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Microsoft providers two Workflow development tool for Windows SharePoint Services.
  • First one is Visual Studio 2005 Extension
  • Second one is Office SharePoint Designer 2007 

Visual Studio 2005

Office SharePoint Designer 2007

Visual Studio 2005 Designer for Windows Workflow Foundation

Office SharePoint Designer 2007

Can write workflows for Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

Can write workflows for Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

Code-behind file enables developer to write custom Microsoft Visual C# or Microsoft Visual Basic code to express business logic

No code behind; workflow rules file declaratively encapsulates business logic instead

Generates workflow markup file

Generates workflow markup file

Workflow is authored as a template, which can be associated with multiple sites and lists

Workflow is authored against and data-bound to specific list at design time

Workflow markup file, or markup and code-behind files, compiled into workflow assembly

Workflow markup, workflow rules, and supporting file are stored, uncompiled, in a specific document library on the site

Workflow template must be associated with each list on which it is to be available.

Association happens when the workflow is authored against the specific list; no later association is necessary or possible

Workflow template can be associated with a site content type.

Cannot author workflows against content types.

Can use any forms technology. For example, Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0 forms for Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 workflows.

Automatically generates Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0 forms, which you can then customize.

Can include workflow modifications

Workflow modifications are not available

Can author custom activities for inclusion in workflows

Must use activities provided

Package workflow assembly and workflow definition as a SharePoint Feature, and deploy to the site

Automatically handles deployment to specific list

Can use Initiation form to gather information from the user when they start the workflow

Can use Initiation form to gather information from the user when they start the workflow

Can use custom forms for users to interact with tasks in Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

Can use custom forms for users to interact with SharePoint tasks

Visual Studio debugging available

No step-by-step debugging available

Can author both sequential and state workflows

Can author only sequential workflows

Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2007 10:24 PM .Net , SharePoint Service | Back to top


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good post.
Left by murtaza on Jun 30, 2007 5:13 AM

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Agreed! Good listing about devs possibilities working with WSS.

Thx! :)
Left by Jonathan on Dec 06, 2007 10:54 PM

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Please give a working sharepoint workflow code which is developed using Microsoft Visual Studio 2005
Left by Ajith on Aug 11, 2009 6:44 AM

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Custom actions can be included in SharePoint designer with minimal code..
Left by Ravi on Oct 19, 2009 5:25 AM

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