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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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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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Product Details

  • Series: Expert's Voice in .NET
  • Paperback: 744 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1st ed. 2007. Corr. 3rd printing 2007 edition (February 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590597788
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590597781
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,756,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Manoj Srivastava on July 6, 2007
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This is by far the best book in the market on WF for a programmer. If you do its programming exercises it easily replaces a 5-day hands on training course. Now that is a great ROI. The book is very easy to read and understand.

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.
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I am a colleague of the author's and recently got the opportunity to investigate using Workflow Foundation for a business application. Not knowing much about this component of .NET 3.0 and having only read some introductory material about it on MSDN, I found this book to be an excellent place to start learning it for real.

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.
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This is THE nuts and bolts book for Windows WF. The author is very good at communicating his point succinctly making all 684 pages a joy to read for those interested in WF.

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.
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I read through all of the available books on WF and this was definitely the best. Pro WF has a lot of practical information missing in a lot of other books. In particular, the sections on rules, exception handling, and web service hosting are worth the price of the book all by themselves. If you want to know how, and why, to use WF in your real every-day programming then this is the book for you.
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Very good book - covered the material well. It uses detailed examples and steps all along the way, even showing VS.NET dialogs and what to do in each. I ran into a few issues to figure out on my own when actually implementing real workflows in professional code, but WF just carries a pretty steep learning curve and you have to pay your dues somewhat. No book could ever cover every possible scenario. The workflow manager class sets a good example, but you'll want to build one that's more robust and tailored to you own coding and design styles.
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Great book for learning Windows Workflow. Just wish he would have provided better examples for the State Machine workflow. Very easy to follow and understand.
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I just wanted to heap on the praise for this book. It is complete, well organized, well-written etc etc. If you're new to WF, I highly recommend it.
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I had previously read a lot of online white papers and downloaded and installed samples from the web in trying to learn how to use windows workflow with asp.net and web services. It wasn't until I bought this book and read the chapters on web services and asp.net that it finally clicked. I was able to use to book to create the samples and it all worked. The book really explained everything in detail.

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.
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