Windows Server AppFabric Beta 2 is Available On Monday, March 1st, we announced on the Window Server blog that Windows Server AppFabric Beta 2 is available for download. First publicized at PDC 2009, Windows Server AppFabric is a set of application services focused on improving the speed, scale, and management of Web, Composite, and Enterprise applications. Note that this Beta is compatible with Visual Studio 2010 RC. Developers and IT pros can expect the following benefits from Windows Server AppFabric: · Faster Web Apps Made Easy - Windows Server AppFabric...
WF/WCF using Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Kit The Microsoft WF/WCF using Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Kit includes presentations, hands-on labs, and demos. This content is designed to help you learn how to utilize the Visual Studio 2010 features and a variety of WF and WCF new features. Learn basic workflow creation, hosting and running , and test-drive workflow development. Get an introduction to workflow services, communication between workflows and content based correlation of workflow instances. ...
WF 4.0: Long Running Custom Activities with Bookmarks and NativeActivity
This is another post in my WF 4.0: Custom Activities series. In a previous post I have talked about creating a code only custom activity that performs a simple task. In this post I’ll talk about creating a more complex activities that takes inputs from the calling program during their execution.
In the previous post WF 4.0: Code Only Custom Activities for Atomic Actions | CodeActivity, CodeActivity<T> I implemented the following activity for reading a string from the console.
public class ReadString2 : CodeActivity<string>
protected override void Execute(CodeActivityContext context)
WF 4.0: Code Only Custom Activities for Atomic Actions | CodeActivity, CodeActivity<T> This is another post in my WF 4.0: Custom Activities series. In this post I’ll talk about creating a code only custom activity that performs a simple task. I’ll also use input and output parameters and talk about activities that returns a single value. A Simple Code Activity Lets start by building a simple activity that outputs a certain string to the console. To to that, lets add a new item of type Workflow Element (under the Workflow node in the item...
WF 4.0: Custom Activities
There are several ways to build custom activities in WF 4.0:
Xaml Based, Composite Activities
Code Based Composite Activities
Code Only Activities for Atomic Actions
Code Only Activities for Long Running Operations
In the following posts I’ll talks about each of those approaches and update the above links.
WF 4.0: Building a Hello World Sequential Workflow Note: This post is based on Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 which is the latest version available in the time of writing this post, so by the time this technology ships, there are probably things that will be slight different. Start Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 and create a new Sequential Workflow Console Application. After you click OK, visual studio creates the new projects and creates a new WF project, in which there are some things you should know about: References: ...
XAML in .Net 4.0: Serialization and Deserialization using XamlServices Note: This post is based on Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 which is the latest version available in the time of writing this post, so by the time this technology ships, there are probably things that will be slight different. In order to serialize and deserialize using XAML in .Net Framework 4.0 we have to reference a new assembly called System.Xaml.dll. Since XAML was originally used only in WPF, some features are dependent on classes that are inside WindowsBase.dll. Serialize to Xaml with XamlServices...
Download PDC 2008 Sessions and Watch Offline
personally prefer watching sessions regardless of my Internet connection status, so I decided to download PDC08 sessions and watch offline.
I collected the list of available sessions from PDC 08, and they are easy to download. I personally use Free Download Manager for simultaneous efficient downloads - you can try it yourself. Just select all the text in this post, right click and select “Download Selected with Free Download Manager”.
For a full list of downloads and links, you can download this excel file that contains all the information.
KYN01 - Day 1 Morning Keynote Ray...
Finally Released: DinnerNow.Net for Visual Studio 2008 RTM After being requested so many times in the forums and discussion lists, it is Finally Released: DinnerNow.Net for Visual Studio 2008 RTM. If you're not familiar with the DinnerNow.Net sample application, this is a fully open-source application that demonstrates the core concepts and enhancement in the .Net Framework 3.5 such as: LINQ to SQL WF/WCF integration IIS7 & Windows Activation Services (WAS) hosting for WCF services WCF 3.5 Syndication Services ...
Test Yourself: Are you a Windows Workflow Foundation Expert? K. Scott Allen has posted 10 "hard core" WF questions to ask a job candidate. I haven't done a job interview with someone and asked him about WF, but it was nice to evaluate my knowledge of the technology. If you're using WF on a regular basis, I suggest that you take this "test" and catch up where you are missing some information. The list of answers can help. Enjoy!