The Activity Designer

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  • Blog Post: (WF4, Toolbox) Updating the WF4 Toolbox Icon FAQ (for Rehosting and Custom Activities)

    Introit - call it whatever, but today I’m recycling an old post. And I have one more little confession. When I started writing a new rehosted app today, I found out my old toolbox FAQ was fairly useless. It was even getting to the point where someone had to post this in the forum : “I...
  • 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: Basic Activity Scheduling in Workflow 4.0

    …NativeActivity . Provides all of the features of CodeActivity, plus aborting activity execution, canceling child activity execution, using bookmarks , and scheduling activities… As of .Net Fx 4.0 Beta 2, the Activity class hierarchy looks a bit like this: Actually this is only a tiny chunk of...
  • 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: Some Gory Details of WorkflowDesigner Undo Redo

    (I've pulled this out from where it was embedded in one of my posts about implementing ICompositeView because it didn't really fit there and modified it but it’s still pretty badly researched.) A few gory implementation details for the Workflow Designer’s Undo/Redo features. There are a few classes in...
  • Blog Post: Fun with Bookmarks: Implementing Continue and Break

    A few people have noticed in the Workflow Foundation Beta 2 forums that the looping constructs provided in System.Activities.Statements such as While activity, ForEach activity, and ParallelForEach lack certain features found in their C# counterparts - there is no break or continue statement. This seemed...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: The Trouble with System.Activities.ForEach (and ParallelForEach)

    (Subtitle: Why you need IActivityTemplateFactory) Another forum post reminded me of one thing about ActivityAction that throws me for a loop every time. Every time, that is, that I'm rehosting workflow designer or creating new custom activities, so maybe not that often but it's kind of annoying. ...
  • Blog Post: Workflow Scopes and Execution Properties

    or, Workflow Execution Properties for custom data passing. I wrote this after seeing a few forum posts from the Workflow Foundation Beta Forum on the same basic theme. Workflow 4.0 Arguments and Variables certainly do work for passing data to and from Activities in your workflow - but sometimes they...
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