Performance and Windows Workflow Foundation

The topic of performance has come up a few times with people who have been evaluating WF, so its great to see a white paper on performance has been published. You can read some background to it on Paul Andrew’s blog, or read the paper direct here.

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"Essential Windows Workflow Foundation" Book

When I was at TechEd Developer in Barcelona a few weeks ago, I sat in on a few Windows Workflow Foundation sessions, and the latest book on Workflow “Essential Windows Workflow Foundation” by Dharma Shukla and Bob Schmidt was being touted as the Workflow book. Well,  I finally found a few hours free to read the first few…

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Tech·Ed: Developers – The Virtual Side

I’ll be at TechEd: Developers in Barcelona all next week, and if you’re there too, I hope you a great time, and perhaps I can catch up with a few people. I’ll be presenting a session on the first morning, and at the Office “Ask The Experts” area most afternoons. If you can’t make it, no…

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A Quick Plug for TechEd Developers, Nov 2006, Barcelona

I just wanted to give a little plug for the upcoming TechEd Developer event in November in Barcelona. If you have attended any of the previous TechEds in Europe, you will know what great events they are – lots of speaker sessions, ask the expert areas, the opportunity to do a little social networking, and…

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AND THE AWARD FOR THE LONGEST MICROSOFT PRODUCT NAME GOES TO . . .

Why do Microsoft product names keep getting longer? I have this hunch that there is a secret competition going on in Redmond in the product team to get the longest product name out there. What makes me suspect this? Well . . . . . .  Visual Studio 2005 Tools for Office Second Edition Beta ! Of…

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SO MANY OFFICE 2007 RESOURCES FOR DEVELOPERS OUT THERE

I’ve been working a fair bit with Office 2007, from a dev perspective, for the last six months, and its great that a lot more articles, videos, etc, have started to appear, which makes the whole process easier to get up and going. This is especially important, as for many developers, Office dev is still…

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FRee download – 7 Development Projects for Office 2007 and Sharepoint v3

I recently was sent a link to this free download from the Microsoft web site – a PDF book “7 Development Projects for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services Version 3.0“. Phew – a bit of a mouthful! We gave this book away in printed form to delegates at TehcEd in the…

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Getting started with Excel Services

I’ve recently started working with Excel Services, one of the new services in Microsoft Office System Server (MOSS). It’s Excel for the server, and very neat too. Lots of people have been asking for this type of calculation engine, and now that’s its out in beta 2, you can check it out yourself. The easiest…


Office Developer Conference 2006 – it’s more than you think..

Thanks to everyone who attended the Microsoft Office Developer Conference 2006 – all 400 or so off you – we hope you found it useful. Certainly the feedback was great from everyone I spoke too, and there lots of questions and discussions. I certainly enjoyed the preparing and delivering my two sessions on SharePoint, and…

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Workflow Serialization – what you need to know about persistence

Jon Flanders’ recent blog on Workflow Serialization came about because of a question I raised on a Microsoft alias about  Workflow’s persistence service, which Jon responded to with this blog entry. I thought was a really simple question, but caused some discussion about what happens under the covers when serialization takes place, so I would…