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Introduction to Microsoft Windows Workflow Foundation WF

Workflow Foundation WF is part of the .NET Framework, and allows you the ability to separate business logic from code.
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At the heart of almost all business processes lies some type of workflow. Whether you are the local pizza shop, a worldwide shipping company, a job board, or a video game manufacturer, you have business processes that drive your business in a systematic way, and that way can be expressed as a workflow.

Of course, workflow modelling has been around for decades. With UML, and other modelling languages, almost all developers are familiar with flowcharts, and pseudo-code, and other ways of expressing a program visually without writing lines of code.

Microsoft provides a workflow tool within the .NET platform called Workflow Foundation (WF). Also called Windows Workflow Foundation. (But don't call it WWF - that's taken.)

Workflow Foundation provides a visual workflow designer where you can model your business processes. You can use three different styles of modeling your workflow:

  • State diagram
  • Flowchart / data driven workflow
  • Sequence diagram

Using this workflow designer, you can separate out the business logic from the implementation code. You can see, what steps come in what order. You don't have to be a programmer to see and understand the workflow in the workflow designer view.

Of course, if you are a programmer and love working in the IDE, you can code the Workflow using .NET code. The option is yours!

Thank you for signing up for this course on Udemy. The course will always be up-to-date here and nowhere else. I am also available for questions inside the course discussion board.

Grab this course today, and understand how Microsoft's Windows Workflow Foundation works!

Who is the target audience?
  • .NET developers
  • People wanting to understand how Workflow can fit into a project
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What Will I Learn?
Understand how Workflow Foundation can be used to save development time
Work with the Workflow designer to create Sequence Workflows
Work with the Workflow designer to create State Workflows
Work with the Workflow designer to create Flowcharts
Implement Workflow in .NET code
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  • A basic understanding of C#
  • A basic understanding of the .NET Framework, 3.0 and above
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 31 Lectures Collapse All 31 Lectures 02:06:19
What is Windows Workflow
2 Lectures 07:03

Downloading and Installing
Diving into Visual Studio
4 Lectures 17:29

Hello World!

Hello XAML!

Workflow Foundation Types
4 Lectures 24:49
Workflow - Sequence

Compound Activities and Custom Acitivites

Workflow - Flowchart

Workflow - State Machine
Traffic Light State Machine
7 Lectures 17:16
Setting the Red Light State

Setting the Green Light State

Setting the Yellow Light State

Switching from Red to Green

Switching from Green to Yellow

Switching from Yellow to Red

Testing the Traffic Light
Compiled Code Activities and Variables
6 Lectures 28:23
Creating Workflow in Code Only

Working with Activity Variables

Adding Activities to the Sequence

Testing the Project

BONUS 1 - Calling .NET Classes from Inside Workflow

BONUS 2 - Using Arguments to Pass Data In
CodeActivity and NativeActivity
5 Lectures 31:09
Introducing CodeActivity

Implementing a CodeActivity

Introducing NativeActivity

Creating a NativeActivity

Implementing a NativeActivity
Bonus and Wrapup
3 Lectures 00:14
Useful Resources

Final Source Code

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Hi there, my name is Scott Duffy. And I love making complex technical topics easy to understand.

This has been the basis of my entire career – as a developer, as a development manager, as a software architect – over the past 20 years. I spend half my time in the world of business, explaining complex technical topics to business owners and stakeholders so that they can understand and agree with my approach to solving their business problems with technical solutions. And the other half with developers, explaining the business reasons behind decisions and ensuring that any decisions made on the technical side don't restrict the business in unexpected ways.

And I'm here on Udemy to teach what I know in an approachable way. I started teaching courses on TOGAF 9.1 in 2014, and have taught over 10,000 students on that subject since then. I am a member of the Open Group, and also hold a commercial license to teach TOGAF.

I have been developing with Microsoft technologies for 20 years, starting with Classic ASP, and all the versions of .NET. We now live in the cloud era, with Microsoft Azure being prevalent in most large enterprises. I'm certified as an Azure Architect too.

Please don't hesitate to drop me a message if you have a suggestion for a topic for one of my courses, or need help with something. I may not always be able to help you directly, but I would still love to talk to you.

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