Windows Workflow Foundation (WF): What, Why, and How?

by Stuart Celarier on May 11, 2010

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Let’s examine the essential nature of Windows Workflow Foundation (WF): What is it? Why would I want it? And how does it work? WF was introduced as part of .NET 3.0 in 2006, and yet it remains underutilized even in circumstances where it is ideally suited to the task at hand. WF has received a major upgrade in the recently released .NET 4, and, additionally, AppFabric provides first-class capabilities for hosting WF. So this is an ideal time to gain a deep, solid understanding the core issues for WF. Why does it exist: what is the fundamental problem that it solves? What does it do: what does the solved problem look like? And how does it work: what is going on underneath the hood to make it happen? I’ll explore the mechanics of WF in a series of focused demos, and take stock of what’s new for WF in .NET 4.

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