Posted by: techsavygal | June 12, 2007

BizTalk Adapter for Windows Workflow Foundation Sample (June 2007 CTP)

Microsoft has just announced at TechEd 2007 in Orlando Florida, that they are developing a new SDK Sample that lets software developers build workflows in Windows Workflow Foundation and then host them in BizTalk Server 2006.

The BizTalk Adapter for Windows Workflow Foundation SDK Sample (June 2007 CTP) is a preview of some new technology for business logic and process developers. It provides for workflow models developed using Windows Workflow Foundation from the .NET Framework 3.0 to be hosted in BizTalk Server 2006. By doing this the workflow gains access to services from BizTalk Server 2006 including scalability, reliability, manageability, and access to messaging with BizTalk Server ports. The next major version of BizTalk Server is planned to be built on Windows Workflow Foundation and this CTP provides an option for customers to do this with current technologies. A release date has not yet been planned and will depend on customer feedback and the sample is currently not planned to be Microsoft supported. The CTP is suitable for software developers familiar with Windows Workflow Foundation and is provided as an SDK sample with source code.

The sample provides a tool that evaluates an existing WF workflow model and creates a BizTalk orchestration project as a proxy for that WF workflow model. The orchestration can then be deployed to BizTalk Server and the WF model is used.

Demo Video

Jon Flanders has recorded a 45 minute video demo of using the CTP to host a WF workflow model in BizTalk Server 2006 and he shows it running. Watch here.

It is expected to ship this CTP sometime this month. Keep watching this space for more news on this.

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