The Activity Designer

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  • Blog Post: (WF4) ModelItem, ModelItemImpl and ICustomTypeDescriptor

    [Update 08/03/11: fixed a few horrible proofreading issues which slipped past my nonexistant editor] Today we’re going to explore some internal workings of ModelItem - or really its concrete subclass ModelItemImpl. ModelItemImpl is an internal class, making all of what we talk about below ‘undocumented...
  • Blog Post: (WF4) Showing an InArgument<bool> as a CheckBox in the Workflow Designer Property Grid

    Here’s a workflow designer FAQ finally getting the attention it deserves, and helping show off how to do custom property editing in designer. “How do I show an InArgument<bool>/<enum> in the property grid as a checkbox/combobox?”   [Aside: Before we start the guide, note that actually...
  • Blog Post: Fixing: An Activity Designer for InvokeAction<T>

    Something that I had as a blog post was almost useful to someone. Almost, except for all the rough edges. So here is a second release of the post/code ‘An Activity Designer for InvokeAction<T>’. If you haven’t read it yet, this post will make more sense after having gone through the first one....
  • Blog Post: The Workflow 4.0 Custom Activity Icon (and Toolbox Icon) FAQ

    [Update: This FAQ is outdated and has be rewritten and reposted here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/tilovell/archive/2011/08/12/wf4-toolbox-updating-the-wf4-toolbox-icon-faq-for-rehosting-and-custom-activities.aspx I'm leaving the original comments here.]
  • Blog Post: An Activity Designer for InvokeAction<T>

    [Update! There are some bugs with the attached code, see the sequel post for discussion of bug fixes.] My workmate Ramraj mentioned that a long way back (during earlier milestones of WF 4.0) something was invented for XAML called a property reference , which was a feature that in the workflow designer...
  • Blog Post: Argument, Variables, Assign and Let Activity

    Forum posts give me a lot of crazy ideas. This one might be a throwaway, but it’s the process of trying things out and exploring that triggers off yet more ideas. :-) Occasionally Workflow Foundation 4 developers feel bugged by the need for Variables. Or actually the ‘ceremony’ of using Variables...
  • Blog Post: Reacting to ViewState Changes … and finally using AttachedPropertiesService

    (The series: This makes Part 7 of a series of posts on flowchart-like freeform layout activity designers, [ Part 1 – Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 – Part 5 – Part 6 - Part 7 ]) Continuing the series about CanvasActivityDesigner and ICompositeView, I'll focus on an important idea – writing designers which...
  • Blog Post: Undoable Layout for the Freeform Canvas Activity Designer (Part 6)

    This is Part 6 of a series of posts on flowchart-like freeform layout activity designers, [ Part 1 – Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 – Part 5 – Part 6 - Part 7 ] I’ve started varying the titles. In Parts 1-4 we began developing a freeform layout designer called CanvasDesigner . In Part 5, we found that it...
  • Blog Post: Freeform Custom Activity Designers using ICompositeView (Part 2)

    This post is Part 2 of a series on writing custom activity designers. [ Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 - Part 5 ] Last time we found out that ICompositeView .OnItemsDelete() will never get called - unless we tell our contained activities exactly which composite view they belong to. But we didn...
  • Blog Post: Freeform Custom Activity Designers using ICompositeView

    [This post is Part 1 of a series on writing custom activity designers. Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 – Part 5 – Part 6 – Part 7 ] Motivation: Building an activity like Flowchart Creating composite activities and designers in Workflow Foundation 4.0 is really easy when you use WorkflowItemPresenter and WorkflowItemsPresenter...
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