- Paperback: 624 pages
- Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (September 29, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470402512
- ISBN-13: 978-0470402511
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,715,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
Professional Microsoft SharePoint 2007 Workflow Programming
SharePoint 2007 Workflow offers a vast array of rich workflow programming facilities so that you can implement and deploy your own custom workflows and activities, allowing you to create features and functions that were never before possible. Packed with practical, real-world examples and step-by-step recipes, this book presents you with detailed code walkthroughs and in-depth technical discussions to help you gain the skills, knowledge, and experience you need to develop and to deploy your own custom SharePoint workflows and activities.
You'll discover the similarities and differences between workflow programming and traditional procedural programming languages such as C#. You'll also explore workflow association and initiation input forms and examine how SharePoint takes advantage of the extensibility points of Windows Workflow Foundation to add support to specific functions of SharePoint. Along the way, you'll discover how to implement data description and manifest files to deploy your custom workflows and actions through SharePoint solution packages.
What you will learn from this book
The standard SharePoint activities inherited from CallExternalMethodActivity and HandleExternalEventActivity activities
How to take advantage of workflow security in your own custom workflows
Techniques for implementing a custom workflow edit task input form and deploy it as part of the deployment of a site content type
How to develop, deploy, and test a custom Office SharePoint Designer 2007 action
Ways to use the XML markup language to describe your own custom actions and conditions to Office SharePoint Designer 2007
Who this book is for
This book is for SharePoint developers who have a basic understanding of Windows Workflow Foundation and SharePoint 2007, but are looking for more advanced coverage of SharePoint 2007 workflow and activity programming.
Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.
Top customer reviews
This book basically seems to be a re-iteration of the available API and reads more like a laundry list of the various APIs. I don't see how it's an improvement over the API documentation available at [...].
It seems to be lacking in any real understanding of Sharepoint and how to use it effectively.
If you are considering getting this book, definitely skim it first at a local bookstore so that you know what you are getting into.
Definitely not recommended..
If you are a experienced Workflow developer and not have any development experience with SharePoint take it. I think the author has done a good job covering the essential technology and given good examples.
Had I found this book when I was just starting off with custom workflows, I would have been elated! The author has some really good bits of information and he did indeed answer the questions I needed answers to.
The downside of this book is that it is filled with lots of "fluff". Code snippets were repeated over and over and sections of text seemed to be cut from one section of the book and pasted into another.
He also goes into detail about how the Windows workflow API would be coded when, in Visual Studio with SharePoint extensions, you just drag and drop a control and it writes the required code for you. I'm sure there are those who want to know every detail about how the controls work, but I am not one of those. Interestingly, he delved deeply into the API, but skipped over setting up the environment (VS2008). It would have been nice to see how he structured the projects in VS 2008 since the layout is completely different from VS 2005.
Of the almost 600 pages, probably 250 of those were useful. I would recommend this book to those working with custom workflows, especially to those just starting off with them. Just skip a few pages now and again and you will be happy.