Document Workflows Using Annotations in WF4.5

Have you ever wondered why there is not a way to document your workflows? Yeah me too... Having a way to document workflows is a feature that is long overdue, but WF4.5 changes things by providing annotations, as a way to document or even over document workflows. Annotations can be added by right clicking on a workflow and selecting Add Annotations

After an annotation is added, its icon represents a little yellow sticky tab.

They even have a pinning option which can be toggled to show the full descriptions for annotations within a workflow  

Annotations can also be viewed within the workflow, I mention that the workflow can only have one annotation, but child workflows can have an annotation too

You guessed it... WF Variables and Arguments can also receive annotations

Annotations provide a great way for providing insight to your workflows for technical and non-technical people. Make sure to take advantage of using annotations and I think you will find that building workflows will become more productive. If squirrels had annotations, they probably would not have to dig so much!

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Posted by: BayerWhite
Posted on: 2/28/2012 at 2:22 PM
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