Microsoft provides BPEL 2.0 in WF – BPEL for Windows Workflow Foundation March CTP

In March 2007 Microsoft plans to release a CTP of a set of BPEL activities for Windows Workflow Foundation (WF). This will be called BPEL for Windows Workflow Foundation March CTP and the CTP release will implement the BPEL 1.1 specification. The final release of BPEL for Windows Workflow Foundation will implement the OASIS BPEL 2.0 standard…


What to use Windows Workflow Foundation for?

We established that Windows Workflow Foundation isn’t an end user product in a recent entry. In this entry I want to give my opinions on what software developers should be using WF for. WF is a new capability in the .NET Framework 3.0 that developers have to use in solutions that they build. After working with lots…


SharePoint Workflow Starter Kit for Software Developers

The SharePoint team originally primarily targetted information workers in providing a workflow development environment for their SharePoint Designer product when they released Windows SharePoint Services v3. For developers who prefer Visual Studio for creating workflows there is now the Workflow Starter Kit as was announced on Randall Isenhour’s blog. I think that software developers will be…


Integrating Windows Workflow Foundation and Windows Communication Foundation

Just posted today: This new article and sample provide a great demo and example code for using WF and WCF together for building workflow-enabled services. It is a rebuild of an Expense Reporting demo that we have had for WF for some time.


How does Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) compare to product X?

I get asked this question a bit from people who have heard of WF but have not read much about it. This applies to BizTalk Server 2006, Office SharePoint Server 2007, SourceCode K2, Skelta, Captaris, other BPM products, etc. Here’s how I explain it. I’ll try to avoid the million analogies that could be used…


Back from Holidays and into Workflow (WF)

Since my last post we’ve had the Christmas holidays and I had a relaxing break. We also had a power outtage for four and a half days which was less relaxing. Today I’m catching up on some of the goings on around Windows Workflow Foundation with a link listing. If you too were away for…


Momentum is building for workflow-enabled software

Previously I’ve posted about customers engaging with the WF TAP program. TAP is Technology Adoption Program and it was a program that we started for a small select group of customers when WF wasn’t even named. I’ve posted about Six Microsoft products that are using or planning to use WF. I’ve also posted about the…


.NET Framework 3.0 RTM at TechEd Developers in Barcelona

I’m here in Barcelona and the news is that the .NET Framework 3.0 is released. It’s available now for download targetting Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. The Visual Studio extensions for Windows Workflow Foundation are also released. The download links are here. I recorded a short video of the announcement for The Virtual Side of TechEd…


Extending the WF publish as Web Service, or get rid of

If you have been using Windows Workflow Foundation to build web service business logic, you may be using the publish-as-web-service tool that is part of the Visual Studio extensions for Windows Workflow Foundation. How it works is if you have a workflow model defined in a Visual Studio project you can right click on the…


Ten Reasons why WF is not a Toy

Harry Pierson blogged about his opinion that the WF persistence service is a toy and the WF web services implementation is a toy. He points out some specific issues that he has with these parts of WF but he hasn’t given the full story and not all of his facts are right. Here’s the areas…