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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

Hosting a workflow service in IIS7

The process of sending an e-mail would consume some time—maybe a few seconds or even minutes. It would be a waste of time and resources for our applications to stop and wait for an e-mail sending action to complete. Because sending e-mail is time-consuming, a better design is to strip this feature out as an independent WCF workflow service and host that service in IIS7.

Getting ready

We need the SendEmailActivity activity to send an e-mail. We can check this activity in Chapter 5, Custom Activities.

How to do it...

  1. Create a WCF workflow service application:

    Create a WCF workflow service application and name it HostingWorkflowServiceInIIS7.

  2. Add SendEmailActivity to the toolbox:

    In the Toolbox tab, right-click and select Choose Items. In the opening dialog, click Browse and navigate to the ActivityLibrary.dll from the sample code of chapter05. Next, check SendEmailActivity:

    Click OK. We will find SendEmailActivity in the toolbox:

  3. Create a SendEmail workflow...