Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Microsoft Announces Windows Workflow Foundation (WWF)

MS just announced Windows Workflow Foundation at the Professional Developers Conference today. Windows Workflow Foundation is the programming model, engine and tools for quickly building workflow enabled applications on Windows. It consists of a WinFX namespace, an in-process workflow engine, and designers for Visual Studio 2005. Windows Workflow Foundation beta 1 is available to download publicly for both client and server versions of Windows. Windows Workflow Foundation includes support for both system workflow and human workflow across a wide range of scenarios including: workflow within line of business applications, user interface page-flow, document-centric workflow, human workflow, composite workflow for service oriented applications, business rule driven workflow and workflow for systems management.

Hands on Labs
There are 12 Hands-on Labs to aid learning Windows Workflow Foundation.
Lab 1 is at MSDN Virtual Lab
hosted online.
Labs 1 12 are
downloadable complete from MSDN

Key URLs
MSDN: http://msdn.microsoft.com/workflow
Community: http://www.WindowsWorkflow.net
Forums: http://www.windowsworkflow.net/forums
Windows Workflow Foundation Announcement Press Release: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/events/pdc/default.mspx

Community Site

WindowsWorkflow.net is a community-focused web site that aggregates information about Windows Workflow Foundation. From this site users can:

  • Subscribe to RSS feeds and receive the latest news and updates

  • Find and download Activity components designed for Windows Workflow Foundation

  • Register your own Activities in the Activity Gallery

  • Find blogs, videos, screencasts, whitepapers, and other resources

  • Download samples, tools, and runtime service components

  • http://www.WindowsWorkflow.net



    Blogs
    Following blogs have pointers to what you are looking for:
  • http://blogs.msdn.com/scottwoo

  • http://blogs.msdn.com/pandrew

  • http://blogs.msdn.com/jamescon

  • A list of WWF bloggers which you can join is available on the Community Site.

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