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My team develops internal business apps and most of them involve humans: automating a human is not that easy, and we always need to need to have escalations, reminders, e-mail notifications, ... built into our application. I'm looking for a workflow engine than can take care of all this so that we can focus on the workflow itself and the business logic around it (and the UI).
<a href="http://www.k2workflow.com/">K2.Net</a> seems to be THE product. But I was wondering if anyone of you ever used/evaluated this nice .Net add-on.
Damn... sorry for the bad href link in my previous post. Here's the link: http://www.k2workflow.com
IME, email reminders, notifications, authentication, etc. are essentially very simple to implement in .NET anyway. I developed a library for each and then I use them in my apps. I don't see the need to learn another framework.
Thursday, June 23, 2005
K2.Net allows to create workflows using their designer. It is mainly dropping state boxes, assigning actions to them and rules to the arrows connecting the boxes. It's nice cause you can easily create workflows that can integrate with your own databases, Active Directory, SharePoint and BizTalk. They also have a complete object model that can be referenced by any .Net application so you can launch and interact with workflow instances.
I was just wondering if some people here had experience with these tools and anything bad or good to say about it. It is not a cheap product.
It definately looks like an interesting concept, but with no download page, and no price list, and the registering for a trial key needs you to already have the installer running on your machine to get their generated computer number - it seems like you have to email them directly for a download even though I could not find anything that said that you had to do this.
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