Creating SharePoint Workflows with WSPBuilder and WSS

As I mentioned in my previous post, WSPBuilder is a great tool for SharePoint development. Between its built-in commands and its project templates, it takes a lot of the hassle out of setting up SharePoint configuration files for your features and solutions.

However, it’s a little tricky to get it working for workflows, especially if you’re using Windows SharePoint Services instead of MOSS. Here’s what I eventually worked out:

  • Make sure you’re using the “WSPBuilder Project with Workflow” template for your project. I made this mistake this first time through, and nothing worked.
  • Remove references to Microsoft.Office.* Pull out the “ReceiverClass” and “ReceiverAssembly” references in feature.xml; you don’t need them anyway for a basic workflow. (If you do, you can always add them in later.)
  • Remove the AssociationUrl, InstantiationUrl, and ModificationUrl attributes from elements.xml. You’ll need to add them back in if you create forms for this workflow, but not for a basic workflow.