Workflow Foundation Beta 1.2
This could not have arrived at a better time! I just heard from Marc van de Wert that Windows Workflow Foundation Beta 1.2 was just released. The good news is, that it can run on the RTM version of Visual Studio 2005, where the previous version ran (or actually still runs) only on VS2005 Beta 2.
At my current project, where Marc is also on my team, we just decided to use Windows Workflow Foundation (WF). Anko, who dove deep into WF since it went public on the PDC, convinced me to use it, after a short introduction at the office. But because of the VS2005 Beta 2 restriction, we couldn’t actually connect to WF yet. Now we can! While a lot of people are talking about it, we’re probably one of the first to actually implement it in a real life project! From the technology part, this is going to be one of my most exciting projects ever, because we’re using a lot of other great (new) technologies.
Oh, be sure to install the december Pre-release WinFX runtime components first.
update : Go figure, I just wanted to download this version, it was already on my laptop. While downloading it a few days ago, I had no idea this version was the latest and compatible with my VS2005 RTM release… 🙂
Typical by the way, that I cannot find info on this release on any weblog. Aren’t people excited about WF?
I certainly am. We are looking at a workflow solution and I have put this on the agenda (we are eventually going to invest in VS.NET 2005 in due course anyway, lets buy into this and spend nothing extra and see what we get before committing thousands of pounds on the software we have seen so far)
Our concerns centre around it hinging around two unproven platforms. .NET 2.0 is still too new for our liking and WWF is absolutely unproven. Also, there is the old MS experience that v1 is crap, v2 is marginal and v3 follows a purchase and is awesome. We don’t want to be on that painful journey.
But, I personally prefer this option, so I would be very interested in your experiences.
I was under the impression that Windows Workflow Foundation didn’t have a go-live license yet… is that true?
Since this beta 1.2 (or beta 2 as some other Microsoft sources call it) there’s also a go live license for both WF and WCF.
You can find it here : http://msdn.microsoft.com/winfx/getthebeta/golive/downloads/default.aspx