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Sql Workflow Persistence Service

The SqlWorkflowPersistenceService class represents a fully functional persistence service. You can use this service out-of-box to persist and retrieve workflow state information about a workflow instance when requested to by the workflow runtime engine.

The SqlWorkflowPersistenceService participates in the workflow transaction batching functionality provided by the WorkflowCommitWorkBatchService. That is, it adds objects that represent pending writes to the SQL database to the WorkBatch and implements the IPendingWork interface.

The SqlWorkflowPersistenceService supports locking of workflow instances. This feature is used when several workflow runtimes share the same database. A column in the SQL database table is used to mark a workflow instance as locked whenever it is being used by a workflow runtime. The SqlWorkflowPersistenceService does not load a workflow instance that is marked as "in use" by another runtime. Typically these locks are released when the workflow instance is persisted, for example, on idle, completion, or termination. The locks can also be released automatically after a period of inactivity. This period of inactivity can be set using the constructor of the SqlWorkflowPersistenceService class. It can also be set through the configuration file.

For more information about persistence services in general, see the WorkflowPersistenceService class.

Workflow instances can contain timers, for example, if they have a DelayActivity. For workflows that contain timers, the SqlWorkflowPersistenceService records the time when the workflow's next timer will expire. The SqlWorkflowPersistenceService periodically polls the database, looking for workflows whose timers have expired. The frequency of the polling interval can be set using the SqlWorkflowPersistenceService constructor or via a configuration file.

The UnloadOnIdle property can be set to unload a workflow as soon as it becomes idle.

Derived from WorkflowPersistenceService

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