New Release Microsoft.Activities.UnitTesting 1.71

Just posted a new release of Microsoft.Activities.UnitTesting This release incorporates the Task Parallel Library to greatly simplify test code. Episodes You can now create a task that will run an episode of work in the workflow. An episode is simply a pulse of work that the workflow runs. For example an episode might look like…

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Book Review: Windows Workflow Foundation 4 Cookbook

Andrew Zhu works for Microsoft in Shanghai and has been using WF4 since the very early days.  He frequently answers questions on our internal mailing list and on the WF Forums so when I heard that he was writing a book about WF4 I knew it would be a good one. I just got my…

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WCF and AppFabric Auto-Start

Auto-start is a really cool feature of Windows Server AppFabric.  Recently I was asked about how you can do some kind of process initialization in your code with Auto-start (which the documentation implies that you can do).  This led to a discussion with a number of questions that we want to address What does Auto-start…

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How to consume a WCF Service from a WF4 Workflow

Recently I saw a message on the WF4 Forum where someone was asking for help learning how to consume a WCF service from a Workflow. In this post I’m going to walk through how you can consume a WCF service from a Workflow where both the service and the workflow live in the same web…

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New WF4 Caching Activities for Windows Server AppFabric

I’m happy to announce that we have just posted a “Labs” release on our http://wf.codeplex.com site with some new Caching Activities.  These activities work with Windows Server AppFabric Caching making it possible for you to use the cache directly from your workflow In this example I’m implementing the “Cache Aside” pattern where I first try…

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