Chapter 15

Workflow Development in SharePoint 2013


  • Learning about the core workflow concepts
  • Understanding the workflow platform architecture
  • Reviewing the key workflow development tools
  • Modeling workflows using Visio 2013
  • Developing workflows using SharePoint Designer 2013
  • Developing custom declarative activity and actions using Visual Studio 2012
  • Developing custom code activity using Visual Studio 2012
  • Developing workflows using Visual Studio 2012
  • Considering key development issues

Workflow systems are extremely valuable to organizations as they provide improved measurability of human performance, increased productivity, and ensure consistent execution by the individuals and groups employed and participating in the business process.

SharePoint 2013 provides in-depth support to directly host or incorporate external hosted workflows in your SharePoint environment in both cloud and on-premise scenarios. As in SharePoint 2010, SharePoint 2013 continues to provide the ability to host workflows, based on the .NET 3.5 Windows workflow run time within SharePoint 2013. In SharePoint 2013, this workflow is commonly referred to as a SharePoint 2010 workflow. SharePoint 2013 provides a new capability to host workflow outside of your SharePoint farm, either on-premise or using a cloud-hosted service. This is based on the .NET 4.5 Windows Azure Workflow (WAW) platform. In SharePoint 2013, this workflow is commonly referred to as a SharePoint 2013 workflow.

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