Paul Andrew

Technical Product Manager for Office 365 at Microsoft

BPEL for Windows Workflow Foundation March Community Technology Preview is released

BPEL for Windows Workflow Foundation March Community Technology Preview is released

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As I predicted last month, the March 2007 CTP for our BPEL activities for Windows Workflow Foundation was released today.

BPEL for Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) is an add on for Windows Workflow Foundation in the .NET Framework 3.0. BPEL is the Business Process Execution Language and this download is an unsupported Community Technology Preview (CTP) for using this technology with WF. The download, which is aimed at software developers, provides import and export tools for BPEL and includes WF activities representing BPEL for the WF designer in Visual Studio 2005.

This release reinforces how WF is extensible and not dependant on any specific modeling language for its declarative modeling approach. Others in the community are encouraged to build activity sets that represent other process modeling languages that suit their needs. By supporting declarative modelling with WF in an extensible way Microsoft is providing .NET Framework developers with a familiar code oriented approach that can also be higher level and more productive.

You can download it now from MSDN and to make the best use of it I'd recommend you also get these. You will need Windows Vista, Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 to try this.

  1. the .NET Framework 3.0
  2. the Windows Vista and .NET Framework 3.0 SDK
  3. Visual Studio 2005 Profesisonal or better
  4. the Visual Studio 2005 extensions for Windows Workflow Foundation

This technology is planend for release at the end of calendar year 2007 and we look forward to your feedback to help improve it.

BPEL for WF activities in Visual Studio 2005 tool bar

  • Fantastic! I'm glad some thought is being put in this. I was concerned that it would be left the rest of us to implement BPEL.

    Thanks!

  • As I predicted last month , the March 2007 CTP for our BPEL activities for Windows Workflow Foundation

  • ClickOnce Community Resource Kit has found a new home [Via: brian@softinsight.com ] Health Monitoring...

  • The CTP for BPEL for Windows Workflow is available download it now from MSDN The March 2007 CTP for our

  • But when i create a workflow project and wnat to view workflow in desinger, I always get an "Microsoft.VisualStudio.Shell.WindowPane.GetService(

    System.Type)" error!

  • Via Paul's blog post here; BPEL for Windows Workflow Foundation March Community Technology Preview is...

  • Looking forward to the final release later this year

  • Looking forward to the final release later this year

  • Hi,

    That's great. I was looking for any articles on examples using this. But found none.

    Can you please suggest?

    Thanks

  • Jay,

    There are release notes, samples and a quickstart guide within the download package.

    Thanks

  • Are there any tutorials, documentation or sample BPEL workflow projects available for download?

  • Check out Paul Andrew's latest post on BPEL for Windows Workflow Foundation Paul is a Windows Workflow

  • Before we get to the point that WCF+WF Orcas (Silver) is released, some other WCF and WF related releases

  • In a sample project (loan approval) there is a process definition BrokerWorkflow.bpel. In partner links definition:

    "

    <partnerLinks>

     <partnerLink name="brokerLink" partnerLinkType="myns:LoanBrokerLink" myRole="Requester" />

     <parnterLink name="creditLink" partnerLink="myns:CreditAgencyLink" myRole="Borrower" />

     <parnterLink name="bankLink" partnerLinkType="myns:InternationalBankLink" myRole="Banker" />

     <partnerLink name="databaseLink" parnterLinkType="myns:DatabaseServiceLink" myRole="DatabaseUser" />

    </partnerLinks>

    "

    only myRole is used. Why? why isn't partnerRole used for creditLink, bankLink and databaseLink?

    Doesn't the definition above mean that the broker process must implement BrokerWebServiceSoap, CreditAgencyWebServiceSoap, BankWebServiceSoap, DataBaseServiceSoap?

  • Is it possible to expose BPEL workflows as WCF services?

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