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    Blog: JaxSPUG January Meeting: SharePoint 2013 & Office 365 Workflow – Automate Your Business Processes

    Later this week I’ll be at the local JaxSPUG user group meeting in Jacksonville, FL to talk about workflow. This isn’t a developer session like I would normally do… this presentation is going to be for everyone. I’ll have a dab of SharePoint Designer in there, a dab of Visual Studio and we’ll see how what Microsoft has done in SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 is a huge step forward.
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    Blog: Using Workflows or Long-Running Business Logic in SharePoint Client-Side Solutions

    I’m a big fan of applying the single page application (SPA) to SharePoint applications as well as using just plan old client-side solutions. These solutions are written entirely in JavaScript and run within the context of your browser. While there are plenty of advantages to this approach, there are clearly a few things that you could consider negatives. One aspect of client-side solutions is the fact that all your business logic is technically unsecure and open to anyone to look at.
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    Blog: I'm Presenting at the SPTechCon Austin, TX Conference in February 2015

    The next SharePoint Conference is SPTechCon, Austin, Texas, Feb. 8-11, 2015. Register early for the lowest price: just $1,145 for 4 days of SharePoint training if you sign up by December 5. Microsoft is rolling many of their conferences into one large event planned for May. That means the next conference dedicated to SharePoint—to helping you migrate to 2013, to helping you sort out the options with Office 365—is SPTechCon.
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    Blog: Join me in January 2015 for a SharePoint / Office 365 Workflow Infusion!

    Are you looking for some training on SharePoint 2013 & Office 365 workflows? Well look no further! I’m teaming up with Critical Path Training to deliver a two-day seminar on workflow. This is for people with even no experience with SharePoint workflows. Office 365 & SharePoint Deep Dive into Developing Custom Workflows Workflow changed quite a bit in the SharePoint 2013 release from previous versions of SharePoint. The new workflow platform is implemented with a new product called Workflow Manager 1.
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    Blog: SharePoint Online Integrated Workflow Apps - Workflows as Apps in the HostWeb!

    Since the release of SharePoint 2013 & once Office 365 was refreshed, we’ve been able to create workflows in SharePoint Apps. However this has been limited to the workflows living exclusively within the AppWeb where the app was installed. If you wanted to have the workflow run in a regular SharePoint site, such as a Team Site, or a non-AppWeb site, you had to deploy your workflows using a sandboxed solution… and that just left you feeling all dirty.
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    Blog: Check out my Interview on the Office 365 Developer Podcast

    Last week I had the opportunity to sit down with Jeremy Thake, the host of the Office 365 Developer Podcast, and chat about SharePoint workflow in on-premises & Office 365 solutions. Specifically, we talked about the different ways to create custom web services that are locked down and only respond to secured requests by SharePoint sites running either on-premises or in Office 365. OK… we actually talked about a bunch of stuff… but workflow was the real topic.
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    Blog: A Packed Schedule at SPTechCon this Week in Boston!

    This week I’ve involved in quite a few sessions, workshops and panels at SPTechCon in Boston, MA. I hope to see you at some of these events! Workshop Modern Office 365, SharePoint & Cloud Development Ramp-Up Tuesday, September 16 (9:00a - 5:00p) So you’re interested in becoming a SharePoint developer but you don’t know where to start? In this workshop I’ll get you up to speed. You might have heard the terms full-trust solutions, sandbox solutions, SharePoint apps, server-side code, client side object model (CSOM), cloud app model (CAM), REST API… what does it all mean?
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    Blog: Publishing Custom Events to SharePoint 2013 Workflows

    One of the capabilities Microsoft introduced for SharePoint 2013 workflows is the ability to publish a custom event into a running workflow instances.
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    Blog: Fixing SharePoint 2013 Workflow Project Errors after Upgrading to the VS2013 Office Tools March 2014 Update

    I’ve seen an issue pop up a few times over the last few months related to workflow development in SharePoint 2013 that has been quite annoying. After deciding enough is enough, I’m going to figure this out once and for all. TL;DR You create a workflow for SharePoint 2013, either for either on-premises or Office 365, prior to SharePoint 2013 Service Pack 1. You then update your developer environment to the latest tools - at the time of this post, that’s the March 2014 update for the office Developer Tools.
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    Blog: SharePoint Evolutions Roadshow 2014 - Here I Come!

    This week I’m heading to the UK to join the SharePoint Evolutions Roadshow Conference. This conference has been going on for about a week makingi t’s way up through the southern part of England. I pickup the conference in Newcastle on Wednesday, June 18 and continue on until the end of the show into Scotland at Edinburgh, Aberdeen and then over to Ireland to Belfast and Dublin. This should be a fun conference meeting a big cross section of people interested in SharePoint & Office 365!
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    Blog: I'm Presenting at the SharePoint Evolutions Roadshow this June: England, Scotland and Ireland

    I’m very excited to say that I’m joining the traveling SharePoint / Office 365 roadshow through the United Kingdom this June! As you may know, usually every April there’s a conference in London called the SharePoint Evolutions Conference. It’s one of my favorite shows as it has some of the best speakers, attendees, content and activities. This year they elected to not schedule a show so close to the SharePoint Conference and instead created a new type of event.
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    Blog: Pluralsight's SharePoint 2013 Workflow - Web Services

    Today Pluralsight published a course dedicated on creating workflows that talk to various types of web services: SharePoint 2013 Workflow - Web Services.
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    Blog: Check out my post on the Pluralsight blog - Workflow in SharePoint 2013: More options, easier solutions

    Yesterday Pluralsight published a guest entry I wrote for their blog on SharePoint 2013 workflow. It talks about a lot of stuff that you see my two workflow courses I’ve already published in their catalog: SharePoint 2013 Workflow - Fundamentals SharePoint 2013 Workflow - Advanced Topics Oh, and I’ll have a bit more SharePoint 2013 workflow lovin to share with you later today, via Pluralsight… stay tuned!
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    Blog: ***NOW AVAILABLE*** Pluralsight's SharePoint 2013 Workflow - Advanced Topics

    Following up on a Pluralsight course I published in June 2013, SharePoint 2013 Workflow - Fundamentals, I’ve published a sequel called SharePoint 2013 - Workflow Advanced Topics. This course is available to all Pluralsight subscribers. Course Description Workflow changed quite a bit in the SharePoint 2013 release from previous versions of SharePoint. The new workflow platform is implemented with a new product called Workflow Manager 1.0. This course builds off what you learned in the SharePoint 2013 Workflow - Fundamentals course.
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    Publication: Pluralsight: SharePoint 2013 Workflow - Web Services

    Building off the SharePoint 2013 Workflow - Fundamentals and SharePoint 2013 Workflow - Advanced Topics courses, this course will demonstrate how you can use web services within your SharePoint 2013 workflows.
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    Blog: I'm Presenting and a Keynote Speaker for SPTechCon in San Francisco, April 2014

    One of my favorite SharePoint related conferences of the year is easily the SPTechCon show that’s held twice a year. They have a show in San Francisco, CA in the first part of the year and another in Boston in the latter part of the year. This year’s San Francisco, CA show is held April 22-25, 2014 and I’ve been honored to ask to present as well as be one of the two keynote speakers at the show!
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    Blog: Status Update for my SharePoint 2013 Advanced Workflow Pluralsight Course

    Earlier this year I released a course on Pluralsight on SharePoint 2013 Workflow - Fundamentals for developers. In my blog post announcing the course, I told people I was working on a sequel to this course, an advanced version, that would go into a lot more depth on workflow in SharePoint 2013… I also pointed to a specific page on my site, Pluralsight’s SharePoint 2013 - Workflow Advanced Topics, that I would keep updated.
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    Blog: SPLive 360 Conference - Session Wrap Up

    Last week I participated in the SP Live 360 conference in Orlando, FL. To everyone who attended, thanks for coming to a fantastic show! You know very well how great the show was and how interactive the attendees and speakers were! You can see some of the photos from the show in this album on Picasa. I had quite a few responsibilities at this show… more than any other conference I’ve participated in!
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    Blog: Two new SharePoint 2013 Workflow Articles on MSDN - Debugging & Workflow CSOM

    Two articles I contributed to MSDN have recently been published. They are related to SharePoint 2013 workflow: MSDN: Debugging SharePoint Server 2013 workflows Microsoft has taken a different approach to workflows in SharePoint Server 2013 than in previous versions of SharePoint. The workflow team worked with the Windows Azure team to create a new product called Workflow Manager. Workflow Manager hosts the latest version of the Windows Workflow Foundation runtime and all the necessary services in an available and scalable way.
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    Publication: Working with the SharePoint 2013 Workflow Services Client Side Object Model

    This article touches on one of the things that Microsoft added to SharePoint 2013 to support the new style of creating custom workflow forms: the improvements to the CSOM and addition of the Workflow Services CSOM API.
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    Publication: Debugging SharePoint Server 2013 Workflows

    Demonstrates how SharePoint now relies on Workflow Manager 1.0 for all workflow processing and management, and demonstrates debugging options.
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    Blog: I'm presenting at SP Live 360 Next Week - Hope to see you there!

    Next week I’ve got quite a busy schedule at the SP Live 360 conference in Orlando, FL. The conference is packed with some great speakers & sessions so you’ll be sure to see some great stuff and walk away with some great guidance! Here’s what my schedule looks like: SharePoint Live! Keynote with Dan Holme: SharePoint 2013 & Office 365 - Big Questions, Answered Tuesday, November 19, 8:00a - 9:00a Session: Building SharePoint Hosted Apps as Single Page Apps Tuesday, November 19, 2:00p - 3:15p Session: SharePoint 2013 Workflows - Creating Custom Forms, Events & CSOM Wednesday, November 20, 4:00p - 5:15p Session: Building a Content Site Using SharePoint 2013 Web Content Management Thursday, November 21, 8:00a - 9:15a Session: Automating Biz Process with Workflows using SharePoint Designer 2013 Thursday, November 21, 9:30a - 10:45a Panel: Live 360!
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    Blog: RESOLVED: SharePoint Workflow Designer Fails to Load in Visual Studio 2013

    Ran into a nasty little error this afternoon and after stumbling around finding very little in the way of answers in forums or using Bing and Google, when I stumbled across the resolution that seems to work, I thought I’d post it. My Scenario Wasn’t all that Uncommon I had been using Visual Studio 2012 with Update 3 applied and the Office Developer Tools for SharePoint 2013 until just recently.
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    Blog: Deploying Workflow Manager 1.0 for SharePoint 2013 the Right Way

    I get a handful of questions on how to correctly deploy Workflow Manager 1.0 (and Service Bus 1.0) from folks for the use with a SharePoint Server 2013 environment quite often. The common things you hear people ask about are typically related to two things: how do I deploy Workflow Manager & Service Bus in a highly available and scalable way and can I have more control over the certificates used between the these two products and SharePoint.
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    Blog: I'm Presenting at DEVIntersections in Las Vegas this October

    Have you heard about the new conference this fall? DEVIntersection 2013 will be held the week of October 27-30, 2013 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand hotel and casino. It contains a bunch of different tracks for ASP.NET, SQL Server, Windows Azure, Mobile and of course, SharePoint! I’m one of two co-conference chairmen for the conference along with Dan Holme and we’ve setup a great show of speakers and sessions.
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    Blog: ***NOW AVAILABLE*** DIWUG Article on Building Custom SharePoint 2013 Workflow Forms

    This month I had the opportunity to contribute an article for the online Dutch Information Worker Group (DIWUG) e-magazine. This is great publication and one you should have on your radar as it always has some killer content. It’s available as a PDF and a specially formatted PDF for eReaders. As you have likely noticed if you frequent this blog, my head has been in the SharePoint 2013 workflow space lately so with this article, I decided to write about something that was didn’t have a lot of guidance out there about it.
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    Blog: ***NOW AVAILABLE*** Pluralsight''s SharePoint 2013 - Workflow Fundamentals

    I’m thrilled to announce that today Pluralsight published my new course in their catalog… you can watch it right now! The course is called SharePoint 2013 Workflow - Fundamentals. This course is available to all Pluralsight subscribers. The goal of this course is to help people immediately get up to speed and productive in creating automated business processes as workflows in SharePoint 2013. The target audience for this course are developers and power users as I cover building workflows and assigning tasks using both SharePoint Designer 2013 and Visual Studio 2012.
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    Publication: Pluralsight: SharePoint 2013 - Workflow Advanced Topics

    The goal of this course is to build off my previous course and tackle some of the more complex things you’ll need to accomplish in your day-to-day SharePoint workflow development. The target audience for this course are developers as I cover building workflows using Visual Studio primarily. There is no specific customer focus… everything I show you works both in an on-premises deployment as well as a hosted environment such as Office 365.
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    Publication: Pluralsight: SharePoint 2013 - Workflow Fundamentals

    The goal of this course is to help people immediately get up to speed and productive in creating automated business processes as workflows in SharePoint 2013. The target audience for this course are developers and power users as I cover building workflows and assigning tasks using both SharePoint Designer 2013 and Visual Studio 2012. There no specific customer focus… everything I show you works both in an on-premises deployment as well as a hosted environment such as Office 365.
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    Blog: I'm Presenting at VS Live 360 for SharePoint in Redmond this August

    In just a few months from now the VS Live will be in Redmond, will be held again in at the Microsoft campus in Redmond, WA. At this show I’m going to present two sessions which are: Building SharePoint Hosted Apps as Single Page Apps Unlike cloud apps, SharePoint Hosted Apps cannot have a server footprint on the SharePoint host. Instead all custom business logic is manifested and runs within the user’s browser.
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    Blog: I'm Presenting at SPTechCon in Boston this August

    In just a few months from now the annual SharePoint Technology Conference, aka SPTechCon, will be held again in downtown Boston, one of the best cities in the world. At this show I’m going to present three sessions which are: Building SharePoint Hosted Apps as Single Page Apps Unlike cloud apps, SharePoint Hosted Apps cannot have a server footprint on the SharePoint host. Instead all custom business logic is manifested and runs within the user’s browser.
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    Blog: More of my MSDN SharePoint 2013 Workflow Samples

    A few weeks ago I blogged how two samples I provided MSDN in August 2012 were recently republished using the latest SharePoint 2013, Workflow Manager and Visual Studio 2012 developer tools. Well today I’m happy to say that it appears a few more of my samples have been refreshed and republished. The samples are updated to use the latest and greatest stuff and are based on the following: SharePoint 2013 RTM + the March 2013 Public Update applied Service Bus 1.
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    Publication: SharePoint 2013 Workflow: Route Workflows to States Depending on Actions & Events

    This sample allows a company, such as a cable company, to better manage is fleet of vehicles. A fleet manager workflow instant starts when a new vehicle is added to the fleet (as an item in a SharePoint list).
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    Publication: SharePoint 2013 Workflow: Call a workflow in an app using a remote event receiver

    This sample demonstrates how to use remote event receivers to trigger workflows & how to use the CSOM to start an instance of the workflow.
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    Publication: SharePoint 2013 Workflow: Approval workflow that Uses a Custom Initiation Form

    This basic workflow scenario supports a document review and approval/reject process. The workflow assigns a task to a reviewer, who evaluates the draft, makes comments as necessary, and then concludes the task by either routing the document back to the writer for revisions.
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    Blog: SharePoint Evolutions 2013 Conference Wrap-Up

    Last week I was in London for the annual SharePoint Evolutions conference. It’s a show that I eagerly look forward to every year. In my mind the show has the best attendees, content, venue, speakers and surrounding events (how about that party this year!). At this conference I presented two sessions, one on workflow and one on building SharePoint Hosted Apps using the single page app technique. My workflow session (DEV204: World Workflows with Visual Studio 2012, Azure Workflow and Web Services) didn’t go exactly as planned as the networking issues in the conference center actually confused my farm as Visual Studio 2012 + SharePoint + Workflow + Service Bus farms couldn’t see each other.
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    Blog: SharePoint 2013 Workflow: Custom Tasks

    In this post I want to show you how you can you can use tasks within your SharePoint 2013 workflows developed with Visual Studio 2012. Frankly that’s pretty simple, and demonstrated well in this blog post on the Office Apps Team blog, so I’m going to focus on custom tasks. In the next post I’ll show you how you can take it to the next level and add your own custom outcome fields for a more personalized experience for your users.
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    Blog: SharePoint 2013 Workflow: Custom Task Outcomes

    In the last post I showed you how to create a simple task using the out-of-the-box (OOTB) task content type that ships with SharePoint 2013: Workflow Task (SharePoint 2013). Then we build off this and creating a custom task that had a new form field. In this post I want to show you how we can use this approach to create custom outcomes buttons in our task forms. Unfortunately in this process you’ll see a bug in the SharePoint/Workflow engine for our custom outcomes… but no worries.
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    Blog: I'm Presenting at the SharePoint Evolutions Conference 2013 Next Week @spevo13

    I love this conference! Next week the SharePoint Evolutions Conference 2013 will be held in London over the course of three days. This conference always holds the best attendees, content, speakers and discussions… it raises the bar for everyone else. At this show I’m involve in three sessions, but technically I’m really only doing two sessions Session #1: SharePoint 2013 & Workflow On Monday from 2:45p - 3:45p I’m presenting DEV204 - Workflow: Real World Workflows with Visual Studio 2012, Workflow Manager and Web Services which is described as follows:
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    Blog: My MSDN SharePoint 2013 Workflow Samples Updated

    Back in August 2012 I published, via the MSDN Office Developer Documentation Team, two workflow samples that showed how to build a workflow using Visual Studio 2012 that called an external web service and updated a list item as well as how to encapsulate this within a custom activity. I recently updated these two samples and they were republished this week. Previously people had issues with the samples because they were written with pre-beta SharePoint 2013 / Workflow Manager / Visual Studio 2012 / Office & SharePoint 2013 Developer Tools.
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    Blog: Workflow Improvements and Changes in SharePoint 2013 March PU + RTM Developer Tools

    Usually when you see product go from a beta (or in the case for the workflow tooling, Preview 2) to RTM or from RTM to one of the first updates (as in the case for Workflow and SharePoint’s cumulative updates) you usually don’t see much in the way of new features or big changes. To me it usually means you get performance tweaks, bug fixes and a lot of fit & finish.
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    Blog: Updates for SharePoint 2013 Workflow

    Over the last two months we’ve seen a LOT of updates and improvements to workflow development for SharePoint 2013. Recently Grace Kochavi from the SharePoint workflow team published a post on the Apps for Office & SharePoint Blog that talks about a bunch of the updates and then walks you through creating a workflow (SharePoint Workflow Development with Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012). I don’t want to rehash what Grace said, but I do want to add a few things I ran into (including one big show stopper that isn’t in the current documentation that you MUST do in order to publish workflows within apps).
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    Blog: I'll be Presenting at the SharePoint Shindig in Redmond, WA, May 7-9, 2013 #spshindig

    In early May I’ll present a session at the SharePoint Shindig (#SPShindig) May 7-9, 2013 in Redmond, WA. The event will be held on the Microsoft campus in building 37… looks like a great speaker line up! My session specifically will be for everyone, not just developers… so don’t let the title scare you off: Real world workflows with Visual Studio 2012, Azure Workflow and Web ServicesIn this session we’ll explore what’s new with workflow in SharePoint 2013 from an architecture, capability & development perspective.
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    Blog: I'll be Presenting at SPTechCon 2013 San Francisco Next Week

    Next week I’ll be in San Francisco, CA at the SPTechCon 2013 spring conference presenting a handful of sessions. Looking forward to seeing everyone! On Sunday I’ll hold a full-day tutorial / workshop on the following topic: **Building Apps for SharePoint 2013 Inside and Outside of the Firewall **Microsoft has added a new development opportunity for customers to extend SharePoint 2013 sites: the new App Model. This new development model greatly expands the things customers could do with hosted SharePoint sites, such as those in Office365.
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    Blog: Pluralsight SharePoint 2013 Developer Ramp-Up Series by Critical Path Training (Updated for RTM)

    A few months ago I published a series of developer ramp up courses for SharePoint 2013 to Pluralsight that was based on the Beta 2 (aka: Preview) build that was released by Microsoft in July of 2012. Today I’m pleased to announce that we’ve updated the entire SharePoint 2013 developer ramp up series for the RTM release that hit general availability this month. Now you can get deep depth developer training for SharePoint 2013 RTM through Pluralsight!
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    Blog: Using JavaScript / jQuery to get the value of the PeopleEditor in SharePoint 2013

    Yesterday I posted how to add forms to your SharePoint 2013 style workflows. That post came from a project I’m doing for someone. One of the more significant changes to workflow in SharePoint 2013 is that you don’t use server side code on the SharePoint box… custom logic is implemented using expressions or by calling a remote web service. With a form, you have to use JavaScript to capture all the values and submit them to the workflow instance using the workflow API in the client side object model (CSOM).
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    Blog: Creating Custom Forms for SharePoint 2013 Workflows

    Before I dive too deep here I should provide a little background. With all previous versions of SharePoint, specifically SharePoint 2007 & 2010, I never looked forward to working with workflows. Building them in SharePoint Designer wasn’t so bad, but with Visual Studio, man that was a pain. And then when you introduced forms into them… yikes. I recall teaching SharePoint 2007 and showing how to use InfoPath forms. Whenever something didn’t go just right, you wished the Mayan’s had picked that day as the last day.
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    Blog: I'll be at the SPTechCon Conference in San Francisco, March 3-6, 2013

    Next year I’m presenting a few sessions and a workshop at the SPTechCon conference in San Francisco, CA March 3-6, 2013. I’m delivering three breakout sessions and a full day workshop as well. The breakout sessions are: What’s new with Workflow in SharePoint 2013: In this session we’ll explore what’s new with workflow in SharePoint 2013 from an architecture, capability & development perspective. You’ll learn how the SharePoint 2013 now relies on Windows Azure Workflow, both on-premises and in the cloud, top provide a much more reliable and scalable workflow platform.
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    Blog: SharePoint and Exchange Forum (SEF 2012) + SharePoint 2013 Developer Workshop + Stockholm User Group!

    I’ve got a busy week coming up in Stockholm, Sweden! Stockholm is hosting the SharePoint & Exchange Forum (SEF 2012) October 22-23, 2012 and I’m presenting two sessions on SharePoint 2013: SharePoint 2013 Workflow: Automating Business Processes On-Premises & in Office 365SharePoint 2013 introduces a brand new workflow architecture by relying on Workflow 1.0 to facilitate simple and advanced workflow solutions. One of the new capabilities introduced to SharePoint 2013 workflows is the ability to work with dynamic values.
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    Blog: I'm Presenting at SharePoint Live! in Orlando, FL December 10-14

    I’ll be speaking at a brand new SharePoint conference for SharePoint administrators, developers and planners - SharePoint Live!, December 10-14 in Orlando, FL. http://bit.ly/SharePointLive6 I’ll be presenting the following sessions: Workshop: SharePoint 2013 Developer Boot Camp What’s New with Web Content Management in SharePoint 2013 What’s New with Workflow in SharePoint 2013 This event will have something for everyone (IT Pros, Developers, Business Users, Decision Makers), and will provide leading-edge training on customizing, deploying and maintaining SharePoint Server and SharePoint Foundation to maximize the business value.
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