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Our company is making a research on,  if we could make a BPM(Bussiness Process Management)/Workflow solution package. The customer should design workflows and some documents(web pages). The designer could be  a windows application but the documents have to be web pages that can be seen by browsers. I want to use ASP.NET and C# and SQL Server. There must be someone who made a such thing or decided to. In my mind there are lots of question to discuss but some technical questions are;
1) How we could make a design program for workflow diagrams and for jop/task/approval  documents/web pages?
2) Do you know some tools/components/products  that design these? We could make out sourcing.
Thanks,
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by:raterus
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The closest I've gotten to this is creating my own program that I can feed a SQL query, and the page will spit out source code to an asp.net page (with lots of inbetweens), that will add/update/view this table in our database.  I use this when I get the boring assignment of making a maintenance program for a database table.

My experience with these full-blown programs is they are a load of crap.  My company had to deal with one years ago (that was marketed to us), and it was totally awesome to managers getting the sales pitch, but us in the IS department knew what a crappy system it was because we had to pull data out of it.

Could you make one yourself, of course.  But there is only so much you can program a program to program for you (what a mouthful).  As soon as the boss man wants something added, it's back to a real developer to make this happen.

Good luck!
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by:kosturdur
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Hi raterus,
Yes it seems  that this kind of a project is very hard to do and it's very hard to manage all the things. I just want to say something to my boss :) An I'm waiting some more comments fro other experts.
But I wonder how you create this asp.net pages from a SQL query and compile them. How can I do a such thing?
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Actually, I never get as far as compiling them.  I parse the SQL query for field names and bind a GridView from that so I can provide extra information, and then I start making the pages.

With asp.net 2.0 you wouldn't have to compile them, you could just move the pages you create to the directory you need and they will compile when you request them.
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-->Actually, I never get as far as compiling them.  I parse the SQL query for field names and bind a GridView from that so I can provide extra information, and then I start making the pages.<--

How you made your aspx pages? You know I would like to develop a windows form application with 5 controls(a test box, a label, a memo, a button and a custom server control or a user control) to enable last user to design it's document(web page).
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Is it posssible to add for example a user control or a custom server control with its c# code into a asp.net page?


-->With asp.net 2.0 you wouldn't have to compile them, you could just move the pages you create to the directory you need and they will compile when you request them.
<--

really :)) it's good news...
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There is no magic formula here, it's just outputting a text file line-by-line until you have it.
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