Jul 08 2008

VS2008 SharePoint Workflow Projects

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I’ve only recently been working SharePoint and I’m still trying to get my head around the line that separates Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) from Microsoft Office SharePoint Services (MOSS).  Yesterday I was able to clarify a bit more of my uncertainty. 

I have been trying to create a Workflow solution for a client but I just couldn’t get it to work on my machine – Windows 2008 Server, WSS 3, VS2008 with extensions for SharePoint v1.2 and WPSBuilder addin.  The problem was being caused by the SharePoint Sequential Workflow having a reference to Microsoft.Office.Workflow.Tasks.  Removing the reference fixed the compilation errors, however the workflow still didn’t want to play ball with WSS.  The workflow would install and I could associate it with a document library however, whenever I started the workflow I would get a failed on startup message.

The only thing I have been able to do to get the VS2008 SharePoint extensions workflow project to compile and run on my machine – given my time constraints – is to install MOSS on my development machine – which is what the client is running anyway.

Workflow is built into WSS, however, it doesn’t seem to be readily supported with a project type in VS2008.  My advice for those that don’t have the resources to upgrade to MOSS is to not bother with the SharePoint extensions for VS but to take a look at Andrew Connell’s SharePoint Project Utility Tool.

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