Visual Studio: When SharePoint Designer Is Not Enough


  • How you should be planning for taking advantage of new capabilities for building workflow in SharePoint 2010 with Visual Studio 2010
  • How to import existing SharePoint Designer workflow into Visual Studio
  • Creation of custom event receivers
  • Creation of custom actions for SharePoint designer
  • Creation of a custom SharePoint workflow in Visual Studio

The goal of this chapter is not necessarily to give you many step-by-step instructions on how to develop SharePoint workflow in Visual Studio. Rather, the goal is to dig into your options and give you some guidance as to how you should be thinking and planning for taking that next step of functionality after you have exhausted all your other options with out-of-the-box workflows as well as SharePoint Designer. With that in mind, this chapter tells you what’s available in Visual Studio 2010 for SharePoint workflow. A big thank you to Ruben D’arco and Steve Thomas for helping out with the code samples provided in this chapter.


Once you start investigating the abilities Visual Studio gives you to create workflow even outside SharePoint, you’ll find that the sky is truly the limit. You can literally do anything with enough time and resources. Even after reading this book you will need to take time to understand all the different parts of workflow and leveraging the parts, all in such a way that they work well together. ...

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