Tips and Tricks in hosting .NET4 Workflow Designer: how to load a ‘blank’ Activity Builder Designer Grid!

Background: ISVs typically host the Workflow Designer to enable the ITPros use the tool set outside the Visual Studio UI experience. Problem: While loading a new Designer view in the rehosted Workflow Designer, the method workflowDesigner.Load (new Sequence ()) by default loads an empty Sequence Activity in the Activity Builder designer grid (Figure 1).  In…


A Complete Solution to Provide Remote Assistance (debugging etc.) for .NET4 Workflows Managed by Windows Server AppFabric

A common problem IT support teams (especially multi location enterprises) have to grapple with is providing debugging assistance to IT Admin and Junior Developers at remote locations. Compounding the problem is restricted access to the machine due to logistical or security considerations. Packaging the meta data, instance data and log files relating to the erroneous instance…


Configuring WF Activity Properties by Morphing Activity Designers: Improved end-user (ITPro) experience in Workflow Designer

There are quite a few configuration steps to be completed on the Workflow Activity after it is dragged onto the workflow design surface. The complexity and the number of data entry points for configuring these Activities could lead to errors and poor user experience.  A very common ask from the developers and ITPro users in…


Hosting the Workflow Designer is so much easier in .NET4

One of the most appreciated features of .NET Framework 4/Windows Workflow Foundation namespaces  is the ability to (re)host the Workflow Designer within a line-of-business design ‘surface’ (application) with relative ease. This is especially important for ISVs that prefer to provide a domain specific Workflow authoring application instead of the Visual Studio environment – the default…


SharePoint Server 2010 and Windows Server AppFabric Interoperability

Calling a .NET4 WCF/Workflow Service hosted in AppFabric from a .NET3.5 Workflow hosted in SharePoint Introduction The following blog put together by our team goes into some details of demonstrating interoperability between SharePoint Server 2010 (Beta1) and Windows Server AppFabric (Beta1). As you may be aware SharePoint 2010 uses .NET 3.5 based Workflow technologies while…