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Putting workflow code in a separate project (using wspbuilder)

August 7, 2009 Leave a comment

As I am rebuilding one of our projects to make it easier to deploy I had to put the workflow code in one separate project. As I thought this would be a piece of cake I didn’t expect Visual Studio to show me a bunch of errors when doing so. The one that kept appearing was "The service ‘System.Workflow.ComponentModel.Compiler.ITypeProvider’ must be installed for this operation to succeed. Ensure that this service is available". After looking it up I got a bunch of different guids that I could put in my project file, but none of them seemed to do the trick. Until I checked out a WPF workflow post that told me to use some other guids and they worked fine. So, how do we start.

First of all, we will be creating a project that is called MyCustomer.MySuperSolution. We will make it a WSP Project or a class library. We will add a new item, which will be a blank feature (WSPBuilder Item). Secondly, we will be creating another WSP Project or class Library and call it MyCustomer.MySuperSolution.Workflows. We will be adding a sequential workflow feature that project. Let’s call it EmailWorkflow. As this will create it’s own solution (and that is not what we want, we want 1 wsp for the whole project) we will be making some changes. First of all, rename the feature folder that is called EmailWorkflow to MyCustomer.MySuperSolution.EmailWorkflow. That way it will have a decent naming convention in the feature folder. Move that folder to the same location in your MyCustomer.MySuperSolution project. Then delete the complete 12 folder structure from your MyCustomer.MySuperSolution.Workflows project. You can also remove the solutionid.txt file as it is no longer needed. Do not remove the snk as your assembly needs to be strong named.

Two steps remain, which are making sure that when you recompile your workflow solution that it is added to the manifest.xml by wspbuilder when you select build wsp, and to remove the dreadful errors in your workflow project. To make sure the assembly is added, right-click on your project, properties, build, output path. Point the output path to the bin/debug folder of your MyCustomer.MySuperSolution project. It is a good idea to also do that for the release configuration as many times you forget to set that up while building for release (which is then the bin/Release folder). To remove the dreadful ITypeProvider errors you need to open your project with notepad. Change your ProjectTypeGuids to:


and add the following line near the end of the file (there is already one import statement)

<Import Project="$(MSBuildExtensionsPath)\Microsoft\Windows Workflow Foundation\v3.0\Workflow.Targets" />

If you want to target the WF of .Net Framework 3.5 just change 3.0 to 3.5