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Microsoft® Windows® Workflow Foundation Step by Step by Kenn Scribner

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The State Activity

A type of workflow we’ve not seen so far in this book is one based on the model of a deterministic state machine. Crusty old digital microelectronics engineers (and I sadly admit I am one) well understand the design and implementation of state machines. However, if you’re not a crusty old digital microelectronics engineer, the concept might be new to you. Chapter 14 is entirely dedicated to working with state-based workflows, but I’ll introduce the concept here. We’ll build a quick little state-based workflow as well.

People have dedicated their entire lives to the study of finite state machines. There is a language specific to finite state machines, custom mathematical notation, and a specific way they’re diagrammed. I can’t ...

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