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Microsoft Windows Workflow Foundation 4.0 Cookbook

Posted By:      Posted Date: September 16, 2010    Points: 0   Category :Windows Application
@Andrew Zhu, Can you let me know, when the book will be published. I pre-ordered the ebook, but not sure when that will be out.

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