Creating a Workflow Activity from a Windows PowerShell Cmdlet

Any Windows PowerShell module or cmdlet can be packaged as a Workflow activity by using the methods of the ActivityGenerator class. Use the GenerateFromModuleInfo, GenerateFromCommandInfo, and GenerateFromName methods of the ActivityGenerator class to generate C# code that represents an activity. You can then compile the resulting C# code into an assembly that can be added to a project as an activity.

You can then compile the resulting C# code into an assembly that can be added to a project as an activity by using a command line with the following form.

csc /nologo /out:AssemblyName /target:library /reference:System.Activities.Activity /reference:Microsoft.PowerShell.Activities codefile.cs

Example

The following example demonstrates how to generate C# code for an activity from a Windows PowerShell module.

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using System.IO;
using System.Management.Automation;
using System.Collections.ObjectModel;
using Microsoft.PowerShell.Activities;

namespace MakeActivity
{
    class Program
    {
        static void Main(string[] args)

        {
            StreamWriter CodeFile = new StreamWriter("c:\\\\testmodule\\codefile.cs");
            Collection<PSModuleInfo> ModuleInfos = new Collection<PSModuleInfo> { };
            PSModuleInfo ModuleInfo;
            string ActivityCode = "";
            string ModulePath = "";
            Console.Write("Type the full path and filename of the module to process:");
            ModulePath = Console.ReadLine();

            PowerShell ps = PowerShell.Create();
            
            ps.AddCommand("Import-Module").AddArgument(ModulePath);
            ps.AddParameter("PassThru");
            ModuleInfos = ps.Invoke<PSModuleInfo>();

            ModuleInfo = (PSModuleInfo)ModuleInfos[0];
            
            ActivityCode = ActivityGenerator.GenerateFromModuleInfo(ModuleInfo, "MyNamespace").First<String>();

           CodeFile.Write(ActivityCode);
            Console.ReadLine();



        }
    }
}

The following example demonstrates how to generate C# code for an activity from a Windows PowerShell cmdlet.

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using System.IO;
using System.Management.Automation;
using System.Collections.ObjectModel;
using Microsoft.PowerShell.Activities;

namespace MakeActivity
{
    class Program
    {
        static void Main(string[] args)

        {
            StreamWriter CodeFile = new StreamWriter("c:\\\\testmodule\\codefile.cs");
            Collection<PSModuleInfo> ModuleInfos = new Collection<PSModuleInfo> { };
            PSModuleInfo ModuleInfo;
            Collection<CommandInfo> CommandInfos = new Collection<CommandInfo> { };
            CommandInfo MyCommand;
            string ActivityCode = "";
            string ModulePath = "";
            Console.Write("Type the full path and filename of the module to process:");
            ModulePath = Console.ReadLine();

            PowerShell ps = PowerShell.Create();
            
            ps.AddCommand("Import-Module").AddArgument(ModulePath);
            ps.AddParameter("PassThru");
            ModuleInfos = ps.Invoke<PSModuleInfo>();

            

            ModuleInfo = (PSModuleInfo)ModuleInfos[0];

            ps.AddCommand("Get-Command").AddArgument(ModuleInfo);
            CommandInfos = ps.Invoke<CommandInfo>();

            MyCommand = CommandInfos[0];

            
            ActivityCode = ActivityGenerator.GenerateFromCommandInfo(MyCommand, "MyNamespace");

           CodeFile.Write(ActivityCode);
            Console.ReadLine();



        }
    }
}




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