• mwinkle.blog

    We're Hiring


    My team is looking for people interested in building the next generation of the WF designer.  We've posted an opening here, please let me know if you're interested. 

    I can't really say too much about what we're building, but it's a great team that's committed to creating a great experience for building, editing, and viewing workflows.  Everyone on the team believes in the power of a declarative model of process, and believes that tools are the way that model is consumable by humans.  Everyone also believes that we're making it easier to write code and solve problems with software, which makes our mission exciting.

    From the job posting:

    Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) is the workflow engine that powers SharePoint, Speech Server, the next major release of BizTalk, and countless customer and partner solutions as part of the .NET Framework. Our team builds the tooling that allows people to rapidly model, execute and debug the execution logic of their applications in a rich, graphical programming environment. The tools we build range from flowchart and process designers, to the visualization and management of complex rule sets. If you’re passionate about enabling the rapid modeling of process, or creating a great user experience building on the power of WPF, check us out. The tools we build will ship inside the next release of Visual Studio and the .NET Framework, and support the “Oslo” effort currently ongoing in Microsoft’s Connected Systems Division.

    The Program Manager role so far has been a great experience for me (coming up on 4 months now).  If you've got questions, drop me a line at mwinkle [at] [large redmond based software firm].com. 

  • mwinkle.blog

    Designer Rehosting Survey


    We're heads down working on the next version of the WF designer.  One of the areas we're considering investing in is the area of designer re-hosting.  The V1 designer had this really cool feature where you can rehost the designer inside any winforms app.  I've been surprised by the number of customers I've talked to who are very interested in doing this to either allow end users to edit process, or simply to enable the visualization of the workflow.

    We're really interested in why and how you are using designer rehosting (or, even more importantly, why you may have decided to not rehost the designer).

    We've got a survey posted here, and would appreciate a few minutes of your time to fill it out.

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