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    Hosting Workflows in a Web Service

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    This started as a discussion over on the forums, but I ended up writing a fairly long winded response, and for the sake of the whole internet, I'm going to place it here as well so it doesn't get lost in forum-based obscurity!

    The question related to hosting WF as a web service, but not in ASP.NET.  If you expose it as an asmx web service, either by selecting "publish as web service" or by rolling your own asmx web service project, they are going to still be hosted in IIS, but in a different application.

    Anyway, my article is located here.

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    Speech Server Video on Channel 9

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    Channel 9 has just posted a video showing off the new version of Speech Server.  Speech Server is one of the applications from Microsoft built using Windows Workflow Foundation.  As you can see in the video, they have created activities related to speech tasks, and allow you to arrange them using the workflow designer to give them drag and drop capabilities to design a speech app.  The goal here is to make authoring speech applications a whole lot easier.  The workflow designer makes its first appearence at 8:05 in the video!

    Check it out!


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    TechEd Workflow Chalk Talks

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    One of the things that worked out incredibly well at TechEd was our chalk talks.  We had a small theater set up with about 20-30 seats, a whiteboard and a small monitor for presentations.  A number of the chalk talks on Windows Workflow Foundation were "steal a chair" events, where more people showed up than chairs.  These talks were a great chance to dive deep into some specific areas of functionality, answer questions and head on over to the whiteboard to work through some design issues as well.

    Now we have the talks posted on the community site, so check them out.

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    .NET Rocks does Workflow

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    I'm still digging out from TechEd, but while I did that I fired up my podcatcher and found a new episode of .NET Rocks waiting for me, with a title that caught my eye.  I then found that on .NET Rocks TV, June has been the "Month of Workflow."  Check it out!

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    Look Mom, We Made CNET!!!

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    The workflow Technical Learning Center appears in CNET's "The View From TechEd 2006"
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    WinFX Name Change

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    S. Somasegar just announced the WinFX name change.  It's now the .NET Framework 3.0.  This is a name change for the technology, which still has all of the great parts: Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Communciation Foundation, Windows CardSpace, and Windows Workflow Foundation. I think that this makes it clear that WinFX is not a separate entity from .NET, the two have always been tied very closely together, and the naming now reflects this. 

    We'll be rolling out a new version of www.windowsworkflow.net shortly, watch this space for more details!

     

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    A Quick Update

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    I was out of town for most of this week, so I am busy catching up on things here. 

    First, I would like to thank Jon for this post, pointing out some areas of improvement which can be made in the designer re-hosting sample that I pointed to.  Paul then let me know that Vihang's article on MSDN had been updated as well.  Vihang's article is a great introduction to a lot of the issues that you will encounter in designer rehosting.

    Other than that, I'm getting ready to head off to TechEd, where the WF team will be in full force.  If you're looking to find out anything about worklow, stop by our sessions or chalk talks. If you're plate is already full with other things to do, stop on by the Connected Systems TLC in the developer section (I think it's "blue").  There will be plenty of product team members hanging around to talk about any workflow questions you might have.  I'll be the guy wearing the blue Microsoft shirt, so I should be pretty easy to find! 

    Oh, and make sure to check out www.windowsworkflow.net on Monday morning, we've got a little bit of an update coming :-);

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    Custom WF Designer Sample

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    As mentioned below, the sample is now available here.
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    MSDN Workflow Webcast Info

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    I did my first MSDN webcast this morning (you can find details about it here).  As promised I wanted to put in links to all of the demos that I did during the webcast.  If you have any questions, please let me know.  SDK samples are available in the \Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows Workflow Foundation\Samples.zip.  I usually just expand the zip file so that I have a samples subdirectory in that folder.

    • Long Running Processes (expense reporting sample)
    • Using Comples Rules (rules driven ui sample)
    • Ad Hoc Workflow (SDK:  Samples\Applications\SpeechApplication)
    • Customizing Workflows Inflight (not shown in the webcast, SDK: Samples\Technologies\DynamicUpdate\FromHost)
    • Surfacing Process Information (SDK: Samples\Applications\WorkflowMonitor)
    • Allowing Users to Customize the Workflow (custom designer sample, this will be posted shortly)

    Special thanks to Vittorio Bertocci and Iwona Bialynicka-Birula for their work on the custom designer sample application.

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