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Microsoft Windows Workflow Foundation 4.0 Cookbook

By : Andrew Zhu
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Microsoft Windows Workflow Foundation 4.0 Cookbook

By: Andrew Zhu

Overview of this book

Windows Workflow Foundation 4.0 (WF) is a significant part of .NET Framework 4.0. WF makes workflow technology available to every single programmer that uses the .NET Framework 4.0. It is easy to create long running and distributed programs using WF with the right knowledge. With this book, you will discover that working with workflows is easy. This book provides both step-by-step recipes and relevant background information. It covers all the important aspects of Windows Workflow Foundation 4.0. The best thing about this book is that all recipes are based on real-world experiences of Andrew Zhu. Andrew is a global WF and BizTalk technology support engineer for Microsoft. This book covers everything you need to know, when working with workflows. Get to grips with flow control activities, messaging, and transaction processes with easy to understand steps followed by explanations. You will quickly learn to use collection and custom WF activities and WF services.You will see recipes that illustrate integration of Windows Workflow with other applications such as WPF, ASP.NET, WCF service.Lastly, you will discover how easily you can customize W4 Designer with WF rule engine and others.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Microsoft Windows Workflow Foundation 4.0 Cookbook
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Sending and receiving a reply to a WCF message

In this task, we are going to create a WCF client workflow. The workflow will send a WCF request with two integer numbers to a WF service and receive a reply from the WCF service with the addition result.

Getting ready

For this task, we need to choose one of the previous tasks that we performed as the WF service—Receiving and replying a WCF message or Receiving and replying to a WCF message in code workflow. I will use the WF service that is hosted in IIS.

How to do it...

  1. Create a Workflow Console Application project:

    Create a new Workflow Console Application named SendAndReceive.

  2. Find out service information:

    Before moving to authoring a workflow service client, we need to find out some basic WCF service information—as we stated in the first task of this chapter, the famous ABC of WCF services.

    We can use WCF Test Client to collect those ABCs. Add WF service to WCF Test Client and double-click the Config File.

    Now, we find out the ABC of the workflow...