Windows Workflow Foundation
Windows Workflow Foundation sounds like it’s going to be important. One of the first things of note is that there will be a client and a server version. Here is the summary from the MSDN web site on the subject:
Windows Workflow Foundation is the programming model, engine and tools for quickly building workflow enabled applications on Windows. It consists of a WinFX namespace, an in-process workflow engine, and designers for Visual Studio 2005. Windows Workflow Foundation is available (currently in beta) for both client and server versions of Windows. Windows Workflow Foundation includes support for both system workflow and human workflow across a wide range of scenarios including: workflow within line of business applications, user interface page-flow, document-centric workflow, human workflow, composite workflow for service oriented applications, business rule driven workflow and workflow for systems management.
I will be reading the article Introducing Windows Workflow Foundation next week to get me started, while I wait for my PDC 2005 DVD set to arrive, as unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend in person.