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Programming Windows Workflow Foundation: Practical WF Techniques and Examples using XAML and C#: A C# developer's guide to the features and programming interfaces of Windows Workflow Foundation Paperback – December 22, 2006

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K. Scott Allen is the Chief Software Architect for Medisolv, Inc and holds MCP and MCSD certifications. In 12 years of software development Scott has worked on everything from real time firmware in 8 bit embedded devices to highly scalable Internet applications connecting COM+ and J2EE components with web services. Living in Hagerstown, Maryland, Scott tries to play as much softball as possible during the summer. Scott is a cofounder of the site http://www.OdeToCode.com, a .NET developer resource built using the Community Starter Kit.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (December 22, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904811213
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904811213
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,165,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Derek Strickland on February 4, 2007
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The reader gets the feeling they are being led through a guided tour by a trusted collegue rather than a book. This volume is loadeed with little tidbits of information that the author likely had much more difficulty in discovering than you will if you read his book. Tired of WWF books that read like a marketing document? This book is definitely about the code. Whether WWF is for you or your project is your decision, but if you decide it is or you want to know more, this is a great place for a seasoned technologist to quickly acquire perspective on this emerging technology.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Liberty VINE VOICE on March 20, 2007
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Every once in a while an author is able to take a subject that others struggle with but fail to make understandable, and succeeds in making so crystal clear that it seems obvious. Allen brilliantly illuminates Windows Workflow, and his book is required reading.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Microsoft Coder on April 25, 2007
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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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Merlin on March 2, 2007
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I read all the books on WF available. I give this 4 stars for the format, although for the real "insider" Shkula's book has it.

Some imperfections also eft me a little perplexed: for instance, the pure XAML workflow with "inline" code will not run since the code beside need to compile first (there's a good custom activity for that on the WF website).

Great work overall.
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