Thursday, July 21, 2011

Save and Publish in SharePoint Designer

I just recently learned that Save and Publish in SharePoint Designer actually function independently.

Whereas in Visual Studio, when I perform a Publish operation, Visual Studio automatically saves my current changes, performs a build/compile and then proceeds with the publish operation, SharePoint Designer does not appear to do the same thing.

Instead, it seems that the Publish operation in SharePoint Designer simply publishes the last saved copy of the workflow rather than saving the current content in the workflow designer prior to publishing the workflow.

Therefore, in order to ensure that the latest changes you have made in workflow designer are committed, you will have to perform the Save operation prior to performing the Publish operation.

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