Wednesday, October 17, 2012

SharePoint 2013 workflow development tools

In this post we will discuss about various tools to work with SharePoint 2013 workflow. As we know SharePoint 2013 has improved workflow experience like Windows Azure Workflow.

There are several tools that come together to provide a rich workflow development experience, like:

1. Visual Studio 2013:
Visual Studio 2013 can be used to develop workflows similar to SharePoint Designer 2013. Apart from that you also can develop custom actions and tasks such as a workflow action that interacts with a custom application.

2. SharePoint Designer 2013:
SharePoint Designer 2013 provides a rich set of features specifically designed for workflow development against both the SharePoint 2010 Workflow platform and the SharePoint 2013 Workflow platform.

3. Visio 2013:
Visio 2013 is an Office application that is used to build diagrams by using shapes and connectors. You can use Visio 2013 to build workflows based on the SharePoint 2013 Workflow platform. You can import workflows from Visio 2013 into SharePoint Designer 2013, and vice versa.

4. InfoPath 2013:
InfoPath 2013 is a tool designed for form development. Using InfoPath 2013 you can customize the forms that a workflow uses as users interact with it.

5. A supported web browser such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Chrome Web browsers will be used to to interact with SharePoint Server 2013 sites. You can check browsers supported by SharePoint 2013.