Is WF right for me? DMS RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    I have to develop a mixed application: a blend of ERP with a DMS (Document management system). The files from the DMS will travel between users using workflows.. My question is.. can i use MS WF foundation? Is this the right "tool" for my application?

    I know i can rezolve my problem using WF but i am afraid not to bring too much artilery for a simple job. I am new to WF i would not want to learn it if (at this time) it's not entirly necessary.. (maybe some other time)

    Tuesday, June 9, 2009 9:31 PM

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  • Hi,

    Counterquestion: What would be an alternative to WF in your eyes? - Your own developments are limited to the essentials, but are only conditionally ready for maintenance and reuse

    Combine the WF with Microsoft SharePoint, and you have a platform for all your requirements (Web, Mobile and Desktop - via SharePoint WebServices)


    Wednesday, June 10, 2009 12:21 PM
  • Given the high level requirements in your question (document management and WF) I would say that WF would be a good solution.  Even if your solution requires the simplest workflow that you could implement yourself, you will undoubtadly regret it when your requirements change in the future (and they always do).

    I too would consider Sharepoint. However, Sharepoint isn't free so your organisation would need to invest in that as well.  Probably not worth investing in that for one project so unless you already have that in your organisation, or your organisation is buying it for other projects, I would suggest WF will meet your needs best.

    Hope this helps.

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    Thursday, June 11, 2009 11:52 AM
  • Thanks for the answears.

    I must admit my company changes needs very often. In your opinion how much will i bend the learning curve if i start using the WF. For now i just have simple workflows like passing documents to some users accept / deny.

    Maybe point to simple sample demonstration. I have some books about wpf but they start with all the theory and even some business term i am not very familiar with..
    Thursday, June 11, 2009 6:38 PM
  • I'd say WF is the best way to go for you.

    I've only needed to use WF in one commercial project.  It was pretty simple and all developers got to grips with WF very quickly - under a day mostly.

    Here's a link to samples and tutorials;

    Hope this helps.

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    Friday, June 12, 2009 2:19 PM
  • WF seems the best way to accomplish this. Learning shouldn't take much time if you are already familiar with .net.
    Friday, June 12, 2009 4:31 PM