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Workflow manager without SharePoint? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi 

    Like to use workflow manager as stand alone tool to host workflows that are implemented programatically.

    Please inform whether it is feasible?

    From Pluralsight WF course it is evident that Workflow manager requires User Profile application with SharePoint to send email alerts etc.

    Objective is 'Implement workflows and host using Workflow manager and consume in .Net client applications.

    Your help and invaluable info with resources is greatly appreciated.


    Apriori algorithm [association rule]

    Wednesday, June 26, 2013 5:52 PM

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  • Yes, it is feasible.

    We have been using Workflow Manager 1.0 (with cumulative updates) for several months in development, without SharePoint.

    We have developed a library of custom code activities which handle interaction with our data APIs and email services, as well as a human workflow-oriented task system.

    Darian

    • Proposed as answer by darianf Friday, June 28, 2013 5:41 AM
    Friday, June 28, 2013 5:41 AM
  • Thanks very much Darian.

    We have been using ASP.NET Web API to implement Web Services that are consumed in client (MVC) applications. Now Workflow enabled applications (Not just a single application) should be implemented.

    Can Workflow Manager be used to host just the Workflows where it interacts with our Web API Service to interact with data, client (MVC) applications consume Workflow Manager service?

    Your help is  greatly appreciated.

    Best regards,


    Apriori algorithm [association rule]

    Friday, June 28, 2013 10:09 AM
  • Workflow Manager 1.0 has a REST API, which you can consume directly from your client (MVC) applications if you choose. We also use the ASP.NET Web API, from which we consume the Workflow Manager REST API.

    Workflow Manager can be used just to host the workflows and within each workflow you can communicate with your Web API(s).

    Darian

    Monday, July 1, 2013 3:42 AM
  • Where can I find workflow manager REST API documentation?
    Monday, July 1, 2013 9:13 AM
  • Workflow Manager 1.0 has a REST API, which you can consume directly from your client (MVC) applications if you choose. We also use the ASP.NET Web API, from which we consume the Workflow Manager REST API.

    Workflow Manager can be used just to host the workflows and within each workflow you can communicate with your Web API(s).

    Darian

    Thanks very much Darian. Thank you for sharing your expertise and knowledge.

    I have been through the MSDN articles and understood the basics, installed and configured the WF Manager 1.0 and working on 'Getting started example' that is provided on MSDN.

    Architecture decison


    MSDN provided 'Getting started' example shows 'calling external Web service (OData Northwind service) from Workflow application that is hosted on WF Manager 1.0'.

    I would like to request the best architecture design.

    You mentioned that your client interacts with WF Manager 1.0 to access workflow applications AND ASP.NET Web API to interfact with database. 
    I was thinking that Client application calls Workflow application, based on the out come of the workflow data web service(Web API) is called to interact with database.

    BUT your response has corrected inital thoughts(above). 

    Now, client calls Workflow application(REST api) that is hosted on WF manager, based on the response another web service (Web API) is invoked from the client.
    This is separation of concern and appealing. Is this you already have and working in enterprise? 


    Your help and insight greatly appreciated.


    Apriori algorithm [association rule]

    Wednesday, July 3, 2013 12:54 PM
  • Hello Darian,

    would you please explain how you use it out of SharePoint?

    we want to build services on workflow manager without SharePoint , how did u build custom databases ? how to invoke the instances externally ? plz provide us if there are any tutorials?

    your quick response will be highly appreciated.

    Thanks


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