learnWorkflow: reviews


What follows are some of the reviews and comments for all editions of my Windows Workflow book.

Great book on workflow By William Sullivan (SC USA)

You need to learn workflow? Get this book. Its the CLR via C# of workflow books.

Better than attending a hands on training course By Manoj Srivastava (MD USA)

This is by far the best book in the market on WF for a programmer. If you do its programming exercises it easily replaces a 5-day hands on training course. Now that is a great ROI. The book is very easy to read and understand.

Fantastic By Adam J. Rackis (Melbourne, FL USA)

I just wanted to heap on the praise for this book. It is complete, well organized, well-written etc etc. If you're new to WF, I highly recommend it.

Another satisfied customer! By Steven (Colorado, USA)

This is THE nuts and bolts book for Windows WF. The author is very good at communicating his point succinctly making all 684 pages a joy to read for those interested in WF.

All areas of WF are covered in good detail. You learn everything from developing a no-code workflow to developing dynamic workflow and also workflow that communicates with web services and much more. The author starts small, in the first 13 pages you develop a "Hello Workflow" app and he goes over all of the auto-generated code. From there the book takes off.

One thing I really like about this book is that it really does assume you are at least an intermediate developer. You don't have to read 1/2 a page on how to create a new project, he just assumes you know how. I don't know how many times i've read an "intermediate" book that introduces collections by chapter 7 and shows you an animal hierarchy by chapter 12. For once it's nice to read a book cover to cover and just learn the whole time. The pacing in this book is perfect. It's not too hard to grasp any of the concepts as they are being presented yet it's not the type of book where you have to thumb through 1/2 the book because you already know how to declare variables and apply conditional logic.

At the time of this review all reviews have been 5 stars - and for good reason. If you're a developer comfortable with C# but have no knowledge of WF then this is the book for you.

Thanks Bruce! By Richard Schulthess "Rich Schulthess"

I purchased and enjoyed the earlier 3.0 version of this book. The past couple of years have been a real struggle for me in trying to keep abreast of the volume of new frameworks, developer products, and operating systems streaming out of Microsoft. One of my biggest complaints has been the small number of authors who have recognized the importance of keeping up with changes. Bruce really made my day with this book because it explains .NET 3.5 workflow and how to use it with VS 2008. That has tremendous value!

You will find his writing style and methods of concept introduction to be far superior to most writers. If you want to understand workflow in the context of the latest available tools, then this is the book you need!

Excellent Book!!!!!! By T. Anderson (PA, USA)

This is the first book out that shows you how to use the WF tools that are provided by Microsoft in Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) 2005.

The thing I like most about this book is that it is not just a tutorial book, it covers real world scenarios.

Every chapter is very thorough and each chapter builds on the previous chapter.

Covers Material Pretty Well By J.Marken (Atlanta, GA USA)

Very good book - covered the material well. It uses detailed examples and steps all along the way, even showing VS.NET dialogs and what to do in each. I ran into a few issues to figure out on my own when actually implementing real workflows in professional code, but WF just carries a pretty steep learning curve and you have to pay your dues somewhat. No book could ever cover every possible scenario. The workflow manager class sets a good example, but you'll want to build one that's more robust and tailored to you own coding and design styles.

Best Workflow book available by Colin D. Blair

I read through all of the available books on WF and this was definitely the best. Pro WF has a lot of practical information missing in a lot of other books. In particular, the sections on rules, exception handling, and web service hosting are worth the price of the book all by themselves. If you want to know how, and why, to use WF in your real every-day programming then this is the book for you.

Clear and Thorough by Lawrence Parker (Atlanta, GA USA)

I am a colleague of the author's and recently got the opportunity to investigate using Workflow Foundation for a business application. Not knowing much about this component of .NET 3.0 and having only read some introductory material about it on MSDN, I found this book to be an excellent place to start learning it for real.

This book is very clear and thorough and works through the subject in an organized and methodical way. The fact that it's written by a single author is a benefit, since it gives a more coherent treatment of the subject than some technical books written by several (or even many) people.

The text includes solid examples that don't go overboard with irrelevant tangents. I was also impressed that the author tackled some of the more difficult aspects of this technology, like hosting the workflow designer in your own applications.

I would recommend this to anybody who wants to get a deeper understanding of Workflow Foundation.

A great book by A. Louis "Aby" (Fishers, IN USA)

This is a well written book that I have read in recent times. If you are .net developer and looking for the nuts of bolts of WF, you need this book. I have read only 3 chapters and already very impressed with the author. The author explains in DETAIL everything about workflow. In fact the author also explains about unit testing a workflow. Great Book!

Very Thorough By M

I've read a few books so far on WF and I find the MSDN documentation to lack details, and most other books to also not go into enough details. Pro WF answered all my questions where the other books did not and now that I have a good foundation in WF, I still go back to it to look up details of various topics.

Pro WF: Windows Workflow In .Net By Bayer White

I want to share some insight about to a new book that I have been reading for the past month now that has helped me tremendously with WF topics that I felt I needed some clarification on. Bruce Bukovics’, Pro WF: Windows Workflow In .Net 3.0 book has everything you need to get up to speed on WF. This book has 684 pages of interesting knowledge on WF. It also has complete code included so there are no misunderstandings as to the direction of the topic! You might even get out of your recliner after reading a couple of pages and feel like Neo, wanting to use Kung fu!

Clear and Comprehensive By NewWorldMan (Milton Keynes, UK)

I bought this book a couple of months ago and was pleasantly surprised by how well-written and accessible it is. It manages to be both comprehensive and clearly explained, which is not always an easy thing to do. Also the fact that it's packed with runnable examples helps. Often when one finds tech samples online they don't run or else require some trial and error to get them to run! Highly recommended.

Comprehensive and Concise By Abid Quereshi "Abid" (London UK)

After going through four other books on Windows Workflow Foundation I came upon this. The book is current and quite substantial. Unlike some of the other books that provide an introduction to selected topics, this covers most or all of the topics you would ever be interested in, in considerable depth, and with useful and comprehensive examples. It's the only WF book you will need.

Nicely written book that covers the subject well By M. Randall (Wakefield, UK)

This book covers the subject area quite well and is up to date with the release version (unlike previous books that tended to suffer from the fact that they are based on the Beta versions of WF).

Bruce has a conversation writing style that I found to be quite easy to read. He ensures that all code is listed in the books and is available for free download. The examples are easy to follow, comprehensive and useful.

This book is a good entry point into the subject - although you should be aware that you are required to have a good understanding of C# and the .Net framework in general.

One minor gripe is that Apress charge an extra $ in order to download the electronic copy of the book. This seems a little steep as you've already paid for the paper version (and they quiz you with page/word questions to ensure you have it). Other Apress books have been free to download the electronic version in the past, so I don't know why they've changed their policy now - other than to earn extra revenue, of course!