Paul Andrew

Technical Product Manager for Office 365 at Microsoft

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  • Blog Post: Microsoft provides BPEL 2.0 in WF - BPEL for Windows Workflow Foundation March CTP

    In March 2007 Microsoft plans to release a CTP of a set of BPEL activities for Windows Workflow Foundation (WF). This will be called BPEL for Windows Workflow Foundation March CTP and the CTP release will implement the BPEL 1.1 specification. The final release of BPEL for Windows Workflow Foundation...
  • Blog Post: What to use Windows Workflow Foundation for?

    We established that Windows Workflow Foundation isn't an end user product in a recent entry . In this entry I want to give my opinions on what software developers should be using WF for. WF is a new capability in the .NET Framework 3.0 that developers have to use in solutions that they build. After working...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Workflow Starter Kit for Software Developers

    The SharePoint team originally primarily targetted information workers in providing a workflow development environment for their SharePoint Designer product when they released Windows SharePoint Services v3. For developers who prefer Visual Studio for creating workflows there is now the Workflow Starter...
  • Blog Post: Integrating Windows Workflow Foundation and Windows Communication Foundation

    Just posted today: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb266709.aspx This new article and sample provide a great demo and example code for using WF and WCF together for building workflow-enabled services. It is a rebuild of an Expense Reporting demo that we have had for WF for some time.
  • Blog Post: How does Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) compare to product X?

    I get asked this question a bit from people who have heard of WF but have not read much about it. This applies to BizTalk Server 2006, Office SharePoint Server 2007, SourceCode K2, Skelta, Captaris, other BPM products, etc. Here's how I explain it. I'll try to avoid the million analogies that could be...
  • Blog Post: Back from Holidays and into Workflow (WF)

    Since my last post we've had the Christmas holidays and I had a relaxing break. We also had a power outtage for four and a half days which was less relaxing. Today I'm catching up on some of the goings on around Windows Workflow Foundation with a link listing. If you too were away for the holidays this...
  • Blog Post: Momentum is building for workflow-enabled software

    Previously I've posted about customers engaging with the WF TAP program . TAP is Technology Adoption Program and it was a program that we started for a small select group of customers when WF wasn't even named. I've posted about Six Microsoft products that are using or planning to use WF . I've also...
  • Blog Post: .NET Framework 3.0 RTM at TechEd Developers in Barcelona

    I'm here in Barcelona and the news is that the .NET Framework 3.0 is released. It's available now for download targetting Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. The Visual Studio extensions for Windows Workflow Foundation are also released. The download links are here . I recorded a short video of the...
  • Blog Post: Extending the WF publish as Web Service, or get rid of tempuri.org

    If you have been using Windows Workflow Foundation to build web service business logic, you may be using the publish-as-web-service tool that is part of the Visual Studio extensions for Windows Workflow Foundation. How it works is if you have a workflow model defined in a Visual Studio project you can...
  • Blog Post: Ten Reasons why WF is not a Toy

    Harry Pierson blogged about his opinion that the WF persistence service is a toy and the WF web services implementation is a toy. He points out some specific issues that he has with these parts of WF but he hasn't given the full story and not all of his facts are right. Here's the areas where I disagree...
  • Blog Post: People are building software with Windows Workflow Foundation

    Here's a report that Quest software is workflow-enabling Active Roles Server. It already has workflow in it, but they say it will move to Windows Workflow Foundation. http://www.linuxworld.com.au/index.php/id;1684931305
  • Blog Post: Pluralsight Training course on WF coming up in Minneapolis

    If you are looking for professional training on Windows Workflow Foundation have a look at Pluralsights upcoming 4 day course next month in November 2006. http://www.pluralsight.com/courses/introducingWF.aspx You can find a wide variety of Windows Workflow Foundation training listed at http://msdn...
  • Blog Post: New .NET Framework 3.0 training e-Clinics from Microsoft Learning

    Microsoft Learning has just released online e-clinics for .NET Framework 3.0. These 2 hours premium e-clinics cover the new capabilities in .NET Framework 3.0. There is a course on Windows Presentation Foundation, one on Windows Workflow Foundation and one on Windows Communication Foundation. Each course...
  • Blog Post: Understanding Workflow in Windows SharePoint Services and the 2007 Microsoft Office System

    I have been working with David Chappell recently and he has written a nice whitepaper that describes how workflow can be used in Windows SharePoint Services and the 2007 Microsoft Office System. It does a good job of describing the various technology components that can be used for workflow development...
  • Blog Post: Windows Workflow Foundation Technology Feedback Center

    The Windows Workflow Foundation Technology Feedback Center is now open. Part of Microsoft Connect, this site allows customers to directly report bugs in and request new features for Windows Workflow Foundation (WF). So come and tell us what you want in the next version of WF. Do you want a Windows...
  • Blog Post: Scientific use of Windows Workflow Foundation

    I can't read the paper but the abstract looks very interesting. A method for analysing large volumes of data using Windows Workflow Foundation. http://eprints.ecs.soton.ac.uk/12372/ [Edit: Kenji Takeda has kindly published the paper so you can read it. The link is the third item in Related Publications...
  • Blog Post: User Interface Page Flow with WF

    Jon Flanders has written an article about how to imlement a Page Controller, otherwise known as UI Page Flow. This allows you to configure the flow of web pages viewed by a user using Windows Workflow Foundation. Previously the transitions between web pages would be done in code with logic on each web...
  • Blog Post: Presenting Windows Workflow Foundation - C# Samples for WF Beta 2

    If you are reading the book Presenting Windows Workflow Foundation here are the code samples in C# for Windows Workflow Foundation Beta 2. There are no samples for chapter 5 because the data activities described in this chapter are no longer part of Windows Workflow Foundation. [Update: we added...
  • Blog Post: Feb CTP of WinFX has the same Worklfow bits

    The February CTP for WinFX came out just the other day. And the news for worflow afficionados is that the Windows Workflow Foundation build is the same as in the January CTP for WinFX. The Windows Workflow Foundation build is known as Beta 2 and is number 3.0.3603.4. You can check this build number by...
  • Blog Post: Long Running Activity example

    In the Windows Workflow Foundation hands on labs there is an example of an activity which takes a lot of processing power. It's in Lab 5 Exercise 4 in the WF Beta 2 HOLs. The mechanism used is to have a CallExternalMethod activity followed by a HandleExternalEvent activity. The action requiring processor...
  • Blog Post: My VS Live Presentation Today

    A couple of people asked me where they could download the VS Live San Francisco presentation that I gave today so here it is. It was titled Introduction to Windows Workflow Foundation and the powerpoint is here . The demo code is also available. The first demo was just building a simple workflow....
  • Blog Post: Windows Workflow Foundation at two European Conferences in Feb 2006

    You can catch sessions on Windows Workflow Foundation at these conferences coming up in Europe. DevWeek 2006 - February in London, England BASTA! - February in Frankfurt, Germany DevConnections - April in Nice, France TechEd 2006 - November in Barcelona, Spain
  • Blog Post: Workflow to Host Data Transfer

    Today I was asked about transferring data between the workflow and the host application. Because workflow instances run in a different CPU thread to the host application data transfer is an important consideration. In WF Beta 1 you added parameters to the workflow in the workflow designer. In WF Beta...
  • Blog Post: Windows Workflow Foundation Beta1 to Beta2 changes

    Many early adopters have been working with Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) in Beta 1 and will now be looking at upgrading to Beta 2. Although you can't get Microsoft support on this, we have prepared an upgrade document for existing users of WF Beta 1 who are upgrading code to WF Beta 2. The steps...
  • Blog Post: Workflow in the Holiday MSDN TV Show

    Don Box and Chris Anderson show Avalon, Indigo, Workflow, an Xbox 360 controller and a nice baby grand piano in this MSDN Holidays Show. They show the workflow about half way through just before the, ahem, singing. Lotsa fun. Some other workflow articles just published: Don Box and Dharma Shukla...
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