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Microsoft Refreshed .NET Framework 4.5 with Updates

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Jan 12, 2013 2

Microsoft has recently released updates for .NET Framework 4.5 which fixes reliability, compatibility, stability, and performance issues associated with WPF, CLR, Windows Forms, XML, NCL, ASP.NET, WWF, WCF and Entity Framework.

More on Windows Workflow Foundation Support for PowerShell 3

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 26, 2012

Microsoft is starting to release more details on Windows PowerShell Workflow. Also known as PSWF, this feature of PowerShell 3 allows administrators to “reliably executing long-running tasks across multiple computers, devices or IT processes”. Since we are talking about Windows Workflow, the term “long-running” can mean hours or even days.

Microsoft Deprecates Legacy Workflow Foundation Libraries in New Beta Release

by Richard Seroter on  Feb 09, 2012 2

In a recent blog post, Microsoft announced that the first generation objects of their WF technology are being deprecated in the upcoming .NET 4.5 release. WF, which is a workflow engine leveraged by .NET developers as well as a handful of Microsoft server products, has multiple new capabilities in .NET 4.5 while officially putting application that leverage the old .NET 3.0 objects on notice.

Windows Workflow 4 – A New Product with an Old Name

by Jonathan Allen on  Jan 21, 2010 3

Windows Workflow 4 is a major rewrite of the library. While it has the same goal, to provide a modeling language for long-running tasks, there are some significant differences coming out of what is essentially a complete rewrite.

Building Applications, the Workflow Way

by Boris Lublinsky on  Jun 10, 2009 1

A new article by David Chappell describes how BPM engines are different from plain programs written in Java, C#, etc. and the ways Windows Workflow Foundation can be used to build workflow applications.

CSLA .NET 3.6 Supports Silverlight 2.0

by Abel Avram on  Dec 18, 2008 1

The Component-based Scalable Logical Architecture for .NET (CSLA .NET) version 3.6 has been released including support for Microsoft Silverlight 2.0. CSLA .NET is a .NET software development framework which helps one to “build a powerful, maintainable business logic layer for Windows, Web, service-oriented and workflow applications”.

Windows Communication Foundation: Application Deployment Scenarios

by Boris Lublinsky on  May 25, 2008 2

Microsoft has just published an excellent overview of WCF capabilities and deployment strategies for 5 most common SOA scenarios including Enterprise Web services, Web 2.0 services, intranet applications, queued messaging and Workflow services.

Article: Implementing Manual Activities in Windows Workflow

by Stefan Tilkov on  May 06, 2008 9

Windows workflow is an excellent framework for implementing business processes. One thing that is missing in it is direct support for human activities. Several approaches to solving this problem exist, but they are not generic enough for general usage. In this article we will define one of the approaches to a completely generic implementation of human activities in WF.

The Using CSLA .NET 3.0 Book now available for VB.NET and C#

by Robert Bazinet on  Oct 19, 2007

The latest version of Rocky Lhotka's Component-based Scalable Logical Architecture for .NET (CSLA .NET) book, is available for C# and now VB.NET. The framework enables developers to create an object-oriented business layer that abstracts and encapsulates the business logic and data.

Interview: Introduction to Workflow Foundation

by James Vastbinder on  Aug 07, 2007 1

Workflow Foundation is the new workflow engine from Microsoft. Matt Winkler, Microsoft Technical Evangelist, walks through the story of Workflow Foundation, when to use it and the futures planned in the next version.

Article: Intro to .NET 3.0 for Architects

by James Vastbinder on  Jul 03, 2007 3

Mohammad Akif introduces the concepts behind .NET 3.0 that architects need to understand. Mohammad walks through the basics of Windows Communication Foundation, Windows Presentation Foundation, Workflow Foundation and Windows Card Spaces.

Interview: Scott Allan on Windows Workflow Foundation

by Floyd Marinescu on  Apr 23, 2007 2

Scott Allan is interviewed by David Totzke on Windows Workflow Foundation, recorded a year ago at VSLive Toronto. Scott talks about the capabilities of Windows Workflow foundation, how it integrates into application development, how Microsoft is using WWF in its own products, DSLs and WWF, and architectural pattterns possible with WWF.

Presentation: Beat Schwegler on Architecting for SOA

by Stefan Tilkov on  Apr 11, 2007 7

In this decidedly non-marketing presentation, Microsoft Architect Beat Schwegler shows how service-orientation affects system architecture. He introduces the notion of a service model as a mediator between the business and technology models, and explains how a migration towards such an architecture could occur through a step-by-step architectural refactoring.

Visual Studio Orcas Round-Up

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 08, 2007

InfoQ has assembled a summary of the features included in the March CTP of Visual Studio Orcas. The Orcas CTP, which is expected to be released as VS 2007, can be downloaded from MSDN.

Microsoft Announces its Commitment to BPEL 1.1 and 2.0

by Harmut Wilms on  Mar 01, 2007

Microsoft already supports BPEL in its ESB product BizTalk Server. Now the company has announced its plans to support BPEL within the Windows Workflow Foundation (WF), which is integrated into Windows Vista. BPEL will be supported by a set of WF activities available as BPEL for Windows Workflow Foundation.

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