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Sequential Work Flow in SP 2010 Using VS 2010

Posted by Venkatesh Kumar Articles | SharePoint 2010 November 20, 2012
In this article we will see how to create a sequential work flow in SharePoint 2010 using VS 2010.
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Introduction

In this article we will see how to create a sequential work flow in SharePoint 2010 using VS 2010.

Objective

Let's make the scenario simple. We want to create a simple work flow and if the work flow status is not completed, we need to prevent the user from deleting the document.

Steps

First we need to create a "Status" column with a Choice field type with various status options in our Document library.

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Once the "Status" column  was created, the document library will be as shown below:

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Open the VS2010 -> Select SharePoint 2010 -> Select the Sequential work flow project type and complete the wizard as shown below.

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By default we have the following simple start page:

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Just click the OnWorkFlowActivated step and create an event called OnWorkFlowActivated_Invoked:

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Just double-click the onWorkflowActivated step. It will redirect to the code behind file.

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Drag a while loop step from the Tool Box, below the onWorkflowActivated step:

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Select the while loop step and in the property window configure the "Condition" as "Code Condition" and create an event called "IsWorkFlowPending".

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Place the following in the our workflow:

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Invoke the "IsWorkFlowPending" method in both the "onWorkflowActivated_Invoked" and the "onWorkflowItemChanged1_Invoked" methods.

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Let's deploy the solution and we will check whether or not the workflow is deployed in our document library.

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Upload a document and start the workflow:

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We will see the workflow status as "InProgress" in the document library.

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Edit the task and change the status to Approved. Our workflow status will change to "Completed".

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We can prevent the user from "Deleting" the document, if the "Status" is not completed. Just add an Event Receiver in the same work flow project.

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In the code behind file, we will prevent the user from deleting a document if the status is "Pending".

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Let's check the code in the UI using a document which is in the InProgress Status and try to delete the document.

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If we click ok also the document is still in our repository.

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Let's make some changes in the code to display a user friendly message:

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Now when we try to delete the document we will see the following message.

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Summary
               
We created a simple work flow in VS 2010 and prevent the users from deleting a document, if its not approved.

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