Visual Studio® 2008: Windows® Workflow Foundation Training Course


Microsoft Official Curriculum Course Number: 6462
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Course Description

This two-day instructor-led course provides students with the knowledge and skills to build and configure a Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) solution.



Audience

This course is intended for application developers who know how to create applications in Visual Studio 2005 or 2008. The course does not require previous experience creating workflow-based solutions.


Prerequisites

Before attending this course, students should have intermediate experience developing applications by using previous versions of Microsoft Visual Studio at level 200.


Course Completion Skills:
  • Explain Windows Workflow Foundation concepts and features
  • Create sequential workflows
  • Create state machine workflows
  • Modify workflows at run time
  • Implement conditional branching in a workflow
  • Define and execute rule sets
  • Forward chain rules
  • Change rules at run time
  • Call methods on the host process
  • Handle events from the host process
  • Consume services from a workflow
  • Publish a workflow as a service
  • Create a custom activity
  • Create a custom composite activity
  • Define custom activity layout
  • Customize activity serialization
  • Create a custom runtime service
  • Hydrate and dehydrate workflows
  • Monitor workflows
  • Track workflows
  • Handle faults in a workflow
  • Handle cancellations in a workflow
  • Create and manage transactions in a workflow
  • Create and handle compensations
Module 1 Creating and Hosting Workflows
This module explains how to create and host Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) workflows.
Lessons
Overview of Windows Workflow Foundation
Creating Sequential Workflows
Creating State Machine Workflows
Modifying Workflows at Runtime

Labs

  • Lab: Creating and Hosting Workflows
  • Creating and hosting a simple sequential workflow
  • Passing parameters into a workflow
  • Creating a state machine workflow
  • Hosting the state machine workflow

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To

  • Explain Windows Workflow Foundation concepts and features.
  • Create sequential workflows.
  • Create state machine workflows.
  • Modify workflows at run time.
Module 2 Applying Conditions and Rules
This module explains how to apply conditions and rules in a workflow.
Lessons
Implementing Flow Control
Defining and Executing Rule Sets
Forward Chaining of Rules
Changing Rules at Run Time

Labs

  • Lab: Applying Conditions and Rules
  • Making Decisions
  • Performing Iteration
  • Defining Policies

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To

  • Implement conditional branching in a workflow.
  • Define and execute rule sets.
  • Forward chain rules.
  • Change rules at run time.
Module 3 Communicating with Workflows
This module explains how to communicate between workflows, host processes, and services.
Lessons
Calling Methods on the Host Process
Handling Events from the Host Process
Consuming Services from a Workflow
Publishing a Workflow as a Service

Labs

  • Lab: Communicating with Workflows
  • Invoking a Method on the Host Process
  • Handling Events from the Host Process
  • Consuming Services from a Workflow
  • Publishing a Workflow as a Service

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To

  • Call methods on the host process.
  • Handle events from the host process.
  • Consume services from a workflow.
  • Publish a workflow as a service.
Module 4 Creating and Configuring Custom Activities
This module explains how to create and configure custom activities.
Lessons
Creating Custom Activities
Creating Custom Composite Activities
Customizing Activity Serialization
Defining Custom Activity Layout

Labs

  • Lab: Creating and Configuring Custom Activities
  • Creating a Custom Activity
  • Validating a Custom Activity
  • Developing a Custom Activity Designer
  • Creating a Custom Composite Activity

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To

  • Create a custom activity.
  • Create a custom composite activity.
  • Define custom activity layout.
  • Customize activity serialization.
Module 5 Creating and Managing Runtime Services
This module explains how to create and manage runtime services.
Lessons
Creating a Custom Runtime Service
Hydrating and Dehydrating Workflows
Monitoring Workflows
Tracking Workflows

Labs

  • Lab: Creating and Managing Runtime Services
  • Creating a Custom Runtime Service
  • Hydrating and Dehydrating Workflows
  • Monitoring Workflows
  • Tracking Workflows

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To

  • Create a custom runtime service.
  • Hydrate and dehydrate workflows.
  • Monitor workflows.
  • Track workflows.
Module 6 Managing Faults, Cancellations, Transactions, and Compensations
This module explains how to manage faults, cancellations, transactions, and compensations in a workflow.
Lessons
Handling Faults
Handling Cancellations
Creating and Managing Transactions
Creating and Handling Compensations

Labs

  • Lab: Managing Faults, Transactions, and Compensations
  • Handling Faults
  • Implementing Transactional Behavior
  • Implementing Compensation Behavior

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To

  • Handle faults in a workflow.
  • Handle cancellations in a workflow.
  • Create and manage transactions in a workflow.
  • Create and handle compensations.

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