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  • Blog Post: Windows Workflow 4.0 – Workflow Instance Extensions

    Update 01/20/2009: Since I failed to mention this before I wanted to make something clear about these workflow posts. All information in these posts is based on the knowledge I gained through developing a framework based on Windows Workflow 4.0. I am not a member of the team nor is this information in...
  • Blog Post: Windows Workflow 4.0 – CopyDirectory (Part 3 of 3)

    So far we have written ParallelItemScheduler<T> , which is a generic activity that goes dormant and schedules actions based on input via bookmark resumption. We then used this activity to design ProducerConsumer<T> , which takes this idea a little further and provides a generic mechanism...
  • Blog Post: Windows Workflow 4.0 – CopyDirectory (Part 2 of 3)

    In my previous post I introduced you to NativeActivity and walked through the design and implementation of a class named ParallelItemScheduler<T> . In part 2 of this series we will be utilizing the aforementioned activity to build a new composed activity named ProducerConsumer<T> . Once we...
  • Blog Post: Windows Workflow 4.0 – CopyDirectory (Part 1 of 3)

    In my last couple of posts I have lead you through some basic introduction to workflow as well as a real world example of how to implement a cancelable CopyFile activity. The next thing I would like to do is dive into a much more involved example utilizing the previous activity. The purpose of this post...
  • Blog Post: Windows Workflow 4.0 - CopyFile

    It has recently come to my attention that there is unrest regarding our inclusion of a CopyDirectory activity without a CopyFile activity. Therefore, I decided to take this opportunity to introduce everyone to the sub-class AsyncCodeActivity and how you can utilize it with a real world example – a cancelable...
  • Blog Post: Introduction to Windows Workflow 4.0

    Note: I apologize in advance if this first post seems unorganized. There is a lot of material to cover and I couldn’t find a really good way to order the topics. Hang in there and hopefully it will start making sense. In order to help everyone get up to speed with build customization, I wanted to...
  • Blog Post: TFS 2010 – Customizing Build Information (Part 2)

    My previous post introduced the basics of how the tracking participant may be used to create custom build information through the activity context. However, as pointed out at the end of the article, the best practice for creating custom activities in Workflow 4.0 is to do so through composition, meaning...
  • Blog Post: TFS 2010 – Customizing Build Information (Part 1)

    Before reading this post, you should take a moment to read Aaron Hallberg’s post on build process customization in TFS 2010 Beta 1. Now that you fully understand custom activities in Windows Workflow 4.0 (just kidding), I would like to focus on how we have made it much easier to customize the information...
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