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This group is for blogs related to BizTalk Server. This includes Community Syndicated blogs and Stephen W. Thomas’s blog.
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  • Blog Post: Using a State Machine in Workflow manager to instrument a Twilio call

    In this blog post, it is described how Workflow Manager State machines are used to instrument a phone call that is hosted through Twilio, an online service platform for phone and text communication.
  • Blog Post: Workflow Manager Installation Error: Adding host to Service Bus Farm

    I was trying to get the new workflow engine installed and configured with SharePoint 2013 but was encountering an error in the Service Bus configuration step. Installation Instruction for Workflow Manager and SharePoint 2013 Workflow Configuration: The full installation steps are provided here (in a...
  • Blog Post: Demos from the How to do integration with Office365 and On-Premise Applications at TechEd (MID372-INT)

    Thanks to everyone attending my session on integration with Office365 and on-prem applications. All demos can be downloaded from here: http://blogical.se/files/folders/downloads/entry25152.aspx I recommended you to start downloading the AppFabric SDK CTP, in which you’ll find the ClientAccessPolicyPublisher...
  • Blog Post: Handling of authentication for LOB Activities - Part III

    In the blog posts 1 & 2 , we went over how a Workflow application can pass credentials to the LOB activities. While the mechanisms suggested work when the credentials originate from the application in question, a different approach is required when the credentials originate somewhere else. Consider...
  • Blog Post: Using the WCF OperationContext from a Receive activity

    The WF4 Receive activity shields you from a lot of the WCF pipeline. Normally that is a good thing but there are occasions where you want to know more about the incoming WCF request. Normally you can use the WCF OperationContext.Current to get at this information but with a workflow service this doesn...
  • Blog Post: Implementing convoy patterns in Workflow 4.0

    Since I am coming from the BizTalk world, I feel very comfortable in implementing Workflows, using the Microsoft Workflow 4.0 runtime.  The engine comes with a lot of similar activities and capabilities as the XLANG engine provides us for more than 6 years already.  One of the typical patterns...
  • Blog Post: Workflow 4.0 designer issue, when project path contains ‘&’ token.

    I was building a test solution for my next blog post and I started to create a new workflow service in Visual Studio. But apparently the designer came up with an exception for me: Workflow Designer encountered problems with your document Please check the document for invalid content, namespaces, references...
  • Blog Post: Converting a C# workflow into XAML

    A interesting question that came up last week was how to convert workflows defined in C# to XAML. A co worker of one of the attendees of the Essential Windows Workflow Foundation 4 course had been experiencing a lot of problems with the workflow designer and decided to create their workflows in C# instead...
  • Blog Post: Workflows and no persist zones

    There are times when a workflow can’t be persisted safely using a SqlWorkflowInstanceStore. The reason isn’t so much saving the state of  a workflow to disk, that could be done at any time, but the result when a workflow would be reloaded from disk in that state. An easy example is a workflow handling...
  • Blog Post: Breakpoints not being hit in Windows Workflow 4?

    Just a quick one. If you set breakpoints in a windows workflow but during debug it skips right past them it might mean things have not have been reflected on the underlying XAML file. So make a small change to the workflow surface, save it, build the project and try again. I found the answer [...]
  • Blog Post: Hosting workflow services in Windows Azure

    Since the latest release of the Windows Azure Development Kit (June), Azure provides support for .NET 4 applications, which is a real important step from the point of adoption, I believe. The first thing we wanted to try was to host a XAMLX Workflow Service in a web role on Azure. Example workflow service...
  • Blog Post: Using the LOB Activity in AppFabric workflows

    1. Right-clicking the workflow project, will show the Add Adapter Service Reference… menu item. 2. This shows the familiar Add Adapter Service Reference dialog box. (Don’t you all agree this tool still looks too much of ‘Form1/Button1’ app? J ). After selecting the sqlBinding...
  • Blog Post: Quickly determine the windows identity of an ASP.NET site

      Great tip from Dominick to quickly determine the use an ASP.NET, WCF or WF4 service is running under. Add the following ASPX file and hit it with the browser. <%@ Page %>   <%= System.Security.Principal.WindowsIdentity.GetCurrent().Name %>   Thanks to Dominick www.TheProblemSolver...
  • Blog Post: Hiding the XAMLX from a workflow service

    In Windows Workflow Foundation 4 it’s easy to create a workflow and expose it as a WCF service. But one thing is that it exposes a XAMLX endpoint to each client can see the service actually implemented as a workflow service instead of a regular service. One way to hide that is to use a regular SVC file...
  • Blog Post: More Workflow 4 Services and duplex communications

    Yesterday I posted a long blog post explaining how to do duplex communications in a Workflow service. Its a long story but the most important points where that workflow services don’t support the same style duplex communication as WCF with the callback channel defined in the ServiceContract but...
  • Blog Post: Workflow 4 Services and duplex communications

    There are quite a a few cases where it is useful to have a duplex communications. An obvious candidate is allowing a service to notify the user interface application of the progress so the user knows what is happening. Normally, when using plain WCF , you would use a ServiceContract attribute with a...
  • Blog Post: endpoint.tv - Ten Tips for Troubleshooting with the Windows Server AppFabric Dashboard

    When you write the product documentation you learn all kinds of cool inside tips about how to use it. In this episode, Michael McKeown shares 10 tips for troubleshooting using the dashboard. Be sure to check out the AppFabric Wiki for more great tips, and to share yours as well.
  • Blog Post: Workflow Receive activity and message correlation

    With WF4 it is quite easy to use data that is part of the request message, for example an order identifier, to route multiple WCF messages to the same workflow. It is also possible to have multiple messages that can start a new workflow. In this blog post I am going to show both these concepts in a single...
  • Blog Post: Trying the WF ADO.NET Activity Pack CTP 1

    Recently the workflow team at Microsoft released a first CTP to the ADO.NET Activity Pack. In this blog post I am going to take a quick look at how to get started with these activities.   First step is installing the activity pack. Download the setup MSI from http://wf.codeplex.com/releases/view...
  • Blog Post: WF4 Activity Pack CTP1 Available (State Machine, Database)

    I’m happy to announce that the WF4 Activity Pack CTP1 is now available for download.  This release consists of two different activities, database activities for interacting with a database and the much anticipated State Machine for authoring event driven workflows.  Here are a few key links...
  • Blog Post: How to Create a Workflow Service using a Flowchart

    If you love Flowcharts as I do you might have wondered if it is possible to create a Workflow Service as a Flowchart.  The short answer is… yes but we didn’t have a template for creating one until now.  Today on my blog , I’ve posted detailed instructions for how you can create a Workflow Service...
  • Blog Post: Workflow 4 and soap faults

    Image by ponChiang via Flickr Note: This blog post is written using the .NET framework 4.0 RC 1   Using the ReceiveAndSendReply activity template and the WorkflowServiceHost it is easy to create a workflow service. Other applications can communicate with the workflow just as if it is a regular WCF...
  • Blog Post: New CTP Available for Download: WF Migration Kit

    Happy Monday! It’s an exciting time here as we start ramping up for launch next month. Within the product group, there has been a flurry of activity as they squash their bugs, and the final polish is being placed on the Visual Studio release. In the business group, we’re busy finalizing web content and...
  • Blog Post: Loading XAML Workflows in WF4

    Note: This blog post is written using the .NET framework 4.0 RC 1   Most of the time I used compiled workflows in Windows Workflow Foundation 4. Its nice and easy, you design the workflow, compile it and at runtime there is a .NET type you use to create and run workflows. The main drawback is that...
  • Blog Post: Providing WCF and WF Feedback to Microsoft

    Perhaps known to a smaller portion of general community of WCF developers and WF developers, there is a Connection for WCF and Connection for WF that enable you, our customers, to submit bugs and feature suggestions. As the focusing for Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 turns to polish and final...
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