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WorkflowRuntime.CreateWorkflow Method (XmlReader, XmlReader, Dictionary<String, Object>)

Creates a workflow instance by using the specified XmlReader objects and the arguments contained in the specified Dictionary<TKey, TValue>.

Namespace:  System.Workflow.Runtime
Assembly:  System.Workflow.Runtime (in System.Workflow.Runtime.dll)

public WorkflowInstance CreateWorkflow(
	XmlReader workflowDefinitionReader,
	XmlReader rulesReader,
	Dictionary<string, Object> namedArgumentValues


Type: System.Xml.XmlReader

An XmlReader that contains the workflow definition.

Type: System.Xml.XmlReader

An XmlReader.

Type: System.Collections.Generic.Dictionary<String, Object>

A Dictionary<TKey, TValue> of objects keyed by a string that represents the arguments to the workflow.

Return Value

Type: System.Workflow.Runtime.WorkflowInstance
The created workflow instance.


workflowDefinitionReader is a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).


The WorkflowRuntime is disposed.

The workflow instance is created from the workflow definition referenced by the XmlReader and the arguments supplied by namedArgumentValues.

Before the WorkflowInstance is created, validation is executed on it. If any validation errors occur, the WorkflowValidationFailedException is thrown. This works well for simple scenarios, but in a server environment, revalidating a workflow for every activation might be unnecessary overhead.

For more information about disabling validation, see ValidateOnCreate.

For an example of passing in parameters to CreateWorkflow, see Workflow with Parameters Sample.

For an example of using rules defined in XML, see IfElse with Rules Sample.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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