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  1. Support Adding Workflow Activities to Toolbox Using Toolbox Controls Installer

    Third-party builders of workflow activities (like for TFS Build) would like to be able to add their workflow activities to the Workflow Designer Toolbox by either having end users install our activity package using a VSIX deployment (using the Visual Studio Gallery) or by an MSI Installer.

    This process would be similar to the way other third-party component vendors are able to add to the toolbox for WinForms, ASP.NET, Silverilght, WPF, etc. controls. We would like the same functionality for Workflow Activities.

    Original Forum Post with more details: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/vsx/thread/410242a8-42ac-42b6-8fcf-08088bd5b31a

    202 votes
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      1 comment  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Workflow Status Designer/Visualizer on the Web

      The idea is to show the status of workflow graphically. Typically we can do it by re-hosting the designer in a Rich Client, but the web equivalent is rather painful. Need a new HTML5 implementation. I have been planning on starting an open source version for a LONG time now, need the right kick in the pants to get down in. In my lob app I am using a highly customized version that spits out ImageMaps (sooooo web 1.0)...

      Once the visualizer is up, extend it to do small designer functionalities. Something akin to Nintex's workflow designer for Sharepoint. Something…

      198 votes
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        4 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Support C# expressions in Rehosted Designer

        as it works with Visual Studio already

        144 votes
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          2 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Provide intellisense in rehosted designer scenario

          Intellisense should work automatically against C# and VB expressions but also allow hooks for other expression languages.

          128 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Expose a Workflow Service through REST/JSON endpoints

            It'd be great if we could call Workflow Services directly from an AJAX application through REST/JSON endpoints. The current inability to define a contract first when defining a Workflow Services prevents us annotating the contract with the [WebGet] attribute which would be the obvious way to enable both a SOAP and REST endpoint on the same service.

            74 votes
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              3 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Import BPMN and convert to Workflow

              Take a BPMN diagram and provide a one-way conversion to Workflow

              71 votes
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                1 comment  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Business Rules Support

                Provide an updated Business Rules Engine for .NET

                60 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Support Workflow Designer styling

                  Add the ability to write styles for the Rehosted Workflow Designer (e. g. change background to black or change the yellow parts of the designer to blue, like in VS 2012)

                  48 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • support c# expressions in the rehosted WF designer

                    Support c# expressions in the re-hosted WF designer (.Net 4.5).

                    VS2012 supports C# expressions with .Net 4.5. But they can't be edited in a re-hosted WF designer. See also http://msdn.microsoft.com/de-de/library/jj205428(v=vs.110).aspx.

                    46 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Use BPMN Core activities to UI Acitivity Design

                      UI Workflow Foundation it´s not natural for Business Man.
                      We host workflow designer in our software and our power users and business man can make workflows, but everyone doesn´t like the UI because they already know BPMN.

                      35 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Make the WF Expression Editor remember size and position

                        Make the Expression Editor remember size and position so I don't have to resize the window every time again when I enter a large expression. Or make at least default size bigger.

                        34 votes
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                          2 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Support Refactoring for Arguments and Variables

                          Refactoring support should work in both Visual Studio and Re-hosted designer scenarios.

                          32 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Simpler access to view and modify the persisted workflow instance data

                            Despite our best efforts and preventative measures, sometimes the only thing to be done is get in and fiddle the data. If we change a complex type that happens to have been used in a workflow in such a way that breaks deserialization, a workflow might not find out until some time after deployment. At this point it is too late to back out as other workflows etc have been created on the new type structure.

                            I have only managed to figure out a way to view the data in the persistence store (SQL provider), I would like to be…

                            25 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 19 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Add support for comment and TODO metadata for the xaml

                                Obviously comments have their place and should not be over-used. XAML activities unfortunately have no support for them however. Trying to comment reasoning for a workflow implementation is not possible without using an activity to express it.

                                Having support for annotations against activities/artifacts in a workflow would prevent executable activities being used for this purpose.

                                18 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Provide a way to get the current state from a State Machine (persisted or in memory)

                                  An API should be provided which allows code to query the current state of the state machine from an instance store or from an in-memory instance. (from CodePlex Discussion)

                                  17 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Allow the FlowDecision designer outputs to be customized.

                                    My question is about the Flow Decision designer object. Can I change the sides that the "True", "False", and Inputs come from? Currently, True is always to the left, False on the Right, and input is at the top or the bottom. Naturally some flows become very "Messy" because of this. I know that I can always 'Not' the condition to switch the true and false, but that is sloppy. Thanks!

                                    17 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • WF designer rehost on Silverlight

                                      The ability to rehost de designer on Silverlight. (Its time to make WF components as XAML...) This would be a major feature.

                                      13 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Allow changing the TrackingProfile of a TrackingParticipant during workflow execution

                                        Today it seems a TrackingParticipant can only be added to a WorkflowServiceHost before starting a workflow instance. Furthermore, the TrackingProfile of that TrackingParticipant cannot be change once a workflow has been started. We need a way to change the TrackingProfile of a TrackingParticipant even after a workflow has been started. To allow turning on traing to find out what is happening in a busy workflow host at the moment, but allow turning it off again to regain the normal performance when tracing is no longer wanted, without having to shut down and restart the host.

                                        Having a TrackingParticipant that subscribes…

                                        13 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Display a workflow as pseudocode instead of the visual designer.

                                          Add the ability to work with a workflow as code in the VS IDE...

                                          Or - have the ability to write code in C# / VB and have it compile into a workflow which can be run in workflow foundation.

                                          Many people write programs in c# and VB, doesn't it make sense that an entire workflow should be able to be written in one of those languages? XAML is a hard language to write a workflow in as it is very verbose when coding, and the visual designer can be much more difficult to work with than a textual language.

                                          11 votes
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