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Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Web Applications The Complete Reference by Charlie Holland

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CHAPTER 11 Workflow

Although Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) is one of the most important technologies included in the .NET Framework, it hasn’t quite hit the prime time in terms of developer adoption, because it requires a whole load of plumbing before it can be used effectively. It’s possible to use the default runtime WF implementation out of the box, but a fair bit of work is required to incorporate that into a real-world application.

This is where SharePoint comes into its own as an application development platform. It provides a runtime engine for WF as well as seamless communication between the SharePoint Object Model and the actual workflow itself. One of MOSS 2007’s biggest drawbacks was its inability to communicate with external processes ...

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