The two types of workflows which exist out of the box in Visual Studio are:
* Sequential Workflow
* State Machine Workflow
Below, find the differences between them, so that when you are thinking of implementing a workflow, you would use the one that fits the most:
1. State-machine workflows are workflows which are driven by particular events. Example:
- OnWorkflowActivated etc
2. In order to move to another event, the workflow needs to meet another state.
- * If a task is created, the workflow stays on that event until another even is called, for example the user decides to edit the task (on task changed)
3. The control of the workflow is decided by the user, according to what events he calls, the workflow will execute.
4. The workflow doesn’t really have to end. It can stay in the same state for weeks for example.
5.You could use state machine workflow when for example a document requires multiple reviewers (legal, marketing, etc.) that may sign off on the document in any order
1. Sequential workflow is known to be very predictable. It works like a flowchart – Example:
- The workflow works until the user approves or denies the file in order to continue. When ALL users approve/deny it will go to the next time
2. This kind of workflow is used when there is only one way to complete the task.
3. The workflow controls the processes of what happens throughout the workflow.
4.Sequential workflows are definitely much easier to design and maintain than state machine workflows. The only difference between a state machine workflow and sequential workflow is that in sequential workflow the flow goes from first activity to the next until end of the workflow is reached
Windows SharePoint Services (3.0) are free available with Windows Server. Microsoft Office sharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 is licensed version. WSS 3.0 can be freely downloaded from Microsoft site.
MOSS 2007 is based on WSS3.0 with some additional features like Enterprise Search, Business Data Catalog(BDC), User Profile, Excel Services, Single-Sign on, additional Workflows, My site feature etc.
Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) is the full version of a portal-based platform for collaboratively creating, managing and sharing documents and Web services.
In MOSS additional feature add that can not in WSS 3.0.
.NET Framework 4.5 Features:
Windows Workflow Foundation(WF)
- State machine workflows Enhancements
- Enhanced Workflow Designer features
- Storage of the view state information for a workflow in a single element in the XAML file
- Versioning enhancements
Windows Communication Foundation(WCF)
- Support for a UDP transport that enables developers to write services that use “fire and forget” messaging. A client sends a message to a service and expects no response from the service
- Support for WCF services that use internationalized domain names (IDNs).
- Ability to support multiple authentication modes on a single WCF endpoint when using the HTTP transport and transport security
- New HTTPS protocol mapping to make it easier to expose an endpoint over HTTPS with Internet Information Services (IIS).
Windows Presentation Foundation(WPF)
- New features for the VirtualizingPanel and Dispatcher classes.
- Improved performance when displaying large sets of grouped data, and by accessing collections on non-UI threads.
- Ability to set the amount of time that should elapse between property changes and data source updates
- The new Ribbon control, which enables you to implement a ribbon user interface that hosts a Quick Access Toolbar, Application Menu, and tabs
- Support for Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) parsing
- Support for Email Address Internationalization (EAI)
- Improved IPv6 support.
- Dual-mode socket support.
- Support for content distribution network (CDN) fallback in the ScriptManager control.
- Support for asynchronous modules and handlers
- Support for new HTML5 form types
- Integrated encoding routines from the AntiXSS library (previously an external library) to protect from cross-site scripting attacks
- Enhancements in Parallel Computing
- Resource file Generator(Resgen.exe) – Used to creat a .resources file to .resw file for use in Windows Store apps
- Managed Profile Guided Optimization (Mpgo.exe) – Enables you to improve application startup time, memory utilization (working set size), and throughput by optimizing native image assemblies
.NET for Windows Store apps
- Windows Store apps are designed for specific form factors and leverage the power of the Windows operating system. A subset of the .NET Framework 4.5 is available for building Windows Store apps for Windows by using C# or Visual Basic. This subset is called .NET for Windows Store apps.
.NET Framework 4.0 Features:
- Common Language Runtime (CLR) – The following sections describe new features in security, parallel computing, performance and diagnostics, dynamic language runtime, and other CLR-related technologies
- Base Class Libraries
- Networking – Enhancements have been made that affect how integrated Windows authentication is handled by the HttpWebRequest, HttpListener, SmtpClient, SslStream, NegotiateStream, and related classes in the System.Net and related namespaces
- Web – The following sections describe new features in ASP.NET core services, Web Forms, Dynamic Data, and Visual Web Developer.
- Client – The following sections describe new features in Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF).
- Communications – Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) provides the new features and enhancements described in the following sections.
- Workflow – Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) in .NET Framework 4.0 changes several development paradigms from earlier versions. Workflows are now easier to create, execute, and maintain.
.NET Framework 3.5 Features:
- Language Integrated Query (LINQ) for SQL, XML, Dataset, Object
- Addin system
- p2p base class
- Active directory
- ASP.NET Ajax
- Anonymous types with static type inference
- Paging support for ADO.NET
- ADO.NET synchronization API to synchronize local caches and server side data stores
- Asynchronous network I/O API
- Support for HTTP pipelining and syndication feeds.
- New System.CodeDom namespace
.NET Framework 3.0 Features:
Also called WinFX,includes a new set of managed code APIs that are an integral part of Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 operating systems and provides
- Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) – formerly called Indigo; a service-oriented messaging system which allows programs to interoperate locally or remotely similar to web services
- Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) – formerly called Avalon; a new user interface subsystem and API based on XML and vector graphics, which uses 3D computer graphics hardware and Direct3D technologies.
- Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) allows for building of task automation and integrated transactions using workflows.
- Windows CardSpace, formerly called InfoCard; a software component which securely stores a person’s digital identities and provides a unified interface for choosing the identity for a particular transaction, such as logging in to a website
.NET FrameWork 2. 0 Features:
- Anonymous methods
- Partial class
- Nullable type
- The new API gives a fine grain control on the behavior of the runtime with regards to multithreading, memory allocation, assembly loading and more
- Full 64-bit support for both the x64 and the IA64 hardware platforms
- New personalization features for ASP.NET, such as support for themes, skins and webparts.
- .NET Micro Framework
- Data Tables