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  1. 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…

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      7 comments  ·  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.

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        9 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Port WF to .NET Core

        Port Windows Workflow Foundation to .NET Core.

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          3 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Make workflow XAML files open source as part of reference source

          Currently, the source code for the workflow assemblies has been open sourced under the MIT license at https://github.com/microsoft/referencesource, but the XAML files and resource files are not included in that distribution. It would be great if you could release the entire package as part of the referencesource repository so that others can fork and improve the workflow framework.

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            2 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Provide Unit Testing for WF

            Update the old CodePlex Microsoft.Activities.UnitTesting and build it into the framework with associated VS tooling.

            Sadly it looks like WF is now abandoned.

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              under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Dynamic Update

              Why is it so difficult to update the definition of a Workflow? It's a very basic functionality of having to add, remove or modify an activity in design mode, but it has become impossible for me to upgrade because after generated map, running the "Load" always gives an error whose supporting documentation it is not help to solve the problem.

              I feel that the developers are very abandoned this issue. The technology works well, but the issue of dynamic update is very poor.

              For example, I get errors style:

              "State machine does not support Dynamic Update, if the trigger of…

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                1 comment  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Combine all workflow activities into a universal workflow library without the need for Workflow Manager

                Add the Workflow activities that are under Microsoft.Activities and its child namespaces (Microsoft.Activities.Expressions, Microsoft.Activities.Hosting, Microsoft.Activities.Messaging, Microsoft.Activities.Client, Microsoft.Activities.Client.Security) into the collection of activities that are available under the WF designer toolbox in VS2015 and allow them to work without the need to use Workflow Manager

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                  0 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Providing an online installation and repair service that can detect problems with the target installation

                  An online diagnostic and repair tool able to fix problems with an installation when a local component becomes corrupted or deleted.

                  This isn't a detailed idea with any kind of architecture, it's just an idea that could prove useful given how complex the system has grown [and the fact that I've spent all day dealing with this exact issue].

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                    0 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Bridges on paths crossing

                    Flow chart diagram with a lot of paths becomes unreadable when crossing paths are not disatinguished from merging paths. Usualy, in other diagram editors, when one path is crossing the other path, it runs over like a little bridge. And then, If there are no bridge, you are sure that the paths are merged.

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                      0 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                        0 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Flowchart diagram ending point

                        Why not to allows inserting ending point of flowchart diagram (or subdiagram). Without public (not supposed) end point, where every paths converging to, the diagram is not properly readable - some of paths are virtual - you don't see them at the diagram, so can miss them. It is bug friendly, am i right?

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                          0 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Change the tooltip to something useful when Debugging a Workflow

                          When I am debugging a workflow, it'd be handy to see what the properties are. Instead of the useless tooltip that reads "Editing is disabled when designer is in read only mode" (duh, as if that needs to be said), it'd be much more useful to have the tooltip show what the value under the mouse is. So if I had an Assign activity (x = SomeExpression) the "SomeExpression" should display instead of the useless message.

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                            0 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Manual moving path's label

                            Why not to allow manual moving path's labels. Automated positioning on the middle of the path is one of the most important issue, that often makes the diagram hard to read or sometimes completely unreadable (mainly at decision or switch components).

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                              0 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Customize side of true/false paths of decision component

                              Why not customize side of true/false paths of decision component? It is one of base requirements that allows creating readable diagrams.

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                                0 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Resizing diagram items

                                Why not to allow resizing of diagram items? It is one of the base requirements that allow to create readable, usable diagrams. The main problem is, when the entered name does not fit in, and you could not read it without opening properties window. It realy makes reading of diagram dificult.

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