Chapter 26. Introducing Windows Workflow Foundation

.NET 3.0 shipped with a particular programming framework named Windows Workflow Foundation (WF). This API allows you to model, configure, monitor, and execute the workflows (which, for the time being, can simply be regarded as a collection of related tasks) used internally by a given application. The out-of-the-box solution provided by WF is a huge benefit when building software, as we are no longer required to manually develop complex infrastructure to support workflow-enabled applications.

This chapter begins by defining the role of business processes and describes how they relate to the WF API. As well, you will be exposed to the concept of a WF "activity," the two major flavors of workflows ...

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