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Pro WF: Windows Workflow in .NET 3.0 (Expert's Voice in .NET) 1st ed. 2007. Corr. 3rd printing 2007 Edition
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I would recommend the Essential Workflow Foundation by Dharma Shukla as a companion book. This one gives an insight into what .NET 3.0 WF does in the background to make it all happen. Also if you were to try to use WF without Visual Studio, Dharma Shukla book would be the right one to pick as it does not use VS at all.
This book is very clear and thorough and works through the subject in an organized and methodical way. The fact that it's written by a single author is a benefit, since it gives a more coherent treatment of the subject than some technical books written by several (or even many) people.
The text includes solid examples that don't go overboard with irrelevant tangents. I was also impressed that the author tackled some of the more difficult aspects of this technology, like hosting the workflow designer in your own applications.
I would recommend this to anybody who wants to get a deeper understanding of Workflow Foundation.
All areas of WF are covered in good detail. You learn everything from developing a no-code workflow to developing dynamic workflow and also workflow that communicates with web services and much more. The author starts small, in the first 13 pages you develop a "Hello Workflow" app and he goes over all of the auto-generated code. From there the book takes off.
One thing I really like about this book is that it really does assume you are at least an intermediate developer. You don't have to read 1/2 a page on how to create a new project, he just assumes you know how. I don't know how many times i've read an "intermediate" book that introduces collections by chapter 7 and shows you an animal hierarchy by chapter 12. For once it's nice to read a book cover to cover and just learn the whole time. The pacing in this book is perfect. It's not too hard to grasp any of the concepts as they are being presented yet it's not the type of book where you have to thumb through 1/2 the book because you already know how to declare variables and apply conditional logic.
At the time of this review all reviews have been 5 stars - and for good reason. If you're a developer comfortable with C# but have no knowledge of WF then this is the book for you.
Sections on SQL persistence are invaluable. Also, there are points in the book where he he says "watch out for..." that are worth the price of the book alone.
After I got the samples using web services and asp.net working I started reading the book from the front and got a lot of well written information on how to properly create workflows. Again, there were a lot of "watch out for..." items that proved very helpful.
This is a book you can keep nearby for accurate helpful information.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It seemed they were in a rush to get out the first book on WF. Too much verbiage, bulky, and missing key patterns and practices that would make it valuable.Published on January 24, 2012 by Hektor Konomi
The book has entire paragraphs that need to be stricken; many many paragraphs. Do you know why data integrity is important? Well, you will get lectured why whether you do or not. Read morePublished on July 16, 2008 by E. Meadows
(Note - I struggled between choosing 3 or 4 stars and finally decided on 3. It's really a 3.5 star book. Read morePublished on June 26, 2008 by C. Harrison
You need to learn workflow? Get this book. Its the CLR via C# of workflow books.Published on June 4, 2008 by William Sullivan