Microsoft Windows Workflow Foundation 4.0 Cookbook
By Andrew Zhu
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Final Release Date: September 2010
Pages: 255

In Detail

Windows Workflow Foundation 4.0 (WF) is a significant part of .NET Framework 4.0. WF makes workflow technology available to every single programmer that uses the .NET Framework 4.0. It is easy to create long running and distributed programs using WF with the right knowledge. With this book, you will discover that working with workflows is easy.

This book provides both step-by-step recipes and relevant background information. It covers all the important aspects of Windows Workflow Foundation 4.0. The best thing about this book is that all recipes are based on real-world experiences of Andrew Zhu. Andrew is a global WF and BizTalk technology support engineer for Microsoft. This book covers everything you need to know, when working with workflows. Get to grips with flow control activities, messaging, and transaction processes with easy to understand steps followed by explanations. You will quickly learn to use collection and custom WF activities and WF services.

You will see recipes that illustrate integration of Windows Workflow with other applications such as WPF, ASP.NET, WCF service.Lastly, you will discover how easily you can customize W4 Designer with WF rule engine and others.

A fast-paced handbook with all that you wanted to know about working with workflows


This is a fast-paced and to-the-point handbook, it takes you through the important aspects that you need to know when working with Windows WF. The range of topics that we cover in this book is driven by what the working developer needs to know. It is neither a comprehensive reference to the whole WF architecture, nor a strategic guide to the complete application development lifecycle.

Who this book is for

If you find yourself working with Windows Workflow Foundation 4.0 and you have basic knowledge of C#/.NET Framework/ VB and workflow, this book is for you. It will be best if you know both C# and VB, because WF 4.0 expression can only be written in VB (at the time of writing). With this book, you will be able to enhance your applications with flexible workflow capabilities using WF 4.0. To follow the recipes, you will need to be comfortable with .NET Framework, C# programming, basics of SOA, and how to develop them.

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Useful enough, but no masterpiece

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  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples


  • Too basic

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Comments about oreilly Microsoft Windows Workflow Foundation 4.0 Cookbook:

All in all, this book does its job. It provides a reasonable amount of ready-to-use examples which can be used to take first steps with WF technologies. It does not cover esoteric use cases, nor does it progress considerably beyond the level of complexity that is also reflected in examples on MSDN or StackOverflow, so if you're fine with reading the online material you definitely don't need this book. The writing of the book exposes numerous grammar problems, which is really surprising considering it's positioned in the professional segment. Since the market isn't exactly flooded with WF 4 books right now I'd say it's still worth the buy.

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