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WHAT ARE ACTIVITIES?
JUST OPEN STUDIO AND CRANK OUT AWORKFLOW, RIGHT?Right, for state machines. Pending Approval  Budgeting  Review  Pendin...
WHY CUSTOM ACTIVITIESUpdating the activities is done with solution updates just like VS workflowsBusiness users can be i...
THE CUSTOM ACTIVITY COMMANDMENTSThou shalt check the out of the box functionality firstThou shalt retain control of thin...
COMMON HEADACHESThe action is not showing up in designer  Ensure you have created your ACTIONS file and deployed it to t...
COMMON HEADACHESThe action is available, but selecting it does nothing  Ensure you have added your actions library DLL t...
RESOURCES Well written custom       Itemized steps to  activities library for     create custom  reference              ...
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Custom SharePoint Designer Activities

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A presentation on the best practices for developing custom activities for use in SharePoint Designer.

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  1. 1. WHAT ARE ACTIVITIES?
  2. 2. JUST OPEN STUDIO AND CRANK OUT AWORKFLOW, RIGHT?Right, for state machines. Pending Approval  Budgeting  Review  Pending ApprovalBut not always for specific needs not given out of the box Custom integrations Specific approval chains Intranet/Extranet Communication
  3. 3. WHY CUSTOM ACTIVITIESUpdating the activities is done with solution updates just like VS workflowsBusiness users can be in charge of the process and how it evolves, not the developerDeveloping processes at the activity level, forces you to think of the process in components which leads to adaptability
  4. 4. THE CUSTOM ACTIVITY COMMANDMENTSThou shalt check the out of the box functionality firstThou shalt retain control of things better left to developers, i.e. No delete WebApplication actions
  5. 5. COMMON HEADACHESThe action is not showing up in designer  Ensure you have created your ACTIONS file and deployed it to the proper location, likely: %14%TEMPLATE1033Workflow  Did you forget to sign the activities library DLL?  Did you ensure the assembly was added to your SharePoint package?
  6. 6. COMMON HEADACHESThe action is available, but selecting it does nothing  Ensure you have added your actions library DLL to the AuthorizedTypes node in the web.config of the we application under test  Ensure there are no errors in your AuthorizedTypes entry, i.e. a missing space or an additional line
  7. 7. RESOURCES Well written custom  Itemized steps to activities library for create custom reference actions spdactivities Sundar on custom activities
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