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Extending SharePoint Designer Workflows


Building out workflows using SharePoint Designer is a great way to create basic, and even complex workflows for SharePoint without having to know C# or VB, or ever having to open Visual Studio. Sure, there are some drawbacks, such as ease of reusability, but, this extends the power of SharePoint down to non-developers to be able to drive business processes in SharePoint.

Like SharePoint itself, SharePoint Designer built Workflows can be extended as well, to create custom actions to do more with SharePoint Designer workflows than what comes out of the box.

The main point of this post is to direct you to two great projects on CodePlex that have done just that:

Both of these projects fill some of the voids with SharePoint Designer workflow actions, such as the ability to send emails with file attachments or list item attachments, start another workflow.

 

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About Geoff Varosky
Geoff Varosky is a Senior Architect for BlueMetal Architects, based out of Watertown, MA. He has been architecting and developing web based applications his entire career, and has been working with SharePoint for the past 13 years. Geoff is an active member of the SharePoint community, Co-Founder and Co-Organizer of the Boston Area SharePoint Users Group, co-founder for the Boston Office 365 Users Group, co-organizer for SharePoint Saturday Boston and speaks regularly at SharePoint events and user groups.

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