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.NET 4 Framework Platform and WF4 State Machine Updates Coming on April 25th

On April 25, Microsoft will release a number of updates to the .NET Framework 4, which was first announced in Jason Zander’s keynote at 2011 TechEd MEA. These updates include the release of the Multi-Targeting Pack for Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Platform Update 1 (KB2495638) for developers.

In addition, Microsoft is also announcing the Windows Workflow Foundation State Machine, which’s supported on .NET Framework 4 and builds upon Windows Foundation runtime and adds in new workflow style for event-drive processes.

Windows Workflow Foundation – State Machine (.NET Framework Platform Update 1)

  • New State Machine workflow model – builds upon WF runtime and add in new workflow style for event-driven processes – Events (or “Triggers”) cause “Transitions” between known “States”
  • New API and Visual Studio-based designer – enables simplified authoring of State Machine styled flow control
  • Fully supported on .NET Framework 4 (replaces CodePlex based solution available today)
  • New enhancements over existing CodePlex solution
    • Entry/Exit actions on State, Conditional and default Transitions with Transition action, scoped variables in StateMachine, and improved Tracking support
    • Designer enhancements ease the authoring experience with Auto Connect , Auto Insert and aggregated State and Transition views that aid configuration and navigation

[Source: The .NET Endpoint]

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