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10 Things I Despise about SharePoint Workflows



I’m fed up with the lack of documentation and examples for sharepoint workflows. Here are the top ten things that are bugging me about this:

  1. Incomplete documentation
  2. Sparse or overly complex examples
  3. Few experts and community support
  4. Weakly integrated tools (both SharePoint designer and VS 2005)
  5. Disconnected assumptions about workflow forms (association, initialization and modification)
  6. Extremely poorly documented examples of state machine workflows
  7. Poor information on creating deployment solutions
  8. Continually recursive looping of some workflows with no blocking mechanizm
  9. Single instance workflows removing previous historical information
  10. Examples are primarily in C# and are difficult to translate to my VB programmers.

There… I’ve said it. I’m ready to learn more and begin building solutions, but until these top ten items are resolved, it will be difficult treading. The problem — I have 3 weeks to complete a complex workflow problem! Grr…


Author: Chris Quick

I have been a developer of web based solutions since early 2001 delivering solutions to a wide array of organizations using ASP, ASP.NET and SharePoint. I was introduced to SharePoint in 2003 when the consulting firm I worked for at the time introduced it into the workplace. I began working with MOSS 2007 as soon as Microsoft released the RTM version in November 2006. The platform was implemented at the organization I worked for in 2007 and went live in March of that year. I was tasked with the administration and ongoing development of the platform. I currently work as a SharePoint Architect with Artis Consulting, developing solutions for a wide variety of business problems. The goal of this blog is to share my discoveries developing solutions with SharePoint. I welcome your comments and feedback to any post -- and I welcome suggestions for future topics.

2 thoughts on “10 Things I Despise about SharePoint Workflows

  1. Unfortunately, I know that there are several books. I’m finding the same lack of documentation there as well. So, time to get out the tools of the trade and be prepared to break your installation at least once a day to try new tricks.

  2. I completley agree with you about the lack of examples and documentation, not only in workflows but with development of webparts and list customisation in general. As a newbie to MOSS I want to achieve certain things but don’t even know where to start (or where to look) as the documentation is poor

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