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SharePoint® 2010 Six-in-One by Andrew Clark, Kenneth Schaefer, Wes Preston, Raymond Mitchell, Becky Bertram, Cathy Dew, Chris Geier

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Building and Using Workflow in SharePoint 2010

WHAT’S IN THIS CHAPTER?

  • What you get with out-of-the-box workflows
  • How to associate workflows with a list or library
  • Taking out-of-the-box workflows and modifying them with SharePoint Designer
  • How you can build SharePoint Designer workflows from scratch
  • Making Microsoft Visio a part of your workflow process and strategy

At this point in your workflow adventure you understand the underlying basics of what makes SharePoint workflow tick. You also have an understanding of what to expect from a planning perspective. In this chapter you are ready to take the next step and start digging in and using workflows.

LEVERAGING OUT-OF-THE-BOX WORKFLOWS IN SHAREPOINT

As you begin your journey into SharePoint workflow, the logical step is to start with those workflows you get right out of the box — those that can be used simply by enabling them and running through an association process that ties them to a list or library for use. The different types or methodologies of SharePoint workflow are a ladder of functionality and support for complexity. At the lowest levels of functionality and support for complex workflows are out-of-the-box workflows. At the other end of the spectrum lie those workflows that can be created in Visual Studio. Depending on your workflow needs, you may need to start with the basics and grow into the more complex, or you may need to bypass lower levels and jump right into creating workflows in Visual Studio. For now ...

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