to WF and needs a book that can quickly guide them through getting started with the technology.

I was disappointed - very limited   Apr 13, 2007
First of all this should not be a $40 book. Book is only 200 pages. This book covers the basic components of workflow but doesn't provide adequate examples of how and when to use it. Since this is a new technology I expected full fledged examples. It give little code snippets which are very helpful but lots of time I didn't know where should I put them. Book seemed like a collection of articles rather than a book.
The book did cover the topics but I expected one full example which u see in almost all books that helps you put together all the pieces.

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